Discussion Archive: March 2006

20 Mar 2006 - 3:55pm
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Peter Merholz
2004

IAs/IxDs needed for 10-week Media-on-the-Web proejct

Hey all--

Adaptive Path is looking for information architects and interaction
designers to help out on a meaty project. The idea is to help launch
a new cable channel with a web site that features You-Tube-like video
sharing and community. This should be a great opportunity to dive
into the media-on-the-web space.

The project is ten weeks long, with about 25/hrs a week of work.

The project starts real soon now (either next week or the week after,
we're still figuring out details).

Adaptive Path is based in San Francisco.

20 Mar 2006 - 3:16pm
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Terms:
Dan Saffer
2003

Two New Interview Excerpts

I've posted two new interview excerpts for your reading pleasure:

Hugh Dubberly on Systems Design
http://www.designingforinteraction.com/dubberly.html

"Today, ideas from design methods and systems design may be more
relevant to designers than ever before—as more and more designers
collaborate on designing software and complex information spaces."

and

Brenda Laurel on Design Research
http://www.designingforinteraction.com/laurel.html

"

20 Mar 2006 - 3:09pm
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8 years ago
8 replies
John Vaughan - ...
2004

Wordsmithing : Can't we all just get along?

The Nipple: Innate or Intuitive?

Hmmm... Could we agree that the two terms are very close in meaning?

The Latin root of "innate" indicates that "you're born with it" and that it
is not "derived from experience"*

The Latin root of "intuition" indicates that "you look at it and know it";
i.e.

20 Mar 2006 - 2:50pm
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Nancy Broden
2005

[Jobs] Sr. IA/ID and Mobile Interaction Designer - San Francisco, CA

Punchcut is looking for a Senior-level Information Architect and a
Mobile Interaction Designer in our San Francisco office. If you are
interested in either of these positions, please include the job title
in the subject of your email.

Senior Information Architect/Interaction Designer

JOB DESCRIPTION:
Punchcut has an immediate need for a senior information
architect/interaction designer to join our User Experience team on a
contract basis.

20 Mar 2006 - 10:09am
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ychisik
2006

Functional Specs (long and getting longer)[signed]

>> First on consequences: If ecommerce website were to fail me by $20 I
>>might not be killed, but their business would suffer by more than $20.

Hear, hear.
Both E-Trade and McAfee lost me as a client/potential client in the past
week for reasons sparked by issues on their sites and I am sure the effects
were far more widespread.

Now on to the cause, the digital/web domain is the only endeavour in which
people prototype using the "real" thing. To all others a prototype is just
that, a model you construct in order to study the problem.

19 Mar 2006 - 5:54pm
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8 years ago
25 replies
Peter Boersma
2003

Functional Specs (long and getting longer)

Andrew Otwell said:
> Most web sites, and I'll bet almost no rich media are truly life-
> sustaining or have possibility of catastrophic failure consequences
> that bridges or buildings do.

I know Andrew and he can be funny at times.

19 Mar 2006 - 10:31am
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8 years ago
9 replies
Bernie Monette
2005

Functional Specs (long and getting longer) [signed]

Greetings!

There has always been a sense about web development that everything must be
new and other disciplines have nothing to add to what we are doing.
Particularly since web development has been done in a hurry. Remember that
old adage that Internet time was like dog years...

My view of the FS is that of a blueprint: you would never invest the
millions of dollars needed to build a bridge or a building without knowing
exactly what was required. Web development, interaction, digital, rich media
(whatever it is we do) design has to be done to the same or similar
standard.

18 Mar 2006 - 3:40pm
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8 years ago
13 replies
Amnon Dekel
2005

Functional Specs

This is a serious issue. At my startup we are tryng hard to find the best
trade off between spec'ing and wasting time. Although I wrote a 200 + page
UI spec for our app, I think the following article is VERY relevant. Here
is an excerpt.

---- Excerpt ----
*Step 1: Don't write a functional specifications document*
Don't write a functional specifications document. Why? Well, there's nothing
functional about a functional specifications document.

Functional specifications documents lead to an illusion of agreement.

17 Mar 2006 - 4:34pm
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8 years ago
1 reply
Bernie Monette
2005

Functional Specification Documents [signed]

> I was just wondering if any of your produce FSDs for projects? And if
> so, what do they look like and how detailed do they get? We are in a big
> debate in my company about the whole FSD design
> process/documentation/detail level. Is there any standards out there for
> me to lean on?
>
>
>
> Thanks!
>
> Cindi -
>
Not much in the way of standards.

17 Mar 2006 - 4:21pm
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8 years ago
1 reply
Cindi Thomas
2006

Functional Specification Documents

Hello,

I was just wondering if any of your produce FSDs for projects? And if
so, what do they look like and how detailed do they get? We are in a big
debate in my company about the whole FSD design
process/documentation/detail level. Is there any standards out there for
me to lean on?

Thanks!

Cindi -