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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.


Apr
28
comment How many icons are reasonable?
There are very few users who would routinely recognize and be able to distinguish 1000 icons! Maybe a few dozen. Think about how often people mistake one icon for another on their phone's screens. Consider some other way to organize information.
Apr
25
comment “soft” error messaging. Is that a thing? Precedence?
[Error, warning, info] is a common pattern in development contexts, and may make sense for some UIs as well. Errors block progress; warnings don't, but should be heeded; Info is strictly for additional assistance.
Apr
25
revised “soft” error messaging. Is that a thing? Precedence?
edited tags
Apr
17
comment How do I best explain 3 ways to divide a volume?
Could you put a small graphic next to the text for each button, to reinforce the options?
Apr
8
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Do long domain names really affect user experience?
Apr
3
answered The logic behind having an OK button and Apply button
Mar
31
revised Do large format books make a substantial improvement?
improved formatting
Mar
27
reviewed Leave Open Best way to organize multi-person content audit?
Mar
26
comment Should you concede to user demands that seem clearly inferior?
+1. Users often don't know why, and will make up lies if you press them for a reason, but they know what they don't like.
Mar
25
comment Are there usability problems with optgroup?
Have you tried asking the people giving the feedback what their reasons are? That would be an interesting conversation. Don't let them stay with "for no reason" (which, btw, is highly unlikely--it might be "for no GOOD reason" to you, but there's always a reason, and it might be good to the other person).
Mar
18
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Displaying a search option based on the size of a list
Mar
18
reviewed Edit suggested edit on Full width header vs standard width header
Mar
18
revised Full width header vs standard width header
grammar x 2, rm thanks
Mar
18
reviewed Reviewed searching within form
Mar
18
revised Faceted search: dealing with poor data quality / incomplete classification
fixing formatting
Mar
17
comment Are there PhD topics for user experience?
Experiences definitely differ here. While some came in with the same idea they left with, many of my cohort either had no idea--or had an idea only to discover their PhD ended up wildly different than what they'd originally aimed for.
Mar
17
revised Are there PhD topics for user experience?
added 58 characters in body
Mar
14
reviewed Close Negative Effects on UX from Text on Images
Mar
13
revised “people don’t know what they want until you show it to them”
typo
Mar
13
answered Is there an established gradient of colors reflecting completeness of a form?