Discussion Archive: September 2004

22 Sep 2004 - 7:31am
Coryndon Luxmoore

Testing 'Advanced' Users on New Products

The way we have addressed this in the design of several business applications is to have a set of domain experts who review all designs in detail. They are considered members of our design team none are computer experts or even use computers outside the work environment but they are experts in using similar software to do similar tasks in the business.

They are very good at helping us anticipate the potential irritations of our design, accelerators needed by expert users, and suggesting ideas for solutions.

22 Sep 2004 - 3:57am
11 years ago
2 replies
Barry Day

Sorting methodology

Hi IxDers

Has anybody used the Q-sort methodology in a usability/interaction
design context?


22 Sep 2004 - 1:24am
H Taylor

JOB: Usability Lead MIDIRingtones Develoment Studio AG Mobile St Paul Minnesota

Hello fellow IxD group members,

I'm forwarding this on behalf of Caroline Altman at AG Mobile, who is
looking for qualified candidates for the role described below.

21 Sep 2004 - 12:32pm
11 years ago
5 replies
ji kim

Ask Jeeves - Binoculars Site Preview

Ask Jeeves just got a major makeover. One of the most interesting new feature is their Binoculars Site Preview.

I'm sure there will be some problems, but overall it's a very usable feature in my opinion. Is there any other websites or web applications with similar features? What are some drawbacks?

Description from Ask.com -

What is the Binoculars™ Site Preview feature?
Binoculars Site Preview presents a "sneak preview" of a web page when you mouse over a Binoculars icon next to a search result.

21 Sep 2004 - 11:25am
11 years ago
19 replies
H Taylor

Testing "Advanced" Users on New Products

Hi group.

I have sort of a general question about UCD and usability testing. I've
done some testing with users myself, and am reasonably comfortable
operating tests.

My question is this:

In context of the distinction between learnability (usability for new
users) and efficiency/usability for experienced users, how do you test
for the latter? It's no problem to find inexperienced users for a new
product, but how do you test how well a design works for experienced
users, when the design itself is new?

- Hal

21 Sep 2004 - 9:10am
11 years ago
1 reply
carl myhill

Your chance to vote on the Microsoft icon copyright/style conform ance paradox

Apologies for cross posting...

The Microsoft feedback website mentions an issue which has frustrated me for
years. Microsoft dont share their icons, yet they tell us to be consistent
in following their platform standards.

21 Sep 2004 - 7:52am
Dave Malouf


If you got this e-mail you have been invited to the first monthly social
meeting of First Fridays in NYC for the User Experience Design community.

Why come?
Because it would be great to sit with peers and just talk, network, relax,
and engage.

Who will be there?
Besides the eclectic mix of hosts who come from diverse disciplines as
Technical Writing, Visual Design, Information Architecture, User Research
and Product Evaluation and Interaction Design your peers from all across the
metro area.

When to come:
Fri, Oct 1st
6:30p till 8:30

Where to go and how to get there:
"Hell" (

20 Sep 2004 - 7:12pm

Silicon Valley Event :: User Experience Organizations:: with Don Norman

Hello Everyone

The organizers of this event have asked for an estimate of the number of
IxDG people who are planning on attending the dinner and/or event. If you're
planning to attend, please let me know off list.

20 Sep 2004 - 4:33pm
Tony Lopez

Job: Sr. UI Architect, Macromedia Consulting

Sr. UI Architect, Macromedia Consulting

Locations- 1 San Francisco, CA & 1 Newton (Boston), MA


Macromedia is searching for a world-class interface and user experience
expert to work with the Macromedia Consulting Team (MC) on strategic
third-party engagements. A candidate's portfolio must demonstrate a broad
depth of experience with emphasis on application, and user-interface design,
while leveraging rich clients in innovative ways. The Sr.

20 Sep 2004 - 1:03pm
11 years ago
1 reply
Jim Hoekema

permission-based roles

In theory #1 is better, but how it "plays" depends on how much difference
there is between the levels of permission. I recently worked on an
application with the same problem -- they used "tabs" in a web-based
interface. Problem was, administrators saw 6 "tabs" all filled with
information, while mere "users" saw all 6 but 5 of them were empty! They had
a "tabbed" interface with only one tab that had any content! This seemed
rather irritating, especially when the mere "user" outnumber the
administrators about 100 to 1.