Discussion Archive: February 2005

21 Feb 2005 - 9:52am
10 years ago
4 replies
Narey, Kevin

Estimating for iterative design

I currently give time/cost estimates for iterative design based on a minimum
of two iterations of a prototype and then demonstrations to the project team
and customer. Historically I've found that this has been a problem in more
than one project area, as two iterations is usually not enough to get the
product design licked, due to unforeseen technical complexity. Costs
inevitably become an irreconcilable issue.

21 Feb 2005 - 8:27am
10 years ago
3 replies
Mike Baxter

Eye-tracking evidence of banner blindness

I'm trying to pull together some usability guidelines for e-commerce sites
and want to refer to banner blindness. I'd prefer to show it rather than
describe it and I was wondering if anyone had seen/got any images of
eye-tracking research showing how users ignore banners (or banner-like
visuals). A heat-map such as the one Julie described in an earlier post
would be ideal (http://blog.eyetools.net).



21 Feb 2005 - 7:41am
10 years ago
6 replies
Petteri Hiisilä

Estimating ROI for design

Hello everybody,

We're redesigning our corporate intranet using Cooper-ish methods. We're
doing it all: research, models, requirements, framework, design,
development support. 3000 employees were squeezed into one primary
persona and six others.

Based on our research, it's quite trivial to explain the qualitative
effects of the design for our corporate processes and people's workdays.

For example, the account managers can spend more time selling and less
time searching & sharing & editing different versions of the same
Powerpoint file.

20 Feb 2005 - 10:56pm
Sharad Solanki

FW: IxDG Meeting in Pune, India 5:30, Saturday 19th February

IxDG Meeting, Saturday 19th February [Highlights]
We discussed some of the UI Design Practices followed in the Indian Software Industries.
There were concerns raised about designing Interfaces for the international customers while physically remained in India.

20 Feb 2005 - 10:37pm
10 years ago
1 reply
Camaal Moten

Subject: Rookie Interface Designer....


I'm in school studying web design, but I'm really interested in working in the field of visual interface design. The curriculum at my school really doesn't teach anything in depth on interface design, so I'm kinda teaching myself. I'm reading Jef Raskin's book The Humane Interface, an I'm intrigued by his views on GUI's vs. ZUI's. He seems to think that we are heading down a dysfunctional path of endless confusion due to bad graphical interface design. He hates icons, buttons, mice and all!

20 Feb 2005 - 11:52am
Shelley Wood

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20 Feb 2005 - 11:48am
Shelley Wood

Interaction Designer, Concord, MA, USA, InContext Enterprises, Full-Time

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18 Feb 2005 - 6:27pm
10 years ago
3 replies
Stan Taylor

checkboxes or yes/no questions

A debate has arisen about the value of using checkboxes vs. yes/no questions. A checkbox is a yes/no question, essentially. But imagine a set of questions about what you do, for example, sports activities. Is it better to have "Do you swim? - Yes No" (using radio buttons for yes and no), "Do you bicycle? - Yes No", etc., etc., or "What sports activities do you do:" followed by Swim, bicycle, etc., with checkboxes next to them.

I am asking because I recall that research has been done, though I can't locate it, on difficulties with answering yes/no questions.

18 Feb 2005 - 8:34am
Tomas Lindroth

Sv: "Measures" in User Experience Design


I don't know how usefull this is but look at:

http://www.informatik.umu.se/~colsson/ -She does this

http://www.acm.org/pubs/cie.html -Maybe there is something here?

http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/782896.782937 -Should be related?

http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/632716.632797 -Should be related?

and of course Donald Normans: