Discussion Archive: February 2005

8 Feb 2005 - 10:54am
11 years ago
11 replies
Steve Mulder

Google does it again - with maps

Once again, Google takes an existing feature set and raises the bar on
interaction. This time it's maps:

Click-and-drag panning is addictive.

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Steve Mulder
Senior Consultant, User Experience
smulder at molecular.com

8 Feb 2005 - 9:47am
11 years ago
2 replies
Dave Malouf

Courses in IxD - not research ... But design

Ok, I don't want this to be a thread about design vs. research. Yes, you
have to do research to do good design, that isn't my point.

What I am looking for are classes that teach application GUI theory with a
workshop type feel.

topics I'm looking for include:
1. designing widgets
2. layout
3. metaphor
4. web vs. desktop
5. labeling
6. characteristics of targets (what is grabable? Where to drop?)

8 Feb 2005 - 9:29am
11 years ago
5 replies
Welie, Martijn van

Asking twice for email address in a form


Me and my collegues have a discussion about how to minimize the problem that
people are (apparently) not able to type in their own email address
correctly. In the application we developed for a customer this turns out to
be quite an issue.

One of the possible remedies could be to ask people to type in their email
address twice, just as it is often done with passwords.

However, we wonder how effective this will actually be. This trick will not
help if people 'copy-paste' their email adress.

8 Feb 2005 - 8:52am
11 years ago
4 replies
Rich Holman

E-mail is the new database

Hello all,

I have been part of this list for some time now and apologies for not
being more forthcoming in my comments. This list has been an excellent
resource for me and I would appreciate your comments on the below:

I would like to discuss an article I have just read on the Beeb
website: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4167633.stm titled:
'E-mail is the new database'.

7 Feb 2005 - 8:10pm
Josh Seiden

Cooper U practicum (was: Assessment Tests)

> What I'd hope to learn from the collective wisdom of this list
> - Do any of you recommend these courses, given their expense?
> - For a very small company with no research budget to speak
> of, is Cooper's interview/testing method practicable?


I'm an occasional instructor of the Cooper U Practicum, so I'm
pretty familiar with the course and can perhaps answer some of
your questions.

First, the Practicum teaches Cooper's method for doing
interaction design, called Goal Directed Design.

7 Feb 2005 - 3:49pm
Fredrik Sandberg

extending usability guidelines with animations


Does anyone know any references to - or have experiences of their own -
about systems/practises that extends a text-based usability guideline with
animations and interactive demo-sequences....are there any large-scale
systems/practises like that in use somewhere? Basically, no more time than
editing and updating the text should be spent on the sequences.

I´m doing this research as a part of my thesis and would be very grateful
for any suggestions or comments.

Fredrik Sandberg

7 Feb 2005 - 3:39pm
Dave Malouf

Courses & Education in IxD (was Re: Assessment Tests)

Hi Troy,

I don't think there is an easy answer to give you regarding Cooper U or any
other similar type courses.

The open ended parameters are a bit personal around budget tolerance, and
well, personal experience. How sr/jr are you in terms of IxD.

I have not personally taken Cooper U, but have asked colleagues whom I
manage to go.

What I like about these very specific courses is they are just that, focused
and deep.

7 Feb 2005 - 10:14am
11 years ago
8 replies
Tubman, Wahne

Assessment Tests

Does anyone know where I can find a sample of an assessment test which some
employers use to test prospective candidates usability skills or aptitude?

5 Feb 2005 - 2:02am
11 years ago
4 replies
Mike Baxter

The question of TRUST

I'm doing some work for a client on the principles they should adopt in
designing e-commerce sites to instil greater feelings of trust in the minds
of their customers and am hoping some of you might be able to suggest
research papers in this general area.

I've found Florian Egger's PhD research 'From Interactions to Transactions:
Designing the Trust Experience for Business-to-Consumer Electronic Commerce'
(http://www.ecommuse.com/cv.htm) which is excellent but I've a hunch there
must be more out there somewhere.


Mike Baxter

4 Feb 2005 - 4:45pm
Jim Leftwich

Re: Concept drawings? "prototypes"?

>> Now, there's one statement Andrei H.