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bio website james.wanless.info
location Vancouver, Canada
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seen Jan 17 '13 at 18:43

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.


Mar
4
comment Is text-transform uppercase frustrating when used in input form fields
+1 for mentioning that it's about meeting expectations. If you're going to break a standard design convention that users will expect, then there has to be a compelling reason why.
Mar
4
answered Home page design with search options
Mar
3
comment Default cursor on mouse over of a button is not a hand pointer
I think the affordance comment makes some sense and have given a +1, but I also still say that an interaction should be designed consistently across a site, even if it's a slightly different convention.
Mar
3
comment Default cursor on mouse over of a button is not a hand pointer
Yes, but in the markup they are (at least the one at the bottom of this form) <input type="button" /> whereas, a more traditional input type for the submit function on a form is <input type="submit" />. The default cursor on each of these is/can be different and is totally editable via CSS. I can tell any kind of markup to use any kind of cursor, but it doesn't mean the choice I've made is standard or even following any kind of convention. A designer really needs to decide what kind of visual cue makes sense and apply it consistently.
Mar
1
comment Default cursor on mouse over of a button is not a hand pointer
I've been completely off Facebook for a while now, so can't look at it live, but I'd also say that Facebook breaks a lot of convention around meeting expectations. Do all the choices on the menu then go to other pages on Facebook? If so, you 'could' say that the flow is about going elsewhere, with an intermediary menu in the mix.
Feb
28
comment Default cursor on mouse over of a button is not a hand pointer
On the web, certainly from what I've seen in well over a decade doing this, the hand cursor is for hyperlinks. In general, the pointer is for actionable items that happen on page or reload the same page. I tend to think of it as arrow=do and hand=go. Of course you can easily change the cursor on a hover state with CSS, so it allows you to think of crosshairs, question marks (usually for definitions or acronyms) and many other possibilities.
Feb
28
answered Default cursor on mouse over of a button is not a hand pointer
Feb
24
comment Blogs/Websites That Showcase Windows UI Examples?
The site you link to hangs like crazy with the Silverlight stuff it's trying to load. Not a great start.
Feb
24
answered Blogs/Websites That Showcase Windows UI Examples?
Feb
17
answered What is the optimal placement for the RSS icon? is there any?
Feb
17
comment What is the optimal placement for the RSS icon? is there any?
+1 for the context of the feed data.
Feb
17
comment What is the optimal placement for the RSS icon? is there any?
Actually @Charles you do have some control over the RRS icon in the address bar, the RSS <link ... /> can be omitted from your page code and it won't show in the address bar.
Feb
17
comment How many toolbars?
The second option wouldn't use two toolbars, as he is asking whether it's best to use one or two.
Feb
14
comment How do you control for a user's state of mind when asking for quantitative feedback?
True, if they are truly unobtrusive and just topics, that may help. It still won't tell Mark where the problems are necessarily. Maybe the app needs some thorough user testing, as opposed to simply seeking feedback. As I indicate below, I think some level of analytics have to be implemented here too.
Feb
14
answered How do you control for a user's state of mind when asking for quantitative feedback?
Feb
14
comment How do you control for a user's state of mind when asking for quantitative feedback?
Like e.commerce apps, though, putting distracting elements on every page of the process may only serve to distract. Hard to say if asking for feedback this way will inadvertently affect booking process or completion rates, as well.
Feb
14
comment Do progress bars help completion rates?
+1 for quoting several sources.
Feb
10
comment social share buttons best position
+1 for differentiating between the overall 'follow' construct for profiles and sharing of the article in context.
Feb
10
comment social share buttons best position
+1 for considering alternatives.
Feb
10
comment Signifying to user that field is editable
You are more talking about indicating current focus, whereas the question is about showing which fields are editable on the whole form.