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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
28
comment Common web app usability gotchas?
cherne.net/brian/resources/jquery.hoverIntent.html is aimed at helping with some of this.
Sep
26
comment How to display interactive notifications inside a pop-up?
Could you use a sidebar or other persistent element rather than a popup?
Sep
26
answered What should a local musician's website look like?
Sep
23
answered Icon resembling “History”
Sep
23
comment How can a TV Remote's UX be improved?
Another thing is the segmentation of the remote into two physical sections. As you say, people use the nav buttons primarily, so they made it easy to hold in a position which puts these readily at thumb.
Sep
23
comment How can a TV Remote's UX be improved?
@Ben, one of the big changes they made is that rarely do you select a channel by number. You select a show, or you select recorded things that it automagically figured out for you. The number buttons are still there, but I can't remember the last time I used them.
Sep
23
comment How can a TV Remote's UX be improved?
You should definitely read this article. It details how designers re-thought the remote for the TiVo, and IMHO succeeded tremendously well: gizmodo.com/5017972/…
Sep
23
answered Tune the radio or tune in?
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
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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>.