Discussion Archive: June 2005

14 Jun 2005 - 9:22pm
11 years ago
3 replies
Kesava Mallela

Re: intent -driven search

Intention behind the new search tool sounded good. But the slider and
results were bullshit.

First of all, how much sense did the slider make? What does it mean
when I slide it midway towards shopping? Does it mean that I have
assigned .75 weight for shopping and .25 for research? What do those
weights .75 and .25 mean anyway? I mean, how do you differentiate them
from .95 weight on shopping + .05 weight on research?

14 Jun 2005 - 1:15pm
11 years ago
2 replies
Vishal Subraman...

usability study methodology

I'm conducting a usability study of a U.S army corps of engineers website.
The most important component is a task analysis. In this case we sit along
with the subject and have a dialogue with them as they go along with the
task (talk to them about what they are thinking, try getting their thoughts
out), and give them hints if they are stuck etc, until they get to the
result (all info is captured in the coding sheets).

Another research I recently noticed used a diametrically different approach.
They just give the task to the subjects and left them on their own.

14 Jun 2005 - 12:46pm
Challis Hodge

Job :: Interactive Architect :: Seattle, WA, USA

Position: Interactive Architect

Experience: 3+ years
Location: Seattle, WA, USA
Status: Permanent Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Relocation: Not Available


Seattle-based User Experience consulting firm is looking for a full time
Interactive Architect to join their User-Centered Design team. This is a
classic interaction design/user experience position requiring skills in user
research, interaction design, information architecture, prototyping, and
usability testing. The environment is growth-oriented with a wide range of
clients from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups.

14 Jun 2005 - 10:52am
11 years ago
6 replies
Gerard Torenvliet

Graphics Software: Fireworks or PhotoShop

I need your opinion.

I will be purchasing some graphics software in the next few days. I
have intermediate skills with Fireworks and can barely spell

Given the merger between Adobe and Macromedia (and the rumours that
Fireworks will be Fired) should I:

1. Preserve my existing skills, save $400, and get Fireworks.


14 Jun 2005 - 10:24am
11 years ago
10 replies
Wendy Fischer

IA terminology

I am wondering what people use for terminology regarding sitemaps/interaction flows in regards to communicating deliverables to people who don't have an interaction design/information architecture background. I am using sitemaps/interaction flows both and I find that the PM's are getting confused on what the terminology is, so I just want to settle on one term to simplify things for them.

I always associate site maps with "content" and associate interaction flows with "application design" or "transactions".

14 Jun 2005 - 10:11am
vimal sharma

after intent its EPIC

hi all,
my previous post 'intent driven search' raised lot of questions in this group and quite interesting few of them abt the 'personal information sharing with google etc' and that remindid me of something which i had seen recently and the discussions were somewhat leading to that area so just thought of sharing this factual fiction documentry with u all its just...............

13 Jun 2005 - 4:27pm
11 years ago
2 replies
Doug Anderson

Re: intent-driven search

Hi Ben,

Isn't what you're talking about a "recommender system"?

This category of applications holds great promise for asynchronous social collaboration about the sorts of things you're talking about.

I've had the opportunity to hear Joseph Konstan of the University of Minnesota & CHI talk about his adventures in this market segment, but I haven't yet read his book, "Word of Mouse."

There's a lot of programming, yes, and there also needs to be a substantial amount of data, yours and others'.

13 Jun 2005 - 3:31pm

Design Docs - Printer


13 Jun 2005 - 9:04am
11 years ago
1 reply
Dave Malouf

Bill Buxton speaking in NYC this Thursday

Information Esthetics is speaking in NYC this week, Thurs the 16th (more
information below @ http://informationesthetics.org/

I plan on going and would love to see other IxDGers there. I do have to rush
home afterwards, otherwise I would personally try to make an IxDG post-party
event out of it.

Here's a bit more information.

Bill Buxton, June 16 · Supporting creative analysis

13 Jun 2005 - 6:12am
11 years ago
9 replies

Measuring Usability


Is there a method to measure usability?