Discussion Archive: June 2004

15 Jun 2004 - 10:24am
12 years ago
8 replies
Nathan Moody

Rapid Prototyping (was: Konfabulator)

FWIW, I thought I'd share several techniques that my firm uses for=20
rapid prototyping.

1. Visio. Since all our IA schematics/wireframes originate in Visio,=20
it's fairly easy to assign objects HTML links and export your Visio=20
deck as HTML. This is a great way to also test your IA thinking on test=20=

audiences and conduct wireframe usability reviews. Adobe Illustrator=20
and Macromedia Freehand can do similar stuff, but the true multi-page=20
Visio environment is easier to manage.

2. Flash. This is really our prototyping weapon of choice.

15 Jun 2004 - 10:09am
12 years ago
6 replies

an interface vocabulary

I'm developing a taxonomy with several vocabularies for a client. One
vocabulary is interface objects/GUI for web and software, so it crosses web
content, web application and client application terms. I was wondering if
folks would mind commenting. It's quite rough (and perhaps you might enjoy

I'd love:

new terms I don't yet have
comments on relationships (I.e. that's not a control, it's a X)
and anything else you have to say.

the notation is traditional LIS..

BT = Broader Term (I.e. parent)
NT = Narrower Term (I.e.

15 Jun 2004 - 1:00am
12 years ago
3 replies
Saad Akhtar

Signal Orange]

Jeff Howard wrote

On the highest level, it's interaction between the organizers and the government.

At "some" level everything interacts with everything! I've heard people
say "The sky is interactive.. it changes and affects people!!" Still
doesnt make it interaction design. And splitting hairs like calling the
signal orange t shirts "experience design" and isnt really neccesary. I
mean can't fashion just be fashion? If you really want to... you can
find interaction designer in everything...

14 Jun 2004 - 4:21pm
Pete Gordon - U...

[ANN] VisualMark User Experience Lab Beta on Mac OS X

Our Product is now being released on a selective basis to Beta Users.
If you are interested in being involved with the beta testing, please
contact me.

The VisualMark User Experience Lab, brings together multiple video,
audio, and screen inputs to record User Experience. It can be used for
Software Usability, Focus Groups, and Consumer/Market Research.

Here are the requirements to use the product:

1. Mac OS X 10.2 or 10.3 (a fairly recent computer G4 800Mhz+ is
2. One or more Firewire webcam camera (ex. Apple iSight) -- Does not
work with Digital Video Cameras

14 Jun 2004 - 10:55am
12 years ago
1 reply

Future Workshops as a tool for generating vision/buy-in


Has anyone on this list come across Future Workshops[1] before?

I'm trying to get the university I work in to look more holistically at it's
IT and electronic learning and teaching provision. As universities tend to
be fragmentary organisations[2] I thought that a participatory technique
might be more successful as it would bring people together to see a
whole-university view rather than that of individual units. In the
Participatory Design literature that I read Future Workshops seemed to come
up quite often.

14 Jun 2004 - 6:07am
12 years ago
1 reply
Jason Moore



I've been playing with a nifty application called "Konfabulator"[1] for
the past few weeks, and I'm wondering how relevant it is for other
interaction designers.

It's a little environment that allows people to run "widgets", which
are mini-applications. (e.g. show the weather in Paris, a clock with
the time in san francisco) But, what I love is that a widget is just
some graphics and an XML file, so you can easily modify other people's
widgets or write your own.

I'm thinking Konfabulator is a good way to prototype interfaces; either
a physical ones (e.g.

13 Jun 2004 - 2:54pm
12 years ago
6 replies
Dan Saffer

Signal Orange

Another brilliant fashion/interaction design project:


"The organizers of the "Signal Orange" t-shirt campaign want people to
wear shirts displaying the identities of individual US soldiers killed
in Iraq. They say the project serves to remind the world that war
creates real victims on both sides. Signal Orange is a project to make
the invisible visible -- which is a premise and prerequisite for

11 Jun 2004 - 2:46am
12 years ago
1 reply
kaushikg2004 at...
10 Jun 2004 - 11:05am
12 years ago
1 reply
Susan Farrell

Navigation examples: trees

I'd like to raise several issues I've seen with trees. Maybe they've
been solved and I just don't know it.

1. Tree widgets sometimes require MIE on Windows version 5.5+ which
makes them suitable for intranets but not for the Internet.

2. Tree widgets sometimes have such small click targets or labels
that they are difficult to operate from that standpoint. Sometimes
they don't respond to font-enlargement controls in the browser.

3. Technologists are more familiar with trees than end users, so some
people just don't know what to do with trees.

9 Jun 2004 - 4:37pm
12 years ago
3 replies
Jim Hoekema

interface standards - the CE space

Dave Collins makes an excellent point regarding consumer electronics:
> In the case of stereo equipment, the companies are still jockeying for
> position, and whether they like it or not, the interface to their device
> is still strongly perceived by the user to *be* the device.