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bio website lordscree.blogspot.com
location Bristol, UK
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Jun
16
comment What's the recommended way to use “question mark” icon?
+1 for avoiding the "X to close".
Mar
7
comment How to approach user documentation in a maintainable, but user-friendly way?
Thanks @DA01, I was wary of posting this question here, as it didn't seem a 100% match for UX.SE. But I'm after documentation that is easy to read and search, which is all UX :)
Mar
7
comment How to approach user documentation in a maintainable, but user-friendly way?
I hadn't thought of using blogging software, but the benefits you've highlighted to this approach do match up to the kind of thing I'm after.
Mar
6
comment Why we don't use wider interfaces on wide screens
MS Word now puts documents into a "Reader" view when I view them from emails. This sticks multiple pages together and displays them next to each-other. I hate it. So much so I usually take a few seconds to convert to Edit mode and then zoom the page enough to show a single page width in the middle of the screen (usually with wide margins)... Call me crazy :) I'm interested to know what the answer is to this question.
Apr
19
comment What should I use as an alternative to overlays for exposing inline information on a mobile website?
I'd stick with accordion-style reveal. It's a mobile device, so you pretty-much have to scroll anyway.
Apr
17
comment Are age verification banners effective?
Waste of code, waste of time everyone's time. Scrap 'em. I set up a Facebook group about this a while back, but haven't done anything with it for ages. facebook.com/groups/116359251750534
Mar
2
comment What explains the current shift from glossy UIs to matte UIs?
Lync, Word and Skype - three of the four examples in your table - are created by the same company (Microsoft). Regardless of whether or not there is a global shift towards a more "flat"/"matte" design, your example is crap!
Feb
26
comment Converting two character dates into four character dates
+1: I love the idea of showing both options to the user and allowing them to pick the one they want.
Feb
25
comment Converting two character dates into four character dates
+1: Good point about the future/past date question. It's a database of people and tasks (among other things), so some dates will always be in the past (i.e. birthdays) and some will generally be in the future (i.e. task due date). I expect I could alter the function to include an Expected Date Direction parameter, or something, with the following options: Mostly Future and Mostly Past, then adjust the guessing feature accordingly :)
Feb
25
comment Converting two character dates into four character dates
Thanks @msanford, that's exactly what I was just thinking :)
Sep
14
comment What's the terminology for bad practice around emulating browser functionality in your website?
Haha, +1, and touché
Sep
14
comment What's the terminology for bad practice around emulating browser functionality in your website?
Using your principle of least astonishment, would it not be better to design your site in a way that the browser's back buttons work as the user expects them to?
Sep
14
comment What's the terminology for bad practice around emulating browser functionality in your website?
+1 for consistency. This is the main reason I'm torn between appeasing the user (because I know he's kind-of right, for the reasons you mentioned), and sticking to my own guns because of the reasons given by @MattObee and the "Teach a man to fish" example. However, I intend to argue that it's better to be consistent with 99%* of other websites than to be consistent with a previous version of an old system... * bad science
Mar
6
comment Would intentionally slowing down UI help to increase sales on shopping sites?
"slowing users down on purpose is a manipulative design pattern"... Supermarkets spend millions on layout design for the store for exactly this purpose (google.co.uk/…). It's not ethics, it's sales. I fail to see how ethics has anything to do with this question - people aren't being forced to shop at a particular online store
Mar
6
comment Would intentionally slowing down UI help to increase sales on shopping sites?
I disagree. If you take a shopping site like Play.com for example, where you have various offers dotted around the page peripherals, I can really see how slowing down the page interaction at certain points would have the user's eyes taking in the rest of the page while they wait for it to load. The number of times I've clicked something, then noticed something else and gone back to it... I can see this working.
Mar
6
comment Would intentionally slowing down UI help to increase sales on shopping sites?
+1 I love the unmasked cynicism of this question =D
Jan
6
comment Merging firstname/last name into one field
IMO no answer could be better.