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I'm a UX specialist investigating analysis and design of multi-user interaction. I specialize in design of CLIs and GUIs for use by programmers, QEs, and release engineers.

My doctoral work centered around using discourse analysis techniques to understand design requirements for groupware. I am currently employed helping to design a complex versioning/building/testing system.

In my spare time, I write science fiction; my first novel Duplicate is available as an eBook, paperback, or hardcover. My second novel, We Were Gods is also available as an eBook or paperback. Yes, there's a fair amount of programming and user experience in each of them. ;)

My statements on these websites are not official statements from any employer of mine.


Sep
23
comment What are factors in the Visual Design of a Language?
@blunders, I agree with what you say about interfaces. You may be interested in research we've done on language as a 'mediating artifact'. Language design is more than visual design, however. In any case, this actually seems like a better fit for a Language SE site.
Sep
23
comment What are factors in the Visual Design of a Language?
The vocabulary and syntax used in the text of an interface are important parts of the user experience. But it doesn't sound like you're asking that.
Sep
22
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
22
revised What are some iPhone app examples that successfully use progress indicators
spelling in title
Sep
21
comment What are your favourite examples of content with a rich taxonomy+metadata?
Can you give some examples of non-user-generated metadata? Do you mean things like page views?
Sep
21
answered Why do people clear the screen multiple times when using a calculator?
Sep
13
comment Credit Card input format
The downside is when, e.g., Excel tries to be TOO smart. When entering simple fractions (1/3) it will autoconvert to 3-Jan whether you wanted to or not...
Sep
9
comment How do you use an icon to represent 'click once' (not twice)
Why not fix the functionality? There could be a delay before the 'zoom out' function works--say, a second. Or you could use a different button for zoom in and out.
Sep
9
comment How to measure self reported computer proficiency? Ideally with one item
True story: I once asked a group of about 25 participants to rate themselves on a 1-7 scale on computer proficiency. EVERY SINGLE PERSON rated themselves a '6', except for one '7'--a person who didn't even know how to use a mouse.
Sep
7
comment Grouped list with a lot of singletons — how to present groups of size one?
@Kashyap, no, but sometimes it's something like 50 folders--45 of which have 1 item, the other 5 have lots of items.
Sep
7
asked Grouped list with a lot of singletons — how to present groups of size one?
Sep
7
comment How to correctly encode a leaderboard with a gap in HTML
@Adam, I'm not sure. You could also go with a <dl>, making the leader number the <dt> and the user name as <dd>.
Sep
7
comment How to correctly encode a leaderboard with a gap in HTML
Use an ordered list, and use css to turn off the list numbers: list-style-type: none; because using an unordered list implies you don't care about the ordering--which you do!
Aug
31
comment Is there any research to confirm whether “classic” scrolling or OS X Lion's scrolling style is “better”?
Apple does a tremendous amount of user testing; they just are very quiet about it...
Aug
29
comment How to display a distinction between actions which affect the 'real world' vs. actions that affect only the information in the application?
A visual decoration to indicate that a change isn't "published" yet would help reinforce this metaphor.
Aug
29
comment When did 1024x768 become the standard desktop screen resolution?
You may be asking the wrong question. It's not just about screen resolution. I often surf with windows that are only 600-800px wide. If you can't accommodate that scenario you'll cut out a number of users.
Aug
29
comment When did 1024x768 become the standard desktop screen resolution?
+1. If he's justifying to his boss/customer, then saying "since 2005, over half the visitors to w3schools had a 1024x768 resolution or higher" might work.
Aug
29
comment Graphing Uptime
What question are you trying to answer?
Aug
24
revised Menu in right sidebar vs left sidebar
Adding mobile tag (it was missed by some answerers)
Aug
22
comment What's the best way to handle deleted user accounts on a social app?
I'm a fan of systems that keep content created by deleted users, but use some indication the account is deleted (e.g., LiveJournal strikes-out the username). Otherwise you get a bunch of real-world null pointers...