Discussion Archive: August 2004

31 Aug 2004 - 12:38pm
Peter Merholz

[PLUG] Adaptive Path UX Workshop, Toronto September 28-29

Hello all--

I'm writing to invite you to Adaptive Path's two-day workshop on
the complete user experience being held in Toronto from September 28-29,

Using numerous examples from Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, and
not-for-profits, Jeffrey Veen and Lane Becker will teach you how to
incorporate user goals, business needs, and organizational awareness
your design process.

This is our flagship presentation, a detailed walk through an entire
user experience process, where you learn how to...

- Develop a detailed understanding of your users through task analysis,

31 Aug 2004 - 9:15am
Dave Malouf

Tim Brown of IDEO, interviewed by NextD Journal


Thought people on this list might be interested in this article/interview.


-- dave

31 Aug 2004 - 1:29am
11 years ago
4 replies
Martin Jonasson

Reading suggestions

I'm trying to update my skills in graphical design and design of GUI. Last
time I focused on the excellent "Designing Visual Interfaces" by
Mullet&Sano. Anyone got suggestions for other good books on GUI-design and
communication oriented graphical design? What books are essential and why?
I'll appreciate all answers.


30 Aug 2004 - 11:02pm
Frank Ramirez

CA bay area folks, First Friday

Cut and paste is well established, though not perfect.
Move and click has potential, though not proven.
The only thing that works for sure is called "Lift and tilt." Give it a

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Address: 333 California Dr, Burlingame, CA 94010
Phone: (650) 344-6050
Map: http://tinyurl.com/65724
across the street from caltrain, no excuses!

First Friday, user experience designer happy hour. Come whine, network,
exalt, and otherwise talk about UED and the nature of existence.

Fri, Sept 3rd
6 p.m.

30 Aug 2004 - 8:03pm
Dave Malouf

ADMIN: RE: Digest not working yet; RE: The badly shod shoemaker

<< Perhaps there is something we can do to help (other than Visa numbers)?

Hans (and others),

Ok, so after about 4 versions of this e-mail (the power of the iterative
process); I have added a header to all messages (now I'm sure people will
complain about its length; so please send them directly to me ONLY).

30 Aug 2004 - 7:05pm
hans samuelson

The badly shod shoemaker

Dear all;

I subscribe to this list in digest. The last digest I received scored
very low on my personal usability scale. I like this list and want to
continue being able to read it in a clear and assimilable form. Given
the nature of our mutual interests, there is something ironic in the
fact that this is an issue!

I appreciate that there are questions of cost, host capacity, and so
on, and also that someone has to do the thankless work of setting such

30 Aug 2004 - 1:05pm
11 years ago
18 replies
Florian Weber

unsaved input


i'm having a application where a user can fill out a list. for example:
each list item is a text input field and a file upload field for a
the user can add new list items by clicking on a button.

now wondering how to deal with situations where the user
wrote text, selected a file for an existing item and then presses
the 'add new item' button, before actually saving the item she/he
just filled out.

adding a new item requires some server action to executed.

29 Aug 2004 - 2:15am
11 years ago
24 replies
Andrei Herasimchuk

Re: Make it quantitative when possible, or at least logical.

On Aug 28, 2004, at 10:38 PM, Jef Raskin wrote:

> You miss the point. The criterion is chosen to allow you to compare
> two or more methods in terms of learnability so that you can see which
> is better. How "it tends to go" is irrelevant, as how X or Y does it
> may or may not be how it should be done.

29 Aug 2004 - 12:38am
11 years ago
3 replies
Jef Raskin

Make it quantitative when possible, or at least logical.

On Aug 28, 2004, at 8:32 PM, Andrei Herasimchuk wrote:

> On Aug 26, 2004, at 1:33 PM, Jef Raskin wrote:
>>> "Initial-user-learnabilty" is a jargon term often used to disguise
>>> an opinion used in meetings to push one's own design politics.
>> On the contrary, it is a measurable quantity. In particular you
>> establish a criterion for success (e.g.

27 Aug 2004 - 3:37pm
11 years ago
1 reply
erin malone

User Ratings, Reviews and Recommendations Questions

Hi all -

I'm looking for data and insights into UI issues related to user
ratings, recommendations and reviews of products services, travel
destinations, etc. (Epinions, Amazon, CNET, Yahoo! Movies,
Travelocity, etc.). I've attempted a literature review but not much
out there.

This topic covers alot of ground so here are a few things I'm interested in:

*What kind of symbols best communicate user ratings and what scale to
use (letter grades, 1-10, 1-5,
etc.)? Where to display the number of ratings and reviews?