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bio website james.wanless.info
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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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awarded  Student
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asked Looking for 'planner' design patterns and opinions
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answered Error dialog for several parallel operations
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comment Can you describe the attributes, properties, and/or elements that make a user interface pleasing to the eye?
Many of the questions asked on this site are based on opinions. Facts inform the principles by which we design, but there is often more than one acceptable way to do things. Aethetics ARE important and someone shouldn't be chastised for asking about them.
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answered Good examples of websites that drive engagement for causes?
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answered How to best display a long list of check boxes
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comment How do you define interactions in a mockup?
+1 - I was going to suggest this very answer ;-) It's how I do my first cut at wireframes when I need to communicate interaction to the client or team. It's also very useful for programmers to begin technical design.
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awarded  Supporter
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answered Should a “search results” return the number of items found?
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answered Must-read User Interface Book?
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answered Activity transitions on Android
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answered Should hyperlinks be blue?
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comment UI design for ordering items in list
Buttons, however, are not the type of convention that users would expect for re-ordering elements. Arrows, perhaps. In the example I used above, the user is first provided a link that says "Re-order this list" or similar and then when they click it, these DnD icons appear next to the list items. These icons are as large, if not larger, than many button or arrow implementations I have seen - so your comment really seems to focus more on the size of these elements, not whether they are the correct ones.
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answered Putting critical but low traffic link in primary navigation
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answered UI design for ordering items in list
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answered Error-message to indicate invalid data has been entered?
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answered Should you place the “add a comment” form above or below the list of comments?
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answered Best practices for a sidebar on a blog
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awarded  Teacher
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answered How to handle account disabling and enabling