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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.


Apr
5
comment Using mobile design elements for standard web pages?
This question seems a bit vague as the techniques you could use would, in part, be determined by the requirements of your design project. I don't believe you can generalize an appropriate answer for this question.
Apr
4
comment Should every page in a site have a totally unique H1?
In your second last paragraph, I'd agree totally. For example, on your homepage the markup can be something like:
Apr
4
comment Should every page in a site have a totally unique H1?
Very good point. All h1 indicates is the highest level of heading, though in most cases that should a unique page title. For example, a solid approach to semantic markup will have the site title within an h1 tag on the homepage, but then in a div with an appropriate ID selector on all other pages.
Apr
1
comment Checkbox label negating
Yes, but you are still doing an action in your case and it's active, not passive. Choosing to exclude something is different in meaning than choosing not to. Always side on active vs. passive.
Apr
1
answered Checkbox label negating
Apr
1
comment Should a webpages header/navigation ALWAYS be the same across the site?
@Charles & @Vitaly I'd have to say that you really need to think about the point of the funnel you are at. Working at a post-sec where one of the goals is to complete course purchases and program applications, I can say from user testing, Google Analytics and a few other sources - without exception - that eliminating exits/distracting elements when the user is in the purchase process has absolute benefits. Many users (and Charles you may not be typical of the aggregate) border on ADHD when on the web. Forcing them through purchase quickly has a positive impact on the bottom line.
Mar
29
comment For online HTML based quiz question forms with single answers vs multiple answers, should I use radio button or checkbox?
I wouldn't go with checkboxes if the question only allows one answer. This is also about meeting expectations. Checkboxes for multiple answers and radio buttons for single answers is a standard convention that users expect most of the time. I'm not sure what benefit you derive from using checkboxes when only one answer is allowed.
Mar
29
answered Should Dialogs be avoided in modern applications?
Mar
29
comment Sharing buttons statistics
I'd agree with Charles' opinion on heuristic evaluation but also add that if you are interested in stats, as with something like the sharethis button, they include a full reporting feature, so you can get all the stats you want. Plus, implement your own Google Analytics on the buttons to further provide solid measurement.
Mar
29
answered Should a webpages header/navigation ALWAYS be the same across the site?
Mar
23
answered How many items in a web form drop down is too many?
Mar
21
comment Are wireframes appropriate for requirements documentation?
I do both jobs where I work (and PM the project usually) too Gary, so I hear you. I find myself tempted to jump right to solutions sometimes too. A project I'm currently working on, where I'm only doing UX work (not PM and not BA) reminded of the value of delineating these tasks. They did a 'process' flow first thing with the client, then requirements full of gaps and now I'm going back to the drawing board and doing the flows from scratch because they're all about what they think the data model should be and barely factor the user in at all.
Mar
18
comment Good design for Web Apps with Large Forms
+1 for providing resources for the question asker to investigate, as opposed to one-off opinions which may or may not suit the context in question.
Mar
18
answered What are some good examples of payment experiences that allow users to save payment info?
Mar
18
comment Multiple command inputs - negative sides?
Are you talking about multiple options to perform the same command/interaction on the same UI element? Or something else? It's not clear. Assuming it's what I asked above, why would you give users the kinds of examples you state? You say examples would be great, but I'd suggest you provide one or else you're not likely to get useful answers.
Mar
17
answered Are wireframes appropriate for requirements documentation?
Mar
17
answered Usability of Ctrl + Enter Submitting of Forms
Mar
17
comment Alternatives to dropdown list when possible results are not known
I agree. Would love to provide some feedback but your question is cloudy and ambiguous.
Mar
16
comment What should be the default option of a required dropdown list?
+1 as I too disagree with Michael. It's very common that if the default value is valid it will be something the user didn't intend to select, due to not paying attention.
Mar
14
comment Multiple sites or one site?
This is kind of off-topic. While I often grapple with this issue myself, it's more a question of web property strategy than of user interface.