Discussion Archive: June 2005

16 Jun 2005 - 1:37am
Peter Merholz

[PLUG] Adaptive Path Workshop, Minneapolis, July 19-20

Interaction Design Folk --

I'm writing a shameless plug for our upcoming workshop in
Minneapolis, July 19-20. I will be presenting with my colleague Janice.

Beyond Usability: Designing the Complete User Experience

Our early registration deadline is Monday June 20, and you can get an
extra 15% by using the promotional code FOPM.

I think our workshop is quite relevant to the discussions happening

15 Jun 2005 - 11:47pm
11 years ago
1 reply

Re: Professional development; employer expectations (was RE: book recommendation for everyone)

> I'd be curious how others feel about this relationship between
> employer and designer. I would imagine this would be really
> different at the consultancies than at the product development shops.

Recently I've become responsible for a team of designers who had had no
leadership for a period of almost six months. My first questions to them
was what their current problems were and where they wanted to be. It was
interesting how the issues of creativity and engagement were the first
ones to appear.

15 Jun 2005 - 11:17pm
Josh Seiden

Professional development; employer expectations (was RE: book recommendation foreveryone)

> I believe that the most important
> qualities that designers crave are engagement and
> inspiration. They need to feel engaged in designing and
> creativity, and they need to constantly feel inspired. There
> are many many ways to achieve this, and when you are in the
> slow route of cultural change in a corporation you can
> realize that one or both of these needs to be satisfied
> elsewhere.

15 Jun 2005 - 11:01pm
11 years ago
2 replies
Wendy Fischer

Re: Professional development; employer expectations

I definitely agree with you on the creativity and inspiration part.

Part of the reason that I left my last job is that I wanted to publish a use case and make a presentation on some of our findings, but had no support or interest from senior management.

15 Jun 2005 - 10:03pm
11 years ago
1 reply
Dave Malouf

Professional development; employer expectations (was RE: book recommendation for everyone)

Hi everyone,

Wendy laid out really well, her perspective on education and information
gathering. I don't actually consider those things to be related, but they
are both cost centers for any organization and all costs need to be budgeted

I work for an organization that is finally seeing value (mainly due to
competitive forces) in UX investments.

15 Jun 2005 - 2:00pm
11 years ago
23 replies
Wendy Fischer

book recommendation for everyone

I'd like to recommend that everybody read the new edition of Cost-Justifying Usability : An Update for the Internet Age.

I just finished reading the majority of it, and thought that it was an excellent read. While it is a "usability" book, it's a valuable resource for interaction designers also, particularly if they have to ROI activities.

In addition, there was an excellent chapter that detailed how to think about improving internal social return on investment.

15 Jun 2005 - 1:59pm
11 years ago
5 replies
Wendy Fischer

UX role diagrams?

I am wondering if anybody has or can point me in the direction of roles in user experience (usability engineer, interaction designer, visual designer, etc). I am trying to design something for a presentation, but am particularly interested in the role overlap.


15 Jun 2005 - 11:35am
11 years ago
4 replies
Dan Saffer

Mind Control

"A company in Cupertino, California, called NeuroSky is...developing
a technology that uses electrical signals produced by the brain and
eye movement to control electronic devices."


Dan Saffer
Sr. Interaction Designer, Adaptive Path

15 Jun 2005 - 10:27am
11 years ago
7 replies

Best prototype simulation tool

Apologies if this has been discussed before.

I'm interested in introducing "interactivity"
into my mockups/prototypes without having to
code (or at least with very little coding).

What tools/techniques do most people use to accomplish this?
I've heard mention of Flash, but have no experience
with it.

Currently, I create mockups in Visio or Illustrator,
paste them into Powerpoint, and then move through
slides to "simulate" some of the interactivity of
the design.

Thanks for your feedback,

15 Jun 2005 - 2:41am
kalbach at scil...

EURO IA Conference - Call for Papers

European IA Summit - Building Communities
Tulip Inn, Brussels, Belgium
15-16 October 2005
Call for Papers

Scope of the Conference
The first European Information Architecture (IA) Summit's focus is
on building the IA community in Europe. The objective of the event
is to bring together a number of disciplines and practitioner
communities by providing a stimulating environment for debate and an
opportunity for establishing cooperation. This community is not just
limited to language or region, but all encompasses our
specialisations like designing for mobile devices, and multilingual