It’s the little things

The Shane Company has a great example of a slick usability trick in their print-out ring sizer, for you to see which size ring you need, they have pictures of coins and a ruler on the printout so you can ensure that the printout wasn't scaled to an inaccurate size:image

Very simple, but very nice.

The printout has many other simple but elegant tricks on it to ensure that the user doesn't get anything wrong, such as:

Guides so that you cut out the ring sizer at the exact tip:



Printing the numbers in the center so that they're not mercy to your scissor skills:



And if you have a ring that fits perfectly, you can just compare that ring to the circles on the page to see what the perfect size is... it's always nice to provide two different ways to perform a task if you have two different entrypoints through which you might need to get to the answer:


Comments (4)

  1. SW – It’s not built in, that’s a very geek-specific piece of functionality. With OWA 2003, you *can* do a raw HTTP request with Translate: f on the GET request directly to the /path/to/the/message.eml, and that’ll get you the full MIME headers… but obviously that’s not a simple operation =)

    My question to you is… what do you do after you look at the headers? E.g. why do you want that information, how does it help you make a decision, what are the possible paths of that decision, etc?

  2. karen says:

    I recently found a printable sizing guide on that shared some similarities.

  3. Steve says:


       I came looking for help with an OWA problem and found a most enjoyable blog, person / family and detour. Problem with those two "humans" is they grow into big ones — the joy is two of three now have little ones of their own:-)  Enjoy every moment!

       Your comment about ‘little things’ relates to my problem of the moment. I am away from the office and using OWA to catch up on mail. If at the office and looking at a questionable item that made it thru my filters I can right click and look at the internet headers. I have never found a way to do so from remote locations. Do you know of a way?

       My network is SBS 2003 with all patches and sp’s up to date. It is feeding directly to a high speed internet account and my own DNS domain, not thru AOL or ???

       Thanks for whatever you might be able to tell me. You and David have fun with the munchkins;-)


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  4. Steve says:


       About my earlier post — I check the header ‘return path’ and the ‘from’. If I find they don’t match, they look suspicious, or they are from a foreign country I don’t correspond with — bye, bye!

       I spend enough time fighting client’s "self inflicted" spam to allow it on my own systems. If there is a question, at this time I just wait till I get home. Another option would be nice, if not time consuming.



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