Discussion Archive: February 2006

22 Feb 2006 - 11:15am
10 years ago
7 replies
John Vaughan - ...

Sketching with PowerPoint? Was: How is MS doingPrototyping?

> [can anybody recommend
> a way to get that sketchty appearance without having to use Illustrator
> etc?
> *fredrik ampler*

A Modest Proposal

Have you considered pencil & paper? Sounds snotty, but - really - I'm

22 Feb 2006 - 3:08am
10 years ago
5 replies
Fredrik Ampler

Sketching with PowerPoint? Was: How is MS doing Prototyping?

As many others on the list we use ppt for demos/prototypes, often building
the screens by combining photoshop images with ppt's own text elements &
But we would like to use ppt for concept sketches too: can anybody recommend
a way to get that sketchty appearance without having to use Illustrator etc?
Is there any "plugin" that would enable the regular boxes in ppt to look
hand drawn? Is the inking feature of tabletPC's a way to go?


*fredrik ampler*
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21 Feb 2006 - 9:35pm
10 years ago
2 replies

"It Depends," Part II

I visited a page today that, upon setting up an account, prompted me to enter my email address twice (presumably to ensure that typos don't cause you to never get emails). As usual I copied and pasted my first email entry into the second box.

Question: isn't it time for this dumb technique to end?

Thanks, Jack

20 Feb 2006 - 7:53pm
10 years ago
6 replies
Wendy Fischer

Web 2.0 primer.

I've been buried in the mobile world for the past year and before that was buried in business reporting and sql editors.

I'm interested in the Web 2.0 but Web 2.0 seems to be a rather vague description of many different types of technologies and apps. I know some pieces, like Ajax, but I'd like to learn more and get a quick overview of what's going on in the Web 2.0 space.

Where's a good place to start learning about Web 2.0?

20 Feb 2006 - 7:14pm

Fw: Dual search boxes


I agree entirely. I was wondering if there was some hidden logic of which I
was unaware that caused sites to persist in such nonsense. I made a little
"end user information" database 10 years ago where I searched multiple
indexes (and was challenged for it), so I was gratified to see
Amazon finally combine Title, Index, Author...

20 Feb 2006 - 3:34pm
10 years ago
1 reply
Michael Stiso

supporting conditional logic

Hi, everyone.

SITUATION: I'm in the beginning throes (the research stage, really) of
designing a method for users to create conditional logic statements
for this and that -- basically, IF-THEN/condition-action stuff, such
as "If miles flown is greater than 50,000, then grant gold status."

QUESTION: Does anyone know of research that indicates whether people
tend to think of such statements or situations primarily in terms of
conditions (as in the example above) or instead in terms of actions
(e.g., "Grant gold status IF miles flown is greater than 50,000")?

20 Feb 2006 - 3:18pm
Peter Merholz

[Contract] Interaction Designer needed ASAP, 3 month project

Hey all--

Adaptive Path is in need of a contract interaction/interface designer
for a juicy 3-month web application project. This is a great project
to geek out on systems design, and we're working with a client with
whom we have a long productive relationship.

We're figuring about 25-30 hours per week.

The project begins this week, so we need the designer ASAP.

20 Feb 2006 - 2:04pm
10 years ago
18 replies
Dave Malouf

How is MS doing Prototyping?

Well at least the Office 12 group:

It talks about how they are using PowerPoint to short cut prototyping.

I find this funny b/c you'd think they would just use Visio. ;)

-- dave

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20 Feb 2006 - 8:07am
10 years ago
18 replies

Dual search boxes

My state's web site


has two search boxes, one for the conventional search within the site, and another for their special keywords. For instance, if you enter DMV in the special keywords box, it goes right to Department of Motor Vehicles.

Shouldn't these just be one "Search" box?

18 Feb 2006 - 5:30pm
10 years ago
1 reply
Robert Hoekman, Jr.

Kaizen applied to IxD?

Has anyone else here associated Kaizen somehow with the work of an
IxDer? I know Kaizen is intended as a management approach, but the
whole notion of "continuous improvement" has become a recent obsession
of mine (I've been learning about/contemplating it for a couple of
months now) and I'm finding plenty of ways to apply it, at least
metaphorically, to IxD work.

For example, my new Interface Designer/Usability Specialist role at Go
Daddy (which I started last week) involves working with the web team
to improve the site.