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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.


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.
Feb
9
awarded  Commentator
Feb
9
comment How does one create Website UI guidelines?
Do you mean UI guidelines as per a style guide for an organizational site or are you referring to something guiding the general design of sites? Is this to be placed within an existing framework or ... ? More information would be helpful to provide an answer.
Feb
9
comment Is there a usability reason for centering a website's content area on a page?
45, 35, whatever ... a large enough display will force you to turn a fair bit to read a left aligned page. The point Philip was making is still valid, regardless of what you felt was the need to admonish him over semantics.
Jan
15
comment Flash photo galleries without xml configuration files
This really isn't a user interface or UX question. It's technical and belongs somewhere else.
Jan
11
awarded  Critic
Jan
11
comment Resource/advice for deciding a design process?
I'd have to say that telling them design shouldn't wait until after the wireframes are finished needs qualification. Design of what? Technical design and development could start independent of UI/UX work, but IMHO starting visual design before you've got structure and interaction nailed is asking for trouble.
Jan
7
answered Resource/advice for deciding a design process?
Jan
5
answered fixed-width vs full-browser for web app
Dec
14
answered What are best practices for labeling navigation?
Dec
9
answered Most intuitive delete icon
Dec
2
awarded  Scholar
Dec
2
accepted Looking for 'planner' design patterns and opinions
Dec
2
comment Looking for 'planner' design patterns and opinions
Thanks Peter. We've actually settled on some session-based widgets for in-session interaction and then I'm presently developing a graffle flow that covers prompting users to login or create an ID to use a saved planner.
Dec
2
answered Suggestions for menu mockup with “user options”
Dec
2
answered Search box in header or body?
Dec
1
awarded  Autobiographer
Dec
1
answered Autosave UI pattern
Nov
29
comment Looking for 'planner' design patterns and opinions
Thanks Peter. I didn't get into authentication models because, being higher ed, we use an industry standard CRM tool called Banner. It's a Sungard behemoth and all student and prospective student CRM IDs are handled through it. I'm more inclined to display session data in a sidebar widgetm, by trying to use session cookies or PHP variables and then make it clear to the user that, if they want to save for later, they must create a user (Banner) ID to do so. This way we don't put the ugly Sungard acct creation in front of them. Poor UX and unnecessary complication too early.
Nov
29
answered Should breadcrumb menus ever be two lines?