Discussion Archive: November 2004

16 Nov 2004 - 4:57am
11 years ago
2 replies
Ben Hunt

Call for internationalis(z)ation of "My two cents"

As a native of the United Kingdom (a small group of islands off the
coast of Europe) I find myself often confused by some US-centric
terminology used on this list and others.

One term that causes particular confusion is "my two cents / 2c / $.02",
or other variations. I find it difficult to quantify the precise value
of 2c on-the-fly, because (although other Europeans have cents) we use
only pounds, shillings, and pence.

Until the UK catches up with the rest of the civilized world, could I
propose the following alternative international-friendly wording:


15 Nov 2004 - 8:11pm
11 years ago
8 replies
Manu Sharma

Mouse pointer tracking?

I haven't come across a study that has identified the areas on
the screen on which users leave their mouse pointers when
they're not using the mouse. I understand that this would
largely depend upon the application that is being used but
could there be a pattern?

Since we always pick up where we stop, it seems to me that
identifying these most frequented hot spots would help us
design better interfaces by placing the most used controls
with this knowledge in mind.

15 Nov 2004 - 5:58pm
11 years ago
36 replies
Jenifer Tidwell

Wireframes for non-web apps

Has anyone ever seen or used the term "wireframes" in the context of
an application that's not a Web site or Web app?

At my company, we're working out some guidelines for our numerous
design teams to follow, and we'd like to agree on what to name our
deliverables and processes. This is what we're trying to name:

"A simple low-fidelity mockup of the interface panel/screen contents,
without concern for the graphic look&feel, that communicates the
content and functionality intended for the screen.

14 Nov 2004 - 2:56pm
Dave Malouf

Horizon 10 summit


The above was a conference/summit sponsored by MS and run by IDSA
(Industrial Design Society of America). The idea was to look out at the next
10 years. Sounds like a great opportunity.

They put a lot of the materials of the summit on this site, so that others
can gain from some of the fruits of the summit's labors.

I'd love if there were more x-functional, x-category working summits like
these. Money is the key, eh?

-- dave

13 Nov 2004 - 2:54am
11 years ago
45 replies

The End of Usability Culture?


(I thought the Patriot Act was designed to prevent sedition like this.:-)

Nullius in Verba

12 Nov 2004 - 11:53pm

Magic Coloring Wall

I know there are misguided people among you with keen interest in where art
and interaction potentialities meet, for your weekend amusement:


Nullius in Verba

12 Nov 2004 - 9:49am
11 years ago
7 replies
Alain D. M. G. ...

Breather mouse was RE: An interesting interface to writing

--- Vanessa Wolfe-Coote <Vanessa.Wolfe-Coote at SimulacraMedia.com> a
écrit :

This is the first time I hear or read about a breather mouse. I am
quite intrigued about this interaction device. I just searched for it
and got absolutely zero results.

Would you have another term for it?

12 Nov 2004 - 9:16am
11 years ago
5 replies
Narey, Kevin

Workflow software

On the back of our recent postings on use-cases, as an accompaniment to
prototypes, I wondered if anyone uses visual workflow software to support
the communication of highly complex prototypes. Does anything out there
exist in this space? Perhaps it is not possible to produce such a piece of
software as it generalises a variable design opportunity?

Thoughts? Ideas?


gedas united kingdom limited
Registered in England no.

12 Nov 2004 - 8:43am
11 years ago
6 replies
Christina Li

Mailing List VS Forums, Cultural Difference?

May be slightly off topic. And I'm not an English native user, so apologize
for any grammar mistakes! :P

I've been following this list for a while, passively though. I feel this is
a great list including various interesting discussions. However, I also have
found some drawbacks of mailing list that I don't like very much. For
example, threads are a bit disorganized. You have to jump from different
emails to find out what people are talking. If you missed the beginning of
the thread, it becomes difficult to follow.

In China, mailing list only used for news, announcements, etc.

12 Nov 2004 - 7:28am
Dave Malouf

November 18th IxDG NYC Event: "Violate Standards!" with JoshSeiden

Violate Standards!
Nine rules you should always try
to break when designing
user interfaces

Speaker: Josh Seiden, President 36 Partners (bio below)
Date: Thursday, November 18, 2004
Time: 7:00p - 9:00p
Place: Parsons School of Design, 55 W. 13th St., 9th Floor, Parsons Design
( Bet. 5th & 6th Aves.: Closest subway is the F/V @ 14th St. and
6th Ave.)

More about Josh Seiden:
Josh is the founder and president of 36 Partners
(http://www.36partners.com/), and a respected consultant, designer, teacher
and speaker.