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Programmer/Systems Analyst working mostly in PHP/HTML/CSS. Enthusiast follower of User Experience topics and solutions.


Jul
17
comment Why is the drag area usually limited to the “title bar”?
It's usually best to use "grips", little textured sections for users to drag on.
Jul
16
comment Name for: thumbnail getting big and spreads text?
Ohhh you mean the big image not the little ones. Huh. Not really sure there's a word for it other than zooming
Jul
16
comment Name for: thumbnail getting big and spreads text?
I'd say this is sort of like a non-conventional Accordion? jqueryui.com/accordion
Jul
11
comment Delete permanently or temporarily
What are the items? Seems almost more like a "dismiss" action than "delete" if the items aren't immediately/eventually removed
Jul
11
comment What do you call a layout of non-regular non-overlapping tiles?
Thanks to Google + I want to call it "cards" but that's not quite right. It's certainly a rising trend, and it's well beyond the point where it can be called just "pinterest like"
Jul
11
comment What do you call a layout of non-regular non-overlapping tiles?
This seems visually similar but I've never seen the term applied to a UI.
Jul
10
comment force a user to fill out a check box so they don't skip the question
Possible duplicate? ux.stackexchange.com/q/3335/7627
Jul
10
comment Are carousels effective?
Fixed @JonW's link thanks to Kathy E Gill on twitter Images are still broken but the article's titled "Taking a ride with carousels" and the text is all intact.
Jul
10
comment Alternatives to “Like”, “+1”, “Bookmark”, and “Favorite”?
Never been a big fan of this pattern, I've noticed Buzzfeed uses it. Just seems to splinter reactions into something harder to sort by (no universal "quality" metric). I'd want to be very sure you need all those emotions/statements as opposed to a binary choice or a rating scale.
Jul
9
comment Why to go with and when to use the “friend” or “follow” strategy?
I honestly don't know what it does on Deviant Art, I assume it's just a categorization for your sake.
Jul
9
comment Why to go with and when to use the “friend” or “follow” strategy?
As a sidenote, I find it very odd that Deviant Art basically has both systems; you have to "watch" to get updates, but there's a checkbox for "friend". I find it annoying that the box is prepopulated because, at least as a passive user, I'm basically never friends with the artist.
Jun
24
comment Why don’t we remove door handles and let doors open both ways (inwards, outwards)?
Are you talking about revolving or plain handleless doors? Handleless doors settle to the closed position unless locked open, you just let them close themselves. I'm pretty sure revolving doors simply lock in place if needed for security.
Jun
5
comment What is this hover menu on mobile website called? is it custom built or third party tool?
Reminds me most of the Windows 8 charm bar, though I know it's not unique. Not sure if "charm bar" is accepted as a universal term though
Jun
2
comment What's the big deal with Apple's 9:41?
The answer isn't really UX based, at least not in a very useful way. They just do it because they (at least used to) do keynotes at 9 AM, expected to reveal the product 40 minutes in, and it became something of an internal meme. Plenty of articles about it: tuaw.com/2014/04/14/… More of an Apple quirk than anything at this point.
May
6
comment What is the usability benefit of “drag files/images here”?
A possible benefit might be multiple files at once--ctrl click to select multiple files isn't always obvious. Personally I use drag'n'drop on Youtube because I've usually already got the (several directories deep) folder with the video files open. Don't have any real data to support that though.
May
5
comment Is there a standard icon for web accessibility?
Oh dear that W3C logo is exceedingly web 1.0
Apr
16
comment Forgot password— show the rules for that passphrase?
Microsoft at least does (sort of)--if you enter a password longer than 16 (which they infuriatingly don't auto-truncate for you) it at least warns "hey enter just the first 16 characters". Unrelated, but don't limit your passwords to 16 characters.
Apr
3
comment Progress bars over 100%
Most video games simply start filling the bar over again from the left with a new color, though this is generally the case when "100%" is basically "one level" of an item and multiple "levels" are supposed to happen
Feb
21
comment Automatically end an exam when the test taker achieves the minimum passing score?
If you can change your answers at any time isn't this a potential vector for cheating?
Feb
13
comment Has user testing found that the “three horizontal bars” for main menu on mobile is commonly understood?
@JonW he said on Twitter he was interested in doing more testing, hopefully he will