Discussion Archive: November 2004

24 Nov 2004 - 10:46am
11 years ago
16 replies
David Texidor

Ease-of-use: Efficiency vs Intuitiveness ?

In thinking about the ease-of-use of a product or application, there
seems to be an assumption with some designers that give and take must
happen as it relates to efficiency and intuitiveness. (IOW, You have to
design for one at the sacrifice of the other, at least on some level.)

Where does this idea come from? Why can't we design and build something
that is both efficient and intuitive?

24 Nov 2004 - 10:17am
11 years ago
1 reply
Greg Petroff

book group?

I am halfway through Malcolm McCullough's "Digital Ground" and it occurred
to me this is a book I want to have conversation with others on. Its just
an amazing read especially on the synergy's between Architecture and IxD.
Any takers on setting up a book group?

Anyone tried successfully to have a discussion about a book that was
meaningful online? I have only done it with a face 2 face group before so
I am unsure of how it might work online.

Note to NYC IxDer's, we could also make a local book group a subset of our
Face2Face efforts for anyone who is interested.



24 Nov 2004 - 7:43am
Dave Malouf

IA & IxD, a marriage made by necessity and in heaven (was RE: [ID Discuss] Organizing 'How to' articles/Tech-notes)


The above link is a blog entry I just made. I took Navneet's post about
"how-to" articles and went off on a tangent. I don't want people to not
answer Navneet. His question is great. But this is where my mind when when I
saw his posting.


-- dave

24 Nov 2004 - 3:15am
Navneet Nair

Organizing 'How to' articles/Tech-notes

We're planning on including a set of 'How-to' articles as part of our
online help-desk. Typically these articles describe a series of steps
required to undertake a commonly executed task.

Since we have quite a large application, the number of tasks put
together could easily cross 150. Here comes the challenge.

23 Nov 2004 - 2:24pm
David Hoard

UX / IxDG Lead - job opening Los Angeles

Job opening: Hollywood, CA USA

Interaction Design / User Experience Lead
Design the Total Experience. Get in on the ground floor.

At Belkin we think about the entire consumer experience. As the leader of our new team, you could be doing strategy and design work for web apps, in-store signage, packaging, manuals, product graphics, and product software. If you have a holistic vision for the user's experience, this job is for you.

Belkin Corporation is a leading manufacturer of high technology products for consumers and business.

23 Nov 2004 - 4:10am
11 years ago
2 replies
Narey, Kevin

"Smell" it


Wake up and load the coffee?


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22 Nov 2004 - 6:03pm
11 years ago
1 reply
Eugene Chen

hyperlinks vs. buttons in dekstop applications


1 - I'm wondering if anyone has found any official guidelines (I've looked,
but haven't found) or developed any personal conventions for the use of
hyperlinks vs. button in desktop applications.

For instance, in my current application, we provide some links to external
websites. This seems like a no-brainer to display as a hyperlink. But it
becomes more ambiguous. We had a Search and I wanted to provide access to
Advanced Search... I could show this as either a button or a link.

But within Windows and Office applications, the use of hyperlinks is
becoming more prevalent.

22 Nov 2004 - 2:30am

Hear it

Speaking of CD returns:


Nullius in Verba

21 Nov 2004 - 8:45pm
Larry Tesler

The truth about Apple's market share [was: What is Usability...]

At 5:27 PM -0500 11/21/04, Rai wrote:
>Probably the gains in last year was due to iPod's enormous success.
>This surely goes to Jobs innovative approach to deliever. John Schully
>might have not thought about it at all.

Sculley thought about it a lot. He knew the Mac was losing strength
in 1989. He recognized that a new, innovative product line was needed
to start Apple on another climb. He bet mainly on the Newton, with a
hedge bet on spinoff General Magic. Both were ahead of their time.

But the Newton put the ARM microprocessor on the map.

21 Nov 2004 - 7:26pm
Manu Sharma

The truth about Apple's market share [was: What isUsability...]

> It tells me that something dramatically changed in last 52 weeks.
> Doesn't give me any information about Jobs charisma. But it does
> out that Apple gained it's ground back again by diversifying...

We seem to have forgotten the remarkable success that was the original
iMac. Apple sold close to a million pieces in less than five months of
its debut. Barring the iPod, no other high value product comes to mind
that has had such a launch in recent years.

What we see with Apple's foray in digital music is Act two.