Discussion Archive: February 2005

23 Feb 2005 - 7:57pm
11 years ago
8 replies
Austin Govella

Defining the mental model

(I hope this isn't a duplicate message, but I didn't see the first one
go through.)

I'm fleshing out a structural definition of "mental model," and I've
posted what I have so far:
* http://thinkingandmaking.com/entry/48/

If any of you are particularly interested in the subject, I'd love to
hear some feedback on whether you think I'm dead-on, dead-wrong,
crazy, or have muddled things when I was trying to make them clear.

Austin Govella
Thinking & Making: IA, UX, and IxD

23 Feb 2005 - 4:46pm
FelcanSmith, Mark

ADMIN: Re: RE: Discuss-interactiondesigners.comDigest, Vol 17, Issue 22

If you follow the Dave's original links you'll get a 404 message, you
need to add in a language directory to the URL.

For English its /en/:

Deutsch /de/:

> -----Original Message-----
> From:

23 Feb 2005 - 3:58pm
11 years ago
1 reply
Dave Malouf

ADMIN: Re: RE: Discuss-interactiondesigners.com Digest, Vol 17, Issue 22

The previous message that was sent w/ the above subject line does not meet
the normal guidelines and standards for this e-mail list.

23 Feb 2005 - 3:16pm
Brian Manning
23 Feb 2005 - 1:10pm
Kesava Mallela

Some problems with Wikipedia's iD

I thought this would be a good forum to bring up some interaction
design problems with Wikipedia.

These are some of the problems I found as an active contributor who
also happens to be an interaction designer.

1. Wikipedia shows only the last edit of an article in the watch list.
This leaves the writer no clue of the edits that took place from
his/her base lined version. (Base lined version will generally be the
user's last edit on the article.).

22 Feb 2005 - 5:03pm
11 years ago
5 replies
Wendy Fischer

mobile design books?

Can anybody recommend some good books for UI design for mobile devices? I am moving over into this space and was looking for some good books to get up to speed.


22 Feb 2005 - 3:19pm
Lada Gorlenko

Online Seminar on Cognitive Modeling for User Interface Design

Seminar on Cognitive Modeling for User Interface Design

Seminar description: This seminar on Cognitive Modeling for User
Interface Design presents the current state of the art of evaluating
user interface designs using models of human performance that are
based on cognitive architectures. Such models can yield usability
results without the delay and expense of user testing of prototypes,
but because they are new and still under development, whether and
how to apply them is a challenge.

22 Feb 2005 - 9:47am
11 years ago
3 replies
Welie, Martijn van

ROI research on RIA


I am doing some research RIA applications and one of the aspects that are
often mentioned is the ROI aspect. Macromedia and other pro-RIA 'activists'
claim that when you do RIA instead of HTML sites, the ROI will be higher.

However, I cannot find ANY scientific evidence that supports this
assertion!!!! All documents that I can find make suggestive conclusions in
favour of RIA's and even without comparing the RIA to an alternative.

For example, it is said that when Mini launched their RIA Car Configurator
it boosted their sales so much that their sales targets were exceeded by

21 Feb 2005 - 2:20pm
11 years ago
1 reply
Dave Malouf

Announcement: German Translation is live

I am soooo happy that the German translation (our first) of the current web
site is up live. http://ixdg.org/de/

There are so many people who have put in their own time to get this up and
running. I especially want to thank Jens Meiert who coordinated a team of
4-5 translators from Germany and Austria and Rick Cecil for taking in the
many changes that kept coming at him (and still do).

We are working on putting together an acknowledgements page that will
specify the entire translator team.

21 Feb 2005 - 12:18pm
11 years ago
6 replies
FelcanSmith, Mark

To sort or not to sort

I'm reviewing designs for a search feature. My question is regarding the
search results...the design has the results coming back in a table/grid
format. Columns contain Title/Description, Subtype/Date, and File Type.

I initially was reviewing the wireframes for consistency w/ the
application this feature will be integrated with, and not necessarily at
the context of use of this feature. I came back w/ a recommendation to
include sortability on the results table.