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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.


Apr
2
asked Buttons in the “tab area” of a page control
Mar
4
awarded  Pundit
Feb
26
comment Should there always be a header and footer on a website?
Oh, I really hate footers on web pages with continuous scrolling. Why do they do that?! Eg. Facebook.
Feb
23
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Is the term 'field' too technical when giving messages on a form?
Feb
21
comment Why are graphical user interfaces considered user-friendly?
@ChristopherJamesCalo: Good question. You should ask that as a new, separate question ;-) Short answer: It requires more work to remember commands than to recognize icons; we tend to organize stuff spatially (i.e. aprox. position of an element); consistency (eg. drag something onto something else); direct manipulation is more intuitive; experience from the real world can be re-used; ... and lots of lots of more ...
Feb
19
comment Is adding a discussion forum to a an eshop a good idea?
Isn't this one of the successful features of Amazon? Some user-tests have even revealed that users jump to Amazons site to read the review/discussion there before they decide whether or not to buy on another e-shop.
Feb
18
awarded  Good Answer
Feb
18
comment Why are graphical user interfaces considered user-friendly?
@Kiwy: Naturally, a GUI-app needs to be properly developed and well tested to ensure good usability. A messy GUI is not relevant in this question. I believe the scientists at Xerox PARC compared (by user-testing) 4 or 5 different sets of icons to ensure that the most intuitive and unambiguous icons where used. This project was indeed very user-oriented.
Feb
18
comment Why are graphical user interfaces considered user-friendly?
@nuoritoveri: Have you tried to compare those two alternatives while you're counting backwards from 100? That will give you a better impression of the actual mental workload. I'm not saying that you're wrong! On the contrary, I believe you are right in your example. But I know that several studies indicates that "mental heavy" work seems to go faster. Therefor: I trust research over subjective perception when it comes to timing. ;-) A GOMS-model could give us a clue, but I'm too lazy right now :-P
Feb
18
comment Why AMBULANCE is written as ECNALUBMA on emergency vehicles?
...and we have a candidate for the Reversal-badge ;-)
Feb
18
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
17
comment Why are graphical user interfaces considered user-friendly?
Hehe. I have a three year old who constantly tried to hit the "play button" on move-ad on the juice carton.
Feb
17
comment Why are graphical user interfaces considered user-friendly?
I think it illustrated the power of GUI very well ;-)
Feb
17
comment Why are graphical user interfaces considered user-friendly?
Hey! I wanna click the play button... Something's wrong with this UI :-P
Feb
17
comment Why are graphical user interfaces considered user-friendly?
Programmers do develop console applications (and services without any user interface at all!). It's is the user's needs and the purpose of the application that determines whether the application should be GUI or not.
Feb
17
answered Why are graphical user interfaces considered user-friendly?
Feb
15
awarded  Custodian
Feb
12
comment How can I get useful usability data from a focus group?
What a challenge! Could you try collect some "usability goals" from these folks instead? Rate of success, time per task, efficiency, effectiveness, etc, etc. Then use this as a basis for further "quality assurance". Letting them perform a task through consensus sounds like a good idea. Perhaps you could use the goals you have set to point out the areas that needs more attention and actual user-testing afterwards ;-)
Feb
11
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
10
comment Apart from safety, has there been any research conducted, hopefully current, with respect to user-experience and right- vs left-hand traffic?
Yes. That was my point. If you drive a LHD car (with the driving seat on the left side of the car), then your gear stick and radio and air-condition would be on your right side. Right? Since most people are right-handed, I would claim that it is easier for the majority of us (70%-90%) to control a LHD car. All the stuff in the middle would be controlled by the dominant hand. Thus: less mental work and distraction, and more maneuvers with the hand you are more skillful with.