Discussion Archive: October 2006

31 Oct 2006 - 4:51pm
9 years ago
2 replies
Valerie Gomez d...

Classes from Cooper


Has anyone taken any of the classes offered by Cooper in San Francisco?

Classes offered: http://www.cooper.com/content/cooperu/classes.asp



31 Oct 2006 - 3:34pm
9 years ago
4 replies
Wendy Fischer

Prototyping tools for mobile game app.

I am researching prototyping tools for mobile games that are developed in J2ME and Brew. I need to create rapid prototypes of interfaces relatively quickly and be able to port something to a mass market phone for a usability test or a marketing demo.

I need something that 1) has a low learning curve, 2) is easy to port to a mass market phone and 3) utilizes a WYSIWYG interfaces without a lot of coding.

I'm not finding a lot.

31 Oct 2006 - 11:01am
Greg Petroff

Give-A-Little-Back-06 Final Tally

Hi All,

Thanks to all who contributed last week for our first fundraising campaign!

We raised $3401.00. We ended up short of our goal of raising $5000, but we
came close.

Special thanks also to our generous challenge grant providers:

Robert Reinnman
Josh Seiden
Lada Gorlenko
Kim Goodwin with Cooper's very generous challenge grant.

And another thank you to Jared Spool from UIE who made a sizable
contribution to the effort.

With your support we will be able to create a better experience for all of
us in IxDA.

--Greg Petroff
Treasurer and Board Member IxDA

31 Oct 2006 - 9:53am
Paul Adams

Making Life Easy (and the Red Balloons)

Hi folks,

I want to tell you about a project for World Usability Day called *Making
Life Easy*. And I'm hoping that you will stop by and let us know your
thoughts about good and bad design!

*What is it?*

Between now and World Usability Day (14th Nov), we'll be out on the streets
of London tying red balloons to examples of good and bad user experiences.

30 Oct 2006 - 6:14pm
9 years ago
11 replies

Marking required fields on desktop UIs?


I am having trouble determining if there is a standard or best
practice for marking which fields are required on a desktop
application form. This is a fairly standard Windows UI with lots of
dialogs. Each dialog has some mandatory and some optional fields, and
which are which tends to change with the data, system parameters, etc.

Therefore, I want to have some visual treatment so users can know at a
glance what fields are mandatory.

30 Oct 2006 - 4:56pm
Peter Merholz

IDEA Conference presentations: all the audio, some slides


If you have only 30 minutes, then listen to Bruce Sterling's closing

Honestly, though, there's lots of great stuff here. Interaction
designers will be keen on Dave Cronin, Jake Barton, Stamen, Fernanda
Viegas, and Robert Kalin.

Brought to you by the IA Institute!


30 Oct 2006 - 3:50pm
9 years ago
3 replies
Anastasia Fischer

error treatments

I am looking for examples of error treatments for web apps. Is there a
best-in-class standard for this these days?




Anastasia Fischer

Customer Experience Design & Consulting

Tel: 207-596-5549

Cell: 207-318-9482


30 Oct 2006 - 1:20pm
9 years ago
7 replies

submit button for list of items

Hi all -

I have a list of items that are turned on/off with checkboxes.

These can work instantly, via AJAX, or with a submit button. I
prefer the former, but am wondering what if any additional feedback
is necessary.

If people know of similar interfaces, where checkboxes work without a
submit, I'd appreciate it if you could bounce them my way.

This seems to get at a larger question as well - how fast are people
re-learning these new models of interaction on the web?

30 Oct 2006 - 12:46pm
Kyle Pero

REMINDER: Joint PHICHI & AIGA Meeting, 11/2, 6pm, the Visual vs. the Usable - A Panel Discussion

This is a reminder that the next PHICHI meeting is this Thursday night...

**Apologies to those that have received this announcement more than once**

What: Joint PHICHI and AIGA November Meeting: the Visual vs. the Usable - A
Panel Discussion

On November 2nd, PhiCHI (The Philadelphia Region's Chapter of the ACM
SIGCHI) and AIGA Philadelphia (American Institute of Graphic Arts) will be
holding their next joint meeting; a round table discussion with audience
participation and panelists from user experience and design team members
from Electronic Ink, Inc.

30 Oct 2006 - 7:34am
Woolstone, Rachel

"JOB:"Full-Time UI Designer, Windows with Skype Technologies in London, UK

UI Designer - Windows

Be part of Skype's UI Design and Usability team. We are changing the way
people communicate, and we are looking for like-minded folk to help us
design the next generation of products. We need you to help make it easy
for everyone in the world to use. Sure, it's easier enough today, but we
want to make it easier and more enjoyable. You like to design
experiences that are so simple. If you are a senior designer, please get
in touch with us.