Author Archives: Alex Poole

Forcing function on door stops you forgetting your bags

Placing the bag hook on the door frame means that you have to take your bags before you can open the door Continue reading

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Playing Top Trumps with UX

Do you remember the card game Top Trumps, where you beat your opponent’s hand with a card that outranks it in some capacity? Well, in UX you can play a version of this where instead of carefully crafting the visual … Continue reading

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Severity ratings for usability reviews

A quick reminder of severity ratings – these ones are adapted from ‘Usability severity codes’ in Usability & Technical Documentation, Xerox Corporation, July 1995. One point to remember – if you are developing applications for internal use in an organisation, … Continue reading

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Google Wallet email looks like a phishing attempt

I just received this email apparently from Google asking me to update my some of Google Wallet account details. Turns out that’s it’s genuine, but why did they make it look so much like a phishing attempt? There are 3 … Continue reading

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What is user experience?

User experience (UX) is a convergence of many disciplines. It goes beyond making something just easy to use or visually pleasing, but looks after all the aspects of a person’s interaction with a product or service – and most importantly, … Continue reading

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Widget for impatient readers

This little flag tells you how much time left to read till the end of the article. I don’t know if it’s pandering to people with low attention spans, but I like it anyway. See it in action here:

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