Discussion Archive: November 2006

20 Nov 2006 - 9:36am
Dan Branigan

JOB: Junior IA, Witney, West Oxfordshire, Branigan Interactive, Part Time/Contract

A creative digital design agency based in West Oxfordshire is looking for a
Junior/Middleweight Information Architect to work on a contract/part-time
basis on web-based applications. Experienced of online learning systems and
e-commerce applications would be an advantage. This role may also involve
some basic project and account management alongside any IA tasks. A strong
focus on user-centred design is crucial.

Candidates please email dan at braniganinteractive.co.uk for more details.

20 Nov 2006 - 9:11am
9 years ago
1 reply

Cross media bar experience?

Hi - and thanks for the great discussion that's going on here!

I'm currently looking into different ways of navigating and interacting with small handheld devices. In a recent discussion my team begun to discuss the Sony Cross media bar concept (XMB) and its pros and cons. Does anyone here have any thoughts in the matter? Some of the issues that I (personally) are thinking about:

* How well does the solution scale when there is a lot of content? Lots of labelling of content required in order to be useful?

* Is it a good solution for all kinds of interactive spaces?

20 Nov 2006 - 3:30am

Are there any excellent examples of corporate websites?

Hi Simon:

By *Corporate Site* do you mean:

the landing page for "About the Company" OR

the whole "Corporate Site" - home, products, services, about us etc OR

"Corporate Home Page"

OR all of the above?

*One trend* that can frustrate users are Corporate Sites that put all the
information *About the company first* with little regard for what their
users may actually need on their Home Page e.g. Pay a Bill, Find a Product,
Look for Latest advertised products, download shareholders report etc.

20 Nov 2006 - 1:24am
Cindy Alvarez

(job) Interaction Designer, Yodlee Bangalore, India

Yodlee builds online banking and financial applications for the biggest and
best in the US financial industry. In the past year, we have launched new
applications for personal financial management, bill payment, funds
transfer, and online account verification. In the past two months, we have
moved over $100 million in transfers, and we are poised to see far bigger
numbers in bill payment transactions over the next 18 months. In short, we
could be the next big thing in banking.

We have a great suite of products, a great client list, and an energetic,
committed team.

19 Nov 2006 - 7:27pm
9 years ago
22 replies
Mark Schraad

Phone numbers should be numbers

With out a doubt my favorite user unfriendly mechanism... that which
I pick on most is the ATM... with its mix of screen buttons, real
buttons and unpredictable sequencing.

Second place for most annoying, but surely the most frequently
indured is the alpha phone number... such as 1 866 DIAL-NOW. Am I the
only one here? Rarely are hey easier to remember, catchy in message
and almost always slower to dial? Why must marketers continue to
torture me (us)?

Any thoughts?

19 Nov 2006 - 5:12pm
9 years ago
1 reply
Simon Clatworthy

Are there any excellent examples of corporate web sites?

I am looking for some excellent examples of corporate web sites that
differentiate themselves from the standard format that most seem to
use at the moment (columns of text and a few images). It seems that
most corporate sites, for one reason or another, are very much the
same, both visually, structurally and in terms of the user
experience. They are not bad, but not particularly good either, they
are nice, safe and secure.

19 Nov 2006 - 11:00am
Challis Hodge

JOB: Content Strategist | Bridge Worldwide | Cincinnati, OH

Content Strategist

Bridge Worldwide, a subsidiary of WPP, is a top 40 interactive agency that
specializes in work for FORTUNE 100 healthcare, financial services and
consumer packaged goods companies. Bridge Worldwide was recently named the
9th Best Company to Work for in America in the small business category.

17 Nov 2006 - 4:26pm
9 years ago
4 replies
Mark Canlas

Final Fantasy XII Gambits (Semi-Autonomous Processes)

My second foray into creating a thread. This time, about video games.

Video game developer Square Enix recently released Final Fantasy XII for the
PlayStation 2. It, compared to similar games in its RPG genre, sports a new
battle system called Gambits. Essentially, these Gambits are like
programmers' if-statements that help the video game player automate certain
aspects of their play.

Games traditionally of this genre have two parties, the enemies and you. The
enemies, controlled by the game, attack you.

17 Nov 2006 - 1:10pm
dani malik

JOB: Freelance interaction designer

I'm posting this for a friend. Please send the replies to the email
below, not me.

Traction, a small advertising agency in San Francisco is looking for
a sharp Interaction Designer to help design an innovative RIA for a
commercial web site. Start ASAP and work with a great group of
people. Project schedule is about 6-8 weeks for the interaction
design. Local preferred, but remote is a possibility.

Please contact Jim (at) tractionco (dot) com
[ t ] 415.962.5824 [ m ] 415.279.6883 [ f ] 415.962.581

17 Nov 2006 - 12:33pm
Ted Booth

Innovation ROI


A good mix of speakers discussing how to make 'innovation' work. Dec 7-8 in New York.