Designing the Steps in the User Interface for a Difficult Task

Breaking down a difficult task into bite-sized steps is a good first step to making a task simpler…but only if you build each step correctly. Here’s how to make a difficult process for your users into something much easier. In a previous column on creating user interfaces for difficult tasks, I discussed how a difficult task […]
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User Interface Design for Difficult Tasks

A well-designed user interface design can make even difficult tasks appear to be simple. And the good news is that creating that UI is not, itself, a difficult task. In fact, here’s how to do it. After users have completed some task, it’s easy to identify whether it was a “difficult task”: It’s one where […]
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Three Things You Need to Create a Great Search UI Design

When using search there’s more going on in your user’s mind than just typing in some random keywords (and it’s all about two numbers: relevancy and precision). Here’s how to support how your users use search. A few days ago, I went looking for a book I had read as a child. While knowing the title would […]
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Mobile UX Design – How to Define the Mobile User Experience.

With mobile User Interfaces, it’s not about “fitting it all on the small screen” – it’s about designing the scenarios that match the mobile experience. When I work with clients in creating mobile user interfaces, I often find that the developers involved want to know about tricks that will let them “fit more stuff on the […]
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How to Make the vi Editor in UNIX Even More Powerful and Friendly

The vi editor is the standard editor for the UNIX family of operating systems. It will be there, and as long as you get your terminal type correctly defined (VT100 is usually a safe and adequate choice), it will work. It doesn’t need graphics, and it does not rely on having the special keys defined. […]
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