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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.


Oct
3
comment Up & down arrows vs Drag & drop for reordering elements
True! Though you've now added some ambiguity to the interface--and you'll need to have some sort of drag affordance, unless you want users to find it purely by chance, so that will also take up extra screen real estate.
Oct
2
answered Up & down arrows vs Drag & drop for reordering elements
Oct
1
comment What is a small screen alternative for drag and drop?
@Alexey -- What did you use to make that animation?
Sep
27
answered If the 'delete' key deletes, what key inserts?
Sep
27
comment Should I use .com as default suffix in email field?
It seems like an extremely minor convenience for some users, and an inconvenience for others. Are there other places to add value instead? For some folks (e.g. iPhone users) this will be handled by their OS, and for others their browser will be auto-filling the field anyway.
Sep
27
comment Are glyphs of a tortoise and hare understood to indicate speed cross cultures?
Which cultures are you thinking of?
Sep
26
comment Should i optimize my website for non-javascript users?
Dunno--do your users use JavaScript or not?
Sep
24
answered Providing two versions of --help
Sep
23
comment Which one is better in our case if MDI is considered bad?
"Bad" at what, specifically?
Sep
17
answered How to gently lock a form when user is still typing (after finished countdown)?
Sep
17
comment How to gently lock a form when user is still typing (after finished countdown)?
For a counterexample to the "gently" part, see Write Or Die: writeordie.com which can be set to start erasing your text if you stop...
Sep
12
comment A natural-language format for time and date
You've already constrained your solution by deciding to say "at XXX". What about "12 minutes ago"? What about putting timestamps on the left? Does the user even care? It'd be most useful if you explain the task that the user is trying to perform with this information...
Aug
26
comment Chose a person from a list of ~10000, with 1 optional filter by group (~1000 groups)
We need a lot more detail. Why would someone do this? Do you know anything about the relation between asker and person? What other information is available?
Aug
22
comment Changing a visual object as it is dragged
This seems like a good approach. Visually help the user understand that the Event is being wrapped in a "Conversion" without losing its identity. You could do it gradually (fade in a rectangle around it), or by location (the rectangle is clipped by the destination region.)
Aug
19
answered Has a proper usability study been published on the Microsoft Fluent UI?
Aug
18
awarded  Yearling
Aug
12
revised How do you arrive at a information architecture from a mental model?
changing title based on comment from author. Also minor reformat.
Aug
12
answered If a user does not want my application to use his title, should I give him a checkbox for this setting?
Jul
26
answered Is the term second degree customer/user/client acceptable or easy to understand? What is a better alternative?
Jul
22
comment Why are soft drink bottles round, and milk cartons square?
...and to give the other half of this: the reason milk cartons aren't round is that they pack into a smaller volume. (Milk used to be delivered in round glass bottles, which were round both to resist impact and because making square glass bottles is more of a pain in the neck.)