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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.


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?
Mar
13
comment Is there an established gradient of colors reflecting completeness of a form?
Red vs. Green presents a number of problems. They only mean "stop/go" in some cultures; and there is a sizeable red/green color-blind population.
Mar
13
comment Benefit of “Twisty bottom” ballpoint pens over “Clicky tops”
I can (and do) twist my twisty pens with one hand...
Mar
7
comment Should we fake succesful form submit, display result and then revert if some conditions are not met?
This technique is becoming widely used among sites, yes, especially on mobile apps--G+ and Facebook both seem to use it. Interestingly it also matches a conversational pattern among humans, where you presume you've been heard, and expect to get interrupted later if your message wasn't received right...
Mar
6
comment What is the expected result for mouse inputs in web based applications?
I think this is a very new trend--only in the past 2-3 years, as developers get more used to overriding the standard browser right-click menu.
Mar
3
reviewed Approve suggested edit on public transit bus stop and door buttons
Feb
27
comment How to handle settings which can be both set mechanically and via a computer?
Some of the old patterns there were pretty awful. For example, changing volume in software would persist until you accidentally nudged the hardware controls--at which point the volume would jump to the hardware-set leves, potentially blowing out your spreakers. So perhaps not the best source of positive lessons...
Feb
14
awarded  Necromancer
Feb
12
revised Why is the input field always at the bottom of a chat window?
[Edit removed during grace period]
Feb
6
reviewed Reject suggested edit on I have a link that lets the user add, delete, modify elements. What should I call this link?
Jan
31
answered How can you change a poor design without alienating experienced users?
Jan
13
comment Why is everything becoming flatter?
You might also ask why everything became shiny and 3D in the 90s and 00s. The short answer: because technology supported it.
Jan
11
awarded  Nice Question
Jan
6
comment How to deal with very small droppable area in touch devices?
That sounds like it might be a good idea, but it's hard to tell from your answer. Can you expand what you mean?
Jan
2
awarded  Custodian
Jan
2
reviewed Leave Closed Human Factors grad looking to start a career in UX
Jan
2
reviewed Reopen Which verbiage is appropriate for a combined login/register button and why?
Jan
2
reviewed Leave Open Could cognitive style be transferred to personas?
Jan
2
reviewed Close What UI elements would improve my booking page?