Discussion Archive: October 2005

18 Oct 2005 - 10:10am
10 years ago
2 replies
Dan Saffer

IxDA DUX Cocktails

The IxDA Board of Directors is organizing a cocktail party for all
IxDA members (that would be you!) who are attending DUX or just in
the Bay Area that evening.

The location has yet to be determined, but the time will be
immediately following the last session of DUX on Saturday, November
5th, from 6-8.

If you are interested please send an RSVP to

DUX2005 at ixda.org

Hope to see you there!


Dan Saffer

17 Oct 2005 - 5:02pm
10 years ago
20 replies

Another way to uncover users' latent needs?

After reading a fair amount on ethnography, empathic research,
and other methods targeted at getting inside the user's mind,
I'm wondering if it wouldn't be "easier" to approach it from
the other side: to train users to communicate their latent needs.

The techniques mentioned above can be costly to implement,
and users' domains, in some cases, can be difficult for a designer
to completely understand.

DESIGNER ----/tools/----------------------> NEED <---/??/---- USER

Is anyone aware of research on training users to uncover and communicate
latent needs?

17 Oct 2005 - 11:33am
Matthew Milan

Toronto UX Irregulars meetup this Wednesday

(Apologies for the cross post)

Hey Kids,

After a long summer, the Toronto UX Irregular meetups are back, and as
disorganized and eclectic as ever.

The next meetup is taking place this Wednesday, October 19th at The
Communist's Daughter, 1149 Dundas West at Ossington. We're looking
at meeting around 6:30 and going for about 2-3 hours.

If you're in the Toronto area, it's a great opportunity to talk about
designing and making cool stuff with other people who design and make
cool stuff.

17 Oct 2005 - 9:45am
Ben Hunt

The new IxDA

Do we get a badge? I'm using the logo from the site here:

- Ben :-)

17 Oct 2005 - 8:45am
Robert Reimann

Welcome to IxDA: A Message from the President

Dear IxD Discussion and IxDA Announcements mailing list members,

I'm very pleased to announce a momentous occasion in the history of
interaction design.

On the 29th of September, the Interaction Design Group (IxDG), which
sponsors the IxD Discussion and IxDG—now IxDA—Announcements mailing lists,
officially incorporated under its new name, the Interaction Design
Association (IxDA).

Our name change represents much more than just a new identity.

17 Oct 2005 - 6:53am
10 years ago
1 reply
Dave Malouf

REMINDER: NYC IxDA Face 2 Face, Tue, Oct. 18 (6:30p) - Parsons Design Lab

The below is the original announcement for this event which is tomorrow
(Oct-18 @ 6:30p @ 55 W. 13th, 9th Floor, Parsons Design Lab).

Now that everyone has also seen the announcement I was alluding to below,
you can all see how huge this event is. (If you haven't you should go to
http://ixda.org and see the big news.)

There will be two mini presentations and an opportunity to speak to 4 board
membesr (2 of whom are the first officers of IxDA). The presentations are
* A short and concise history of IxD by David Heller
* The whole story ...

16 Oct 2005 - 4:29pm
Dan Saffer

NYT Magazine Article on Interruption Science

"A picture of 21st-century office work emerged that was, [Gloria
Mark, an HCI researcher] says, "far worse than I could ever have
imagined." Each employee spent only 11 minutes on any given project
before being interrupted and whisked off to do something else. What's
more, each 11-minute project was itself fragmented into even shorter
three-minute tasks, like answering e-mail messages, reading a Web
page or working on a spreadsheet. And each time a worker was
distracted from a task, it would take, on average, 25 minutes to
return to that task.

16 Oct 2005 - 11:51am
Lada Gorlenko

World Usabilit Day, 3 November

World Usability Day (WUD) aims helping everyone learn more about
the ways to create a better user experience of our world. It will
take place on 3 November and span across 36 hours, starting in New
Zealand around 7am local time and finishing around 10pm in San
Francisco at DUX'05. At the moment, events are planned in 70+
locations in 35 countries.

If you wish to take part in WUD, there is still time to do it. You can
either set up a new event or joint efforts with other sessions planned
in your area.

15 Oct 2005 - 9:32pm
Elizabeth Bacon

Reminder: IxDG F2F in Portland, OR this Monday

Hi folks,

Here's a reminder about an IxDG Face 2 Face gathering in Portland, Oregon
this coming Monday!

Where: Ringlers (a McMenamin's joint on W. Burnside)
When: Monday, Oct 17 starting at 6 pm (come for dinner &/or drinks)
What: Casual networking and discussion about all things interaction design

Please join us! Should be a good time...RSVP if you get a second to Liz
Bacon, ixd(at)elizabethbacon.com or 503-347-4931.