Discussion Archive: October 2004

11 Oct 2004 - 4:36pm
11 years ago
7 replies
david gee

Tools for Rapid Prototyping GUI apps

I've been designing web applications for a few years, and am very
comfortable with rapid prototyping with DHTML/XML tools. A new project
involves designing for a C++ Windows MFC app, something I'm not very
familiar with at all. Are there any tools out there that make it easy to
throw together non-functional toolbars / dialogs very quickly and
easily, with control over layout (centering, padding, etc) or are HTML
or Flash still the only way to do hi-fi prototypes for this type of app?

11 Oct 2004 - 3:05pm
11 years ago
4 replies
Pradyot Rai

Design Documentation Tools/Methodology

I have questions about managing UI design work. The typical scenario
is where we use wireframes to mock representative screens. This is the
stage when we have completed the design iterations and work needs to
be presented to development, tech-specs, QA, or all other engineering

These wireframes are later modified, enhanced with subsequent releases
requirements. For example if one is working for a product requirement
release 3.3, then he has to carry over all the wireframes (relevant
ones only) from very beginning with additional changes into it.

11 Oct 2004 - 2:13pm
Jamie Divine

Re: 3D desktop replacement

Also check out Sun's Project Looking Glass:



11 Oct 2004 - 10:37am
11 years ago
11 replies
Petteri Hiisilä

3D desktop replacement


"The SphereXP is a 3D desktop replacement for Microsoft Windows XP.
Taking the known concept of three-dimensional desktops to its own level.
It offers a new way to organize objects on the desktop such a icons and
applications. Check the videos and screenshots to get the idea."

What do you think?

- Petteri

9 Oct 2004 - 9:33pm

European design sensibilities

Could someone, preferably with working knowledge of both sides, comment on
the difference between how American and European companies value app design?
Is there a discernable/significant difference? Is there a difference between
American companies' U.S.and European offices/subsidiaries? Are designers
paid more/less than their American counterparts, proportionally speaking?
Are titles significantly different? If so, why?

Nullius in Verba

9 Oct 2004 - 4:53pm
George Olsen

Speech UI job in Massachusetts

Forwarding this. Please do not reply to me.


My name is Laura Hunter and I am a technical recruiter that specializes in
placing UI Professionals. I currently have an opening for a Speech UI
Designer in Massachusetts. I was hoping to find out who you know that would
be a good fit for this position.

The Speech UI Designer will be creating speech interfaces for potential
inclusion in the next generation of entertainment systems.

8 Oct 2004 - 8:43am
11 years ago
7 replies
Michael Bartlett

Adobe CS... (Andrei!!)

Been using Adobe CS recently, and love a lot of the improvements (nested
layer sets - loving it!). The one thing I just cannot fathom is...

...how do graphic designers generally interact with their "customers"? They
email them jpegs right? So why, in order for me to email somebody something
from a PSD do I have to Save-As a JPEG, go find some folder somewhere, save
it. Go into email client or explorer and email the JPEG?

Andrei, have you guys ever discussed having a Send To file menu that can
also do on the fly jpeg/gif conversions like Save As does?

8 Oct 2004 - 5:08am
11 years ago
5 replies



Interesting, huh?

Nullius in Verba

7 Oct 2004 - 5:01am
11 years ago
58 replies
Narey, Kevin

Use Cases and Personas


I'm interested to see what proportion of the community write use-cases as
part of their IxD involvement on a large development project?
My current interest is in how use-cases interface with personas. Or perhaps
how personas can improve/complement our use-case content.

In my company, the developers are given user profiles (akin to personas I
guess but without the accompanying photo), use cases and a hi-fi prototype
(used as a requirements source).

7 Oct 2004 - 3:41am
Dan Zlotnikov

Combining form and function

Or rather, playing on words in a rather impressive way.

Political views aside (sorry for bringing up such a hot-button topic),
I can only applaud the marvelous design job. If these become popular,
the same street vendors who sell fake Oakleys at every NYC
intersection will be peddling these flip-flops.