Discussion Archive: March 2007

15 Mar 2007 - 8:27pm
9 years ago
8 replies
Brian Williams

How many of us (interaction designers) are there?

I am trying size the Interaction Design market. Does anyone have data
on the number of interaction designers in the US and world wide?
I found some oblique references, but nothing that could give an
accurate picture of the general population.

I looked at the online job postings to see how many open positions
there are (about 1600) and at conference attendance and various
organization's membership numbers but all those data points require
some ridiculous amount of guessing. What's the ratio of open
positions to total positions? 10 to 1? Anyone have a guess?

15 Mar 2007 - 2:18pm
9 years ago
4 replies
Cecily Walker

Ruby on Rails in Financial Services Applications

I was just part of a hallway conversation here at work about whether
many financial services institutions use Ruby on Rails in their secure
areas. For example, how many banks are using it in their online
banking applications, and what were their concerns about security?

If you work in the financial services arena (banks, accountancy firms,
etc.) and you've used Ruby on Rails, or if you're convinced that it
isn't secure enough to be used for financial transactions, would you
mind sharing your experiences/opinions?


15 Mar 2007 - 1:21pm
Shurson, Matt

JOB: Interaction Designer - Mountain View, CA - Recruiter - Contract

Title: Interaction Designer
Term: 12 Month Contract
Client: Need to keep that confidential for now. CDI Business Solutions
is a staffing/headhunting firm
Location: Mountain View, CA

Contribute directly to companies bottom line by designing excellent
interfaces for complex web-based applications. We are looking for Senior
Interaction Designers to help take our applications to the next level.
In this position, you'll get the opportunity to become an expert in the
online advertising domain, and you'll design interfaces that simplify
complicated concepts and processes.

15 Mar 2007 - 11:06am
Chris Bernard

Regarding Microsoft Expression: Clarity is on the way

So this note is more of an introduction than anything else. I've been reading this list for quite a long time and I've actually met or interacted with a good chunk of the regular posters here as well. In reviewing threads over the past few weeks it's clear there's a lot of questions, confusion, etc. about what Microsoft is up to. I'll try to be more visible here in addressing some of the issues that have been raised here that haven't been answered.

15 Mar 2007 - 10:11am
Joy Zigo

4/10 NYCUPA Event: User Exper. at Google NYC: Designing & Localizng for Mobility

Please save the date. Tuesday, April 10th, we will have a presentation by

User Experience at Google NYC: Designing and Localizing for Mobility

More information to come.


The NYC chapter of the Usability Professionals Association (UPA) seeks to
gather members of the marketing, design, technology and research communities
who share a common vision: creating websites, applications, and projects
that are compelling, intuitive and customer driven.

15 Mar 2007 - 7:04am
9 years ago
10 replies
Dan Brown

Anticipatory Gestures

Something interesting happened in usability testing yesterday. Without
belaboring the details of the interface (which I was not responsible
for), one of our users had anticipated a control being in one part of
the screen, so he moved the pointer there prior to the screen fully

He had good reason to. This particular site was divided into four
sections. Three of the four sections located the control in the lower
right corner. The fourth in the lower left.

Our participant noticed this immediately and pointed it out.

15 Mar 2007 - 12:24am
9 years ago
1 reply
marie m

Conference newbie - which one to attend?

The conference season is around the corner, and I'm excited that I will be
able to attend my first conference. I have 1 1/2 years of experience
conducting usability work - in/formal testing, heuristic evaluations,
personas, task analysis, contextual inquiries, focus groups, surveys.

14 Mar 2007 - 9:43pm

More interactive jobs / less interactive

I agree with Cheryl Kimble. I chuckle (to myself) when someone in their
twenties hands me his or her business card with the job title of
"senior ____" (fill in the blank with the job description of choice).
Too many people want to put the word "senior" in front of their job
title after just 2 or 3 years in the field. Also, many employers have a
misguided expectation that these young people will be able to produce
the same quality of work with the same level efficiency as a truly more
senior employee.

14 Mar 2007 - 5:09pm
9 years ago
3 replies
Mark Richman

How to display 'required' form fields when vast majority are required

I am wondering how I might indicate (or not indicate) required fields on a
form where pretty much every field is required.

While in the past I've used the lazy man's convention of indicating required
fields with an asterisk, presenting a page where every label is preceded by
an asterisk seems ridiculous.

Yet, there may be other pages on the site with a more balanced mix of
required and optional fields, where I might wish to use asterisks.

14 Mar 2007 - 4:39pm
Scott Simmons

JOB:UX Designer - Redmond WA - Microsoft - Full Time

Job Details:
The Microsoft Office Accounting and Small Business Services User Experience team is seeking
an exceptionally talented interaction designer to create powerful, engaging and rewarding
user experiences. This is an excellent opportunity to impact millions of small businesses around
the globe; reinvent how small businesses do business; and give small businesses the power
to be more successful.