Discussion Archive: July 2004

20 Jul 2004 - 6:20am
Dave Malouf

ADMIN: RE: Interaction design vs. Usability -> differences incompetency

I think it is good to explore the boundaries of our discipline, but I want
to re-iterate one of our founding principles here that it is really
difficult to speak about people and the titles they carry. I'm sure there
are many usability engineers who have to practice interaction design as part
of their role, but that does not mean that usability and interaction design
are not distinct disciplines, which are part of a greater whole.

I would like responses to Dan's message (if any) take that point of view,
that Dan is talking about the discpline and not the people.

20 Jul 2004 - 6:03am

ANNOUNCEMENT: BayCHI event on Rich InternetApplications (8/10)

Well, if we're going to promote BayCHI events on here, Jeff Johnson is speaking at the BayCHI Usability BOF tonight. You can find the details on the BayCHI Web site, at:

I recently heard a BayCHI talk about the work they're doing at Laszlo Systems. Very interesting stuff. Sarah Allen, who's one of the panelists at the RIA event Dave mentioned, was one of the speakers.

20 Jul 2004 - 4:23am
11 years ago
10 replies
zayera at bluewin.ch

Interaction design vs. Usability -> differences in competency

Hi folks,

I would like to discuss the issues, of Interaction design vs. Usability.
>From my perspective, since I am trying to fit into both "Shoes" I find it
very difficult to work in a Team, where only Usability Experts are around,
and noone representing Interaction design or a broader UX-perspective.

I have been thinking about why it is so?
Could it be that the "design-thinking" is completely uncomprehendable for
some Usability Experts?

19 Jul 2004 - 7:50pm
Dave Malouf

ANNOUNCEMENT: BayCHI event on Rich Internet Applications (8/10)

Hi people,

I know we have a pretty large Bay Area population on here (sorry if you are
not one of them), but I thought this might be of interest to people (BTW,
people can feel free to send me events and I can post them to the list as

The event is about Rich Internet Applications (RIAs).
It is in Palo Alto, CA on Aug 10th
For more information go to http://www.baychi.org/calendar/20040810/

I wish I could go but I can support this panel by posting here and other

Maybe someone who attends can give a report back.


19 Jul 2004 - 1:22pm
11 years ago
1 reply

Good Examples of Physicality in Web Visual Design


I am currently engaged in a Web application project for which the
client would like to incorporate a certain degree of machine-like
physicality in the visual and interaction design (e.g. "like iTunes").
I run up against this request all of the time, and typically argue
that focusing on information display and avoiding the propagation of
extraneous "chrome" is critical in a Web environment, especially,
given the fact that the Web page is already nested within the browser

19 Jul 2004 - 8:52am
Josh Seiden

Proactive search

A little while ago, we had an interesting discussion
about searching and browsing.

19 Jul 2004 - 8:30am
11 years ago
10 replies
Florian Weber

movement in webpage lists


im having a list in a webpage like this:

- item 1
- item 2
- item 3
- sub-item 1
- item 4
- sub-item 1
- sub-item 2
-sub-sub-item 1

the user should be able to move any item in the list to any other

19 Jul 2004 - 7:00am
11 years ago
2 replies
lopez_r6 at tsm.es

Colours and Interfaces

I´m interested in studying the effect of different colours in
interfaces. I mean, how can I choose the best colour to communicate
something, to stress something, etc. What colour for a buttom, what
colour for a line...

I would like to find book on that. Can I ask for suggestions?

Maybe there´s not book aboutcolours in Interfaces but there're books about
colour wich can be applied to interfaces.

16 Jul 2004 - 4:59pm
Andrew Otwell

Re: Design Methodology for GUI development

> Design Methodology for GUI development (Stephen Mallett)

I'll second what others have written: UML certainly isn't a method, but
can be a useful notation system. I currently work with developers and
system architects (and even marketers and salespeople) who "get it"
when I adhere to something like UML diagrams. I don't, unlike others
here, prefer to jump directly into prototyping. UML Use Case, Activity,
and Object diagrams let me pretty quickly translate product
requirements into another form.

16 Jul 2004 - 5:53am
11 years ago
30 replies
Stephen Mallett

Design Methodology for GUI development

I am looking to use the UML( starting with Use Case diagrams) to specify &
design the layout of control systems pages for a Marine project.

If anybody has any other suggestsion for a more appropaite design methodolgy
please suggest.
thanks for any input