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Usability consultant in Norway.

My main focus is usability engineering and usability testing. I have my own usability lab with eye-tracking features.


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comment Messages such as “Operation Successfully Completed”: Is word “successfully” really necessary?
Hehe. But it is a good question. And all the no's do have a point. If I had to choose between "KISS" and "Emotional design", the answer would be "Keep it simple".
21h
comment Messages such as “Operation Successfully Completed”: Is word “successfully” really necessary?
Oh yes. I totally agree! It's hard to get it right, and wrong implementation will backfire on you. However, the UX-world has moved forward over the last 10-20 years. While we previously focused on the basics of "UI", we have recently put more focus on the X in UX as well. Designing a good experience is difficult, but it is part of the job. Sometimes critical, sometimes nearly irrelevant. Don't take this answer as an advocate of "emotional design". The point was to balance all the NO's by pointing out that the language you choose will affect how the user feels about your software.
23h
comment Messages such as “Operation Successfully Completed”: Is word “successfully” really necessary?
Fair enough, but the words you choose in your UI will affect how the user feels about your software... Even if subconsciously. (I've elaborated in an answer: ux.stackexchange.com/a/61756/95)
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answered Messages such as “Operation Successfully Completed”: Is word “successfully” really necessary?
Jul
18
comment How to make HTML5 number input field more user friendly?
OK. You could also consider "Select". While this would normally give you a drop-down list, some mobile devices (at least iOS and Android iirc) will give you a spinner at the bottom of the screen.
Jul
18
comment How to make HTML5 number input field more user friendly?
Take a look at "Range". That will give you a slider (if precision is not important). Eg. "Rate this from 1-100"
Jul
18
comment How to make HTML5 number input field more user friendly?
Can you say something about the context? Eg. what kind of value this is.
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Jun
30
comment Best way to do 'bulk edits' on a table
@Nathan, that could be a valid point. I do believe, however, that this action is an "expert-action" where the user is very focused and determined on what to do. Jumping back and forth is not likely in this dialog. FogCreek has developed a similar solution for FogBugz (help.fogcreek.com/9141/…). I use this software on daily basis, and I had to double check how "Undo"/"Cancel" was solved. It turns out that "Undo" is not possible, you need to "Cancel" if you change your mind. I have never considered this to be a problem, but ymmv...
Jun
8
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Layout for on-screen hexadecimal keyboard
May
7
comment Selecting multiple folders
@Nicolas I agree that the issue you raise is relevant for the software in general, but I cannot see how it's relevant for the actual question? Read the question once more. Goal: 'to have the user select the folder(s) he/she wishes to backup'. Problem: 'People get stuck in the folder selection dialog'. The issue you raise about unawareness would be suitable as another question, not as an answer to this question.
Apr
29
comment Selecting multiple folders
Very nice suggestions! Adding some numbers to guide the users is very smart.
Apr
29
comment Selecting multiple folders
I think this is a better explanation of the point I tried to make. +1 :-)
Apr
29
comment Selecting multiple folders
I think this is a better explanation of the point I tried to make. +1 :-)
Apr
29
comment Selecting multiple folders
BTW, it might be possible to add some additional, smart features to the "dumb software". Eg. showing the number of music files in the default music folder vs the number of music files in other folders.
Apr
29
comment Selecting multiple folders
2) The problem in the question is: "[The user] just closes the dialog without selecting any folder". This could be of two reasons. A) The users don't understand how to pick folders, or B) The users don't understand the concept (including the ignorance of the file structure). All suggestions so far are related to problem A), I wanted to point out that the problem could be something else too. Thus the suggesting about design principles like "good defaults", "illustrated choices", "smart selection", "direct access to common choices" and "mapping the user's mental model".
Apr
29
comment Selecting multiple folders
1) A user who know how to navigate the folder structure when placing the music files, would know how the select this when selecting backup-folders. It might be unclear from the MS-Paint mockup in the answer, but the upper half contains shortcut to the standard Windows folders, while the lower half is similar to the current solution. I.e. you can pick our own folders...
Apr
29
comment Selecting multiple folders
@Nicolas: Ah, now I see where your trying to take this. A couple of comments below...
Apr
29
awarded  Enlightened
Apr
28
awarded  Nice Answer