Discussion Archive: November 2006

22 Nov 2006 - 11:45am
9 years ago
10 replies
Lorne Trudeau

Game patterns in mundane applications

I'm a big fan of pattern libraries. In particular, I really enjoy taking
patterns that appear primarily in gaming environments and applying them
through my work (web application development). Things such as:

- Keeping Score

- Customization/Personalization

- Progress Indication

- Item Collection

- Random Discovery

Does anyone out there have any thoughts or interesting stories/examples
of applying game theory to traditionally more "mundane" contexts?

21 Nov 2006 - 1:48pm

UX Talk, New York Avenue A | Razorfish (Wed, Dec. 6th, 6:30pm)

(Apologies for duplicate postings)

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want to make sure there are enough cocktails to go around!

21 Nov 2006 - 1:09pm
John Schrag

Mouse mastery (was: Whats the proper name for motor memory withininteraction?)

Lisa deBettencourt wrote:
> There have been quite a number of tests done with older populations
> where they've found that the computer/keyboard/mouse design isn't
> intuitive, but learned. They've seen people have pick up the mouse and

> hold it in the air wondering what it does.

Adrian Howard replied:
> Yup. I remember helping out with an adult education course in the late
> eighties when a (bright) business studies teacher hadn't encountered a
> mouse before.

21 Nov 2006 - 12:35pm
Karin Kawamoto

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21 Nov 2006 - 11:30am
9 years ago
5 replies

Fwd: Whats the proper name for motor memory within interaction?

Scaffolding!! bingo!!!

There isnt much we can do to existing systems. The D.C. for web is pretty
much defined and we have to build with existing structures as Dan pointed
out. However, every so often a device comes along and changes the rules of
the game, enter the Nintendo Wii. The scaffolding just changed shape, the
designers took a step back and built for D.C. thrash your arm through the
air to swing a tennis racket on screen (not A+B down down left (o;)

I have been pondering some choices on this portable oscilloscope I'm working

21 Nov 2006 - 10:05am
Wunderlich, Judith

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21 Nov 2006 - 9:17am
9 years ago
1 reply
Marc Resnick

harnessing technology's potential

Maren and all,

I find that reading eWeek is very useful. It has very short articles that
are easily skimmed when they are not relevant, but pretty informative when
they are. There are also some interesting editorials. And even better,
its free.

Marc Resnick
Usability Solutions
(305) 348-3537
resnickm at fiu.edu

>> I'd love to hear about your ideas, classes, books, blogs, whatever, that
help you quickly learn *what it can do* >> without necessarily knowing how
to do it.

21 Nov 2006 - 9:12am
Marc Resnick

ecommerce search


I have been doing a lot of work in this area for various clients. In
general, and I have found large differences depending on the size of the
content database, both in terms of number of products and how many fields
are indexed. But for your specific question, it depends on what can be
done about the "sold out" products. If it is possible to back order, then
you should definitely display the items and have a link to do a back order
function. If there is no way to buy them, I would suggest not cluttering
up the page.

21 Nov 2006 - 8:14am
9 years ago
3 replies
Leisa Reichelt

Fwd: search results display

here's a few ideas :)

showing the URL allows the user to evaluate where the result is coming
from (what website), and allows them to do at least two things:

- evaluate the credibility/quality of the result based on the URL
based on familiarity and unfamiliarity before clicking through.

- identify the result they are seeking if they are specifically
seeking a result from a known URL but need to 'recognise' the URL
(because they're unable to recall it)

Leisa Reichelt
User Experience Consultant


21 Nov 2006 - 8:06am
9 years ago
3 replies
Soo Basu

Fwd: search results display

This may be a stupid question but it leaves me stumped!

Why does google (and other search engines) display the url under each search
result? I mean, it's already hyperlinked to the search result title, right?
Why spend extra line space for each result? Does it help the user to know
the url of the page he may go to?
Any answers?


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