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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.
May
28
comment Why do door knobs still exist?
IIRC, Ireland had a huge amount of new construction in the 90s. Maybe you're seeing the newer install base?
May
27
comment Why do door knobs still exist?
When installing a knob, it can be "twisted" with respect to level and you won't notice--the only sign is that the screw holes (mostly hidden by the knob) may not be perfectly aligned. With a handle, the entire handle will be tilted to the left or right. A professional installer will have a jig that makes this easier...which costs money and takes extra training.
May
27
comment is text preferable over digits?
Just be wary of only using red vs. green. Something like 1-5% of the population are color blind...
May
7
comment How to show range sliders on mobile
A circle slider might be useful for selecting a circular interval, for example, hours for a daily timer.
May
7
comment How to show range sliders on mobile
Are you looking for a design solution, or for a module that implements a draggable slider?
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
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?
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.