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bio website james.wanless.info
location Vancouver, Canada
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I'm a Senior Analyst at a western Canadian higher education institute, but my main work focus is interaction design, information architecture and usability on medium and larger scale web application and site design. I hesitate to use the term 'user experience designer' because I believe we only design the elements of user experience and not the experience itself.


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comment What are good rules for naming tags?
True ... that's why I said 'typically' as you certainly can have a closed tagging system, providing pre-determined values while allowing users to choose.
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answered What are good rules for naming tags?
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answered Navigation Bar, mixing links and buttons
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comment Advertisement headers for a website
+1 for the "don't" recommendation. Is there an absolute business requirement for a banner ad space? Feedback you can give the client is that banner ads are pretty much completely ineffective. Just ask Google.
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answered How to choose the text on the submit button in forms?
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answered Recommended books for enterprise application interface design
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answered Better term for “user”
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answered What are innovative, new ways to design Master/Child relationships on a page?
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comment Do users like choice? How much should I give them?
+1 for 'asking users.'
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comment Do users like choice? How much should I give them?
-1, as you're making a sweeping generalization here. You've decided that "users don't need settings on a slideshow; they'll just get in the way." This opinion is based on exactly what? Then, "The defaults in your example are perfect. No settings are needed." Again, this is based on what? What if the transition is too fast for some users' visual acuity? What if there are things that should have options based on what the slideshow needs to do?
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comment Alternatives to checkboxes and radio buttons in web-based surveys?
I'd say then you develop two prototypes, one based on traditional form standards and design them as clearly as possible (lots of negative space, clear labeling, good font size, entire field clickable, etc) and then build something a little more blue-sky and then do some A/B testing. When you really need to know how users will react to your concept this is a pretty good way to find out if you are on the right track or if there's a reason these options are tried and true. Survey monkey for example makes radios/checkboxes BIG AND CLEAR with nice styling, but still uses them ;-)
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answered Alternatives to checkboxes and radio buttons in web-based surveys?
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comment Long scrolling form or 3 compact pages?
Definitely. +1.