User Experience viewing images is difficult

Twitter Default View

You are browsing and see an interesting image.  So you just click on the image / media to view it larger. Viewing Image in Standard view

Twitter Default View
Twitter Default View Image Size larger 503 by 510 px

As you can see in above image, the size is 503 pixels by 510 pixels, above screen-shot was taken in Full Screen mode.

So you click on it to get a large view, but viola, twitter screws up all the real estate. When you click on the image, it opens up in a light-box in even smaller size 295 pixels by 413 pixels. Viewing Image in Lightbox

Twitter View Image in Lightbox smaller image in Lightbox 295 by 413

By Design, user expects large view on clicking the media, here the opposite happens.

I saw this Twitter Blog post [Twitter Blog: Updates for viewing images] by @chenosauraus, targeted to solve exactly this problem. Guess it doesn’t.

There is even a Chrome plugin to solve this problem. Sad that Twitter couldn’t not solve it by design.

Please fix this @twitter.

Coursera Usability Problems


How people, learn ?
They view videos, take notes, research and they don’t do all of this at one go. There are breaks and most prefer to do it offline, not bound by the progress of a browser window limiting and dictating your pace. Continue reading “Coursera Usability Problems”

What does Microsoft think about Heuristic “User Control & Freedom”, they don’t

My recent exposure to Microsoft’s take on the heuristic “User Control and Freedom”, which essentially says, Don’t give users control and freedom. No control on updates and forced re-starts. Continue reading “What does Microsoft think about Heuristic “User Control & Freedom”, they don’t”

Screwed up Password Reset design at

How screwed up can you make the password reset forms ?

How screwed can you make User Experience, when you try to create a new account on site, English version. The form validation throws error in Chinese if you already have an account with them. Continue reading “Screwed up Password Reset design at” – Preventing User Errors

User Errors: Preventing them for good

How violates Heuristic 2: Match between system and the real world and costs travelers trouble and how quickly this can be fixed.

User Errors: How minor text changes at can help prevent User Errors (mistakes) on the interface and create an effective and trustable User Experience.

Continue reading “ – Preventing User Errors”