Discussion Archive: October 2004

28 Oct 2004 - 5:47pm
aquinn at westp...

Re: Question about resume/ portfolios

Hi Shelley,

There's no one best way to design a portfolio but here's my advice, which
I hope you find helpful:

1. Take the view that it will be modular. Have a core set of projects /
samples of work that show your main strengths. If you want to get a job,
those strengths must be desirable in the eyes of a potential employer.
Find out what those strengths are and tailor the portfolio accordingly.
Different employers will look for different things. This is where the
modular aspect comes in. Tailor the portfolio to suit the interview /

28 Oct 2004 - 3:34pm
11 years ago
17 replies
Dave Malouf

Interview exercises

Hey there folks,

As I've said earlier, I'm in the process of interviewing folks and I'm
really interested in the types of "exercises" people use to learn how people
think. I've been to a bunch of MS interviews and I've applied to cooper
before, so I know those. But I'm curious how people have come up w/ their
own and how they use these to do evaluations.

-- dave

28 Oct 2004 - 2:47pm
11 years ago
44 replies

Re: Interesting Flash interface

Apologies for coming late on the scene, but I worked back in the day for a design firm known as Plumb Design who developed a tool called Thinkmap. You may recall the Visual Thesaurus project. Plumb is now known as Thinkmap and the software is available for sale on their website http://www.thinkmap.com

I'd never heard of the Tom Sawyer product but its range of examples is intriguing. Inxight, Thinkmap and it seems Tom Sawyer all use some similar core java libraries to create lines and nodes.

28 Oct 2004 - 10:11am
11 years ago
5 replies

Question about resume/ portfolios

Hi Folks, I curious to know people's thought are on what would
constitute a good portfolio for an Interaction Design/Usability job
seeker. I essentially straight from grad school to teaching;never had to
review resumes in my previous career :) and now my students are asking
those type of questions. Hopefully people have some experiences to
share/advice I can give to them. Should they avoid flash online
portfolios? Do them only in HTML..etc


Shelley-Ann J.

28 Oct 2004 - 9:17am
11 years ago
2 replies

Usability in Financial Services Industry

Hi All,
As part of propogating UX within my organization. I am trying to
understand the maturity of the UX process in the Financial Services
Industry. (Transaction Processing, Banking, Credit e.t.c.)
If other peers working in the Financial Services Industry would like
to share any information about the maturity of the UX process, types
of UX activities pursued within their organization, it will be of
great help.
Please feel free to reply to the group or offline, and I will post the

27 Oct 2004 - 12:13pm
11 years ago
5 replies
Michael Bartlett

Google Desktop interaction

A lot of people in the office and friends are raving about Google "Desktop",
but personally I'm quite disappointed by it and was wondering what the
opinion here was.

My dislike of it is mainly due to the disruptive interaction that I have to
through to search. Say I'm in Outlook and I want to quickly find an email. I
have to either open a new browser window (takes time), right click on the
Google Desktop systray icon and choose search (takes even more time) or
utilise an existing browser window, which generally means opening a new tab

27 Oct 2004 - 10:23am

Design by Testing (was Usability Budgets)

Ziya wrote:

> I'M NOT AGAINST TESTING. I'm against 'design by testing'.

Great. I'm not for 'design by testing' either -- I'm not even sure it's
possible to do. I'm just not sure how you make Nielsen's 10% figure
equivalent to (or even related to) design by testing. It seems a huge
leap to me.

Maybe we can clarify what you mean by "design by testing" - the post you
linked to doesn't relate to my experiences, so I'm still unclear on your

27 Oct 2004 - 9:48am
Dave Malouf

NYC UX First Friday on November 5th (join the NYC announcement list)

Hi everyone,

Come to Hell to join us for the 2nd round of the NYC UX First Friday.

When: 11/5/04 from 6:30 - 8:30p
Where: Hell @ 59 Gansevoort St. (W. 12th & W.13th St.)
Who: Anyone who works in the development,design, research & validation of
products and services with some type of component that requires software or
digital life.

27 Oct 2004 - 6:37am
11 years ago
2 replies
Narey, Kevin

Goal-Directed Design and Legacy Systems

I'm interested in experiences where IxDers have employed GDD on an upgrade
of a large enterprise legacy system, where the implementation model
necessarily (because of the complexity of infrastructure and mammoth costs
to change it) dictates system rules to the user and therefore counters some
of their potential goals.

I understand that there needs to be compromise. I guess it's always going to
be a damage limitations exercise? Comment appreciated.



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26 Oct 2004 - 9:19pm

Re: re ? Cellphone, yes! Wallet, yes! Keys, no! ?

Stephen Mallett:

> With keys I know I have not got them but I have no idea where they are.
> What about GPS link up so I can find where I left my keys and none of this
> Civilain within 10 meters, I need to know which sofa they are under not
> which street I may have to search

There are a bunch of GSM-GPRS-GPS-RFID integrated products out there.

Nullius in Verba