Discussion Archive: June 2006

26 Jun 2006 - 7:25am
10 years ago
9 replies

Usability of email lists vs web forums?

As we all probably know, this email list generates a ton of emails. If it
were not for filtering and subject sorting in MS Outlook (for me at least) I
wouldn't be able to keep up with this list. I find that Outlook doesn't
always sort properly, particularly because of the RE: infront of email

I don't see much of a structure to posts here (no subject formatting, such
as "Job: xyz" or "Conference: xyz".

26 Jun 2006 - 7:15am
Dave Malouf

21_21 Design Site


This looks like the Japanese version of D. School w/o the school part.
The names associated with this project alone are quite amazing.

I thought people might be interested in this.

25 Jun 2006 - 7:19pm
Mark Schraad


Neither Norman or Nielssen are appropriate as compasses, but their
work is important. I use Norman's "Form, Function and Fit" to talk
with clients all the time. It is a bit simplistic, but helps them to
understand why we as designers need the research up front looking for
opportunities and patterns, and the testing throughout the design
process to validate our ideas. Nielssen represents the radical and
stark end of interface, but not a very realistic application.

25 Jun 2006 - 12:35pm
10 years ago
1 reply
Oleh Kovalchuke

random observation on attractiveness of exploration, which ties two threads together

Jack Bellis on Windows 3.x interface (thread "Semantics of the Elements of

"But I still want the dual-pane [Windows 3.x] File Manager back.

25 Jun 2006 - 9:51am
10 years ago
30 replies
Simon Asselbergs

windows 3.x vs MacOs

There would be so much to say about usability of specific OS'es, then we might need new mailinglist to cover that topic. Why waiste any time about historical facts and ideological quarrels? Let's focus on the perspective of users on usable software products of to day.

23 Jun 2006 - 2:31pm
gretchen anderson

Looking for some research

I¹m looking for usability studies done on devices with ³softkeys² (a la
mobile phones) and their acceptance/performance among users. I¹d appreciate
any references you send my way.

Thanks, Gretchen

Gretchen Anderson
Senior Design Analyst

frog design inc.
420 Bryant St.

23 Jun 2006 - 11:14am

User Experience/Usability Proposal Example

Hi All,

I am searching for examples of proposals/whitepapers on the benefits
of doing IxD/UX. Currently my group is going through significant
change, and has been tasked with being focused on a Business to
Supplier portal. It's a technical team, and I am really the only one
who understands a User Centered perspective.

I've talked with a manager about potentially offering UX as another
service, but I would like to write something more formal to pass along
to them.

23 Jun 2006 - 11:06am
10 years ago
22 replies
Robert Hoekman, Jr.

Semantics of The Elements of UX

Someone pointed this out earlier:


I've read Garrett's book (The Elements of User Experience), as I'm sure
everyone has, and I find there's a bit of a disconnect between the title and
the content. The book isn't really about the actual user experience, it's
about process.

23 Jun 2006 - 11:01am
10 years ago
8 replies
John Grøtting

Ease of use of travel booking websites

I assume that most people here have used www.google.com. It is
wonderfully easy to use.

If I compare this to travel websites, though, I can't say the same.
Obviously, the tasks are much more complex, but I still feel that
websites like Expedia overload the user and miss out on opportunities
to simplify tasks.

23 Jun 2006 - 3:53am
10 years ago
2 replies
Olga Fernandez

UX: looking for good and not so good examples


I'm preparing a brief class for an advertising agency to teach how to create
good user experiences for the Web.

The assistants to this class are not familiar with all these concepts of
usability, UX, information architecture, interaction design, etc.