Discussion Archive: November 2005

9 Nov 2005 - 9:39am
Peter Merholz

"User Interfaces for Physical Spaces", December 12, Pittsburgh, PA

IxDA Folk--

Related to the thread about working on physical products, how about a
workshop on physical spaces?

User Interfaces for Physical Spaces

December 12
Pittsburgh, PA

This event is co-produced by MAYA Design and the Information
Architecture Institute.

MAYA did redesigned the physical and virtual space of Pittsburgh's
public library system.

Libraries are the original information-rich public domains.

9 Nov 2005 - 8:48am
Nico Macdonald

BBC Innovation Labs: Invite to Intro day

This may be of interest to IxDA discussants in the UK:

As part of the process of opening up its new media production and development to independent producers, the BBC is collaborating with Creative London, ERDF Objective One, Yorkshire Forward, Screen Yorkshire, North-West Vision, and Unexpected Media on a pilot series of 'Innovation Labs' in February and March 2006. I am working with Unexpected Media to create, programme and promote the Intro events.

Three pilots will run across the UK: one in London, one in the North West and one in Yorkshire.

8 Nov 2005 - 4:34pm

discuss Digest, Vol 26, Issue 8


I just saw this in a magazine... was it Fast Company or Wired? I know I just
saw it this past week and I was wondering when I could buy one! I'm getting
tired of my OS X dock (always clicking on the wrong app!!!) and want
something else. :)

We often use generic hardware for prototyping - like the idea you have with
the keyboard - and we can update/change between iterations as needed. We do
things like have a 4x9 credit card remote with a printout of the buttons on
top and test different layout/interactions.

8 Nov 2005 - 12:49pm
10 years ago
3 replies
Anjali Arora, NYU

Physical Interaction Prototyping ToolkitRecommendations

For those of you interested in exploring physical computing, you must check
out Tom Igoe's blog at http://tigoe.net/pcomp/index.shtml. There's ton of
resources out there.


> I'm assuming you're aware of the Making Things TELEO modules? Great
> for tying the physical world to Flash.
> http://makingthings.com/
> -Jed

8 Nov 2005 - 9:49am
10 years ago
1 reply
Wendy Fischer

Mobile video WAP site recommendations?

Does anybody have any mobile video sites recommendations for WAP? I am trying to find sites but am finding that most of them are in the UK and Europe and won't allow me to access them due to the fact that I live in the US.


8 Nov 2005 - 7:25am
Dave Malouf

Frog Design Mind - Gizmodo article

I thought people would be interested in this article by Frog Sr. Design
Analyst David Hoffer since it brings up an important aspect of interaction
design ... complex systems:


Almost all physical devices have to interact in some context that is
systemic (i.e. non-random)
1. Cars have to fit in lanes, get gas, meet gov't constraints
2. digital cameras have to work w/ PCs, pict bridge printers, Target/Walmart

8 Nov 2005 - 1:24am
Amnon Dekel

Physical Interaction Design

I was interested in Lisa deBettencourt's comments about their (Bose's)
design's being rendered in steel plastic etc.
Here's a thought: how about trying to design a generic physical "front end"
that can be dynamically updated. Such a system would enable you to make
changes as and if needed, plus enable your users to customize (and
personalize) their physical interfaces if they like. This issue is obviously
fraught with many problems, but can also be an interesting, maybe even an
exciting innovation for the physical interface world.

8 Nov 2005 - 1:15am

IxDA - F2F - Sthlm

Hi all

Welcome to the first F2F in Stockholm, 18.00 on the 17th of November
at Allmäna Galleritet 925 (http://ag925.se).

If you're in Stockholm at any given third thursday of the month, this
will hopefully be the place to find the local IxDers.

If you want to be on a local distro-list for general info about the
event send me a line.

Welcome and I hope to see you there!

Niklas Wolkert
Interaction designer at TeliaSonera

8 Nov 2005 - 1:05am
Anthony Colfelt

Running a good "vision session", "innovation session", " session"...?

I can highly recommend listening to this podcast to give you everything
you may need in organizing/running/planning an innovation session.

8 Nov 2005 - 12:07am
10 years ago
2 replies

IXers working on physical products - HELP!

Hello, all!

I just saw the list e-mails on IXers working on physical products and I'd
like to join the discussion into physical product UI design. I have a
specific project in mind I need help with.

I have just started a new project as the user interface architect working
with an industrial design firm to design a physical consumer device from
scratch for production in 2007.