Discussion Archive: September 2004

20 Sep 2004 - 2:33am
Jef Raskin


We now have our software (that used to be THE) beginning to work. It''s
called a'ali'i (ah - alee- ee, which is great fun to say) for a bush
that grows vigorously even with little nourishment. Or "aalii" (alley)
for short. Much of a'ali'i is working: We just finishing implementing
the unlimited depth Undo / Redo that works between sessions; you can
perform an operation, quit aalii, even turn the computer off.

19 Sep 2004 - 7:17am

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW)

I just discovered a wonderful resource on the Web: MIT OpenCourseWare. In
their own words:

"MIT OpenCourseWare (MIT OCW) makes the course materials that are used in
the teaching of almost all MIT's undergraduate and graduate subjects
available on the Web, free of charge, to any user anywhere in the world.
This initiative continues the tradition at MIT, and in American higher
education, of open dissemination of educational materials, philosophy, and
modes of thought.

19 Sep 2004 - 6:41am
12 years ago
1 reply

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

Hello Fellow IxDGers

Rashmi Sinha (BayCHI Monthly Program Co-Chair) and Richard Anderson (of the
UXnet Executive Council) are planning the BayCHI monthly program on 10/12,
at which Don Norman and a panel of local leaders from various UX
organizations will address the topic: User Experience: Why Do So Many
Organizations Believe They Own It? It should be an interesting discussion. A
large attendance is expected, so the meeting will be at Stanford's Kresge
Auditorium. The usual BayCHI dinner will precede the meeting.

18 Sep 2004 - 6:46pm
12 years ago
7 replies
Alex Robinson


I realise that there are numerous ways to skin this particular cat,
but assume that there exists a paging legend along these lines:

Showing from 261 to 270 out of 356 items 10 items per page
Pages: 1 .. 10 .. 20 .. 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 .. 30 .. 35 Next | Previous

Is there any evidence that giving several pages that flank the
current page or that fall at regularly spaced intervals between the
first and large page are beneficial to the user?

Would users be disserved by only having buttons to take them to the
next, previous, first and last pages?

18 Sep 2004 - 10:09am
12 years ago
1 reply
Mark Neely

Invisible technology


I am keen to spark a discussion/debate on the process/framework for
using Interaction Design to create "invisible" technology -
intuitive/adaptive user interfaces that mask technology complexity.

This is an area I have been working in with several clients, and one
that - IMHO - has a massive market need.

17 Sep 2004 - 3:25pm
11 years ago
6 replies

Communicating permission-based roles in the interface

(sorry for cross-post)

Please take a moment to vote for one of two “camps” within my design team:


My team is working on a web-based application that will be used by several different people, in permission-based “roles”, to manage a financial services account. There will be the “owner” that can do everything, the “proxy” that can do nearly everything, and a “read-only” role.

17 Sep 2004 - 3:07pm
Dave Malouf

Re: Designer mobility to management (was ixdcurriculum)


Definitely a great thread especially since as someone trying to build a
community here, I'm very interested in making sure that the community of IxD
is built around design which may mean making sure design keeps up to pace
with other aspects of business and management.

I would concur with your general observation.

There is an organization that deals with this question in their pursuit to
change the design cirriculum out there. NextD.org is a very interesting

17 Sep 2004 - 2:52pm
12 years ago
5 replies
Doug Anderson

Re: Designer mobility to management (was ixd curriculum)

Hi Prady,

Interesting post. I wonder whether a correlation between variables is being mistaken for a causal relationship between them?

For the sake of discussion, let's take as true your perception about the negative correlation between design education and movement into management. A design education background is not likely a cause for comparatively low rates of migration into management (not likely to "handicap" one).

17 Sep 2004 - 2:05pm
12 years ago
8 replies
Ted Booth

Examples of hardware-software integration


I'm looking for examples of good hardware-software integration.
Specifically, I'm interested in examples where there is an direct tie
between an electro-mechanical control and changes on an interactive

17 Sep 2004 - 11:16am
Doug Anderson