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Mar
11
comment How do I design a beautiful 6 month calendar view with 15+ event types?
What questions do people try to answer when they go to this calendar? A manager might ask, "is my team overloaded?" or "are releases too close together?" A developer might ask "what are my deadlines?" or "when can I expect code I depend on?" or "how many days until I have to ship this?" If you write out these questions, you can provide views into the data that help answer them.
Mar
11
comment How do I design a beautiful 6 month calendar view with 15+ event types?
What does a user want to see when they look at this? What is their goal? It seems like you are trying to "do it all" with a single view, but you may now need to branch out into multiple views / lenses. For example, a "free/busy" view, a "personal appointments" view, a "low priority appointments" view...
Nov
30
comment What are patterns for having user check correctness of data?
Ok. And how do they know when they are "done" with a page of results?
Nov
30
comment What are patterns for having user check correctness of data?
What do they need to do after each item is marked as correct or incorrect? e.g., if it's incorrect, they might need to make more changes. This would guide your interaction design.
Nov
20
comment multi-use physical buttons
Thanks. Remember to upvote answers you find useful.
Oct
15
comment Inherited massive (unusable) matrix of toggle buttons, wwyd?
Why do your users want to toggle intersections? What is their task? How do they think about the task? What other representations have you tried?
Oct
9
comment Asking for relationship status
No. The statuses above reflect the ones given in the question. The idea is that they match the list of legal statuses precisely, because what you're really asking is "What legal status do you have?" This is very different than "what is your marital status". So "never wedded" is wrong; that is not one of the legal statuses.
Aug
24
comment Who are we designing for? The majority of our users or the users who bring in the majority of our revenue?
Do you expect that breakdown to stay the same? Are you trying to grow your market? Good design is a great way to bring new users in, ones who would find yourself valuable but are put off by its painfulness.
Aug
3
comment Capacity available representation? Percentages or coloured icons?
Is this really an either/or situation? Seems like you could find a way to serve both populations of users--ones that want percentages, and ones that want the high level "ok / some concerns / critical" knowledge.
Jul
27
comment How can I ensure users don't fear the word TEST in the invitation for usability testing?
+1. I even stay away from 'evaluate'. "I was wondering if you'd be interested in trying out a new system and seeing what you think." Of course the usability test itself is more structured than that...
Jul
7
comment An icon for surname field?
The idea of 'surname' is itself problematic when you are programming for the real world. You might be interested in reading more on this: kalzumeus.com/2010/06/17/…
Jul
1
comment Is the folder structure dying?
David Weinberger's excellent book "Everything Is Miscellaneous" addresses this head-on. It's worth a read if you organize data at all. For more details: everythingismiscellaneous.com
Jun
11
comment Why not put Refine/Faceted Search on the right instead?
A more provocative question: if people aren't using it, why include it at all?
Jun
8
comment ALL CAPS fonts for industrial use
@pzv, don't think of it as one pixel, think of it as 25% of the width of that lower-case l. Then it's clearer how it can make a big difference...
Jun
8
comment ALL CAPS fonts for industrial use
And here's a more recent cite: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2016788 Ironically we are often taught that lower case is more readable, owing to an even earlier study.
Jun
2
comment Asking for relationship status
If you have a legal requirement to collect this info, then that's what you have to collect. Otherwise, collect something else, probably allowing user-input (for example, none of those options correctly describes my relationship status).
Apr
8
comment Are inner scrollbars a bad ux?
Fixed. thanks for noticing!
Aug
12
comment Is Markdown for emails effective?
Who are your users? How much support do you give them? Do you provide a GUI front-end that generates Markdown, or responsive feedback when they type it in?
Jul
7
comment Why are double-handle taps still installed in households and public washrooms?
You might be interested in similar discussion in this question: ux.stackexchange.com/questions/57929/…
Jun
4
comment Merging firstname/last name into one field
This entire case makes the (often incorrect) assumption that the user has precisely two names, and that their personal name comes first.