Discussion Archive: March 2007

14 Mar 2007 - 4:35pm
9 years ago
26 replies
Al Selvin

Should closing a window save changes?

We have an application with a dialogue box that allows users to enter
text. Normally there is an OK and Cancel button, users click OK to
save and close the window, Cancel to close without saving. In Windows
(there are also Mac and Linux versions), currently closing the window
by clicking the X in upper right has the same behaviour as clicking
Cancel (closes without saving).

Is this proper? We've had a change request that clicking the X should
save the changes.

I also now wonder if we should prompt the user (e.g. "Close without
saving your changes?").

Many thanks,


14 Mar 2007 - 4:03pm
9 years ago
2 replies

Colors in different context


> Researchers have now found that red also can keep people from
> performing their best on tests.

Does someone have additional information about how colors affect our
activity in different contexts?

Thank you.

14 Mar 2007 - 3:20pm
Kim Goodwin

JOB: design communicator at Cooper, San Francisco CA

If you're the kind of person who helps others see more clearly, you
might be a design communicator.

What's a design communicator?

We invented the design communicator role years ago because we understood
that great product designs only succeed when they're clearly
communicated to the people who fund, build, and sell them. As it turns
out, having someone focused on clear and thorough communication also
means we have someone ensuring clear and thorough thinking throughout
the project.

14 Mar 2007 - 2:35pm
9 years ago
1 reply

Visual design internships out there?


My cousin is a junior in the San Jose State program in Graphics Design and
Digital media and is looking for an internship for the summer. Based on my
influence, he definitely thinks about interaction design issues as he does
his visual design work, but I would classify him as more of a visual
designer than an interaction designer based on his interests and coursework.

He's designed a bunch of websites for clients (he's had a web design biz on
the side for a while) and has been doing some cool coursework in Flash and
ActionScript --plus he's a great guy to work with in general.

14 Mar 2007 - 2:24pm
Kim Goodwin

JOB: visual interface designer at Cooper, San Francisco CA

Are you a world-class visual designer who believes that usability and
desirability go hand-in-hand?

What visual interface designers do
Cooper visual designers are responsible for balancing usability with
desirability-using color, style, type, icons, information design, and
visual hierarchy to clarify data, indicate relationships, hint at
behavior, and communicate about brand.

14 Mar 2007 - 2:21pm
Kim Goodwin

JOB: interaction designer at Cooper, San Francisco CA

Wanted: Compulsive problem-solvers with excellent visualization,
collaboration and communication skills.

What Cooper interaction designers do

Cooper interaction designers are responsible for leading the design of
product form and behavior.

14 Mar 2007 - 1:12pm
Elaine Garvey

JOB: User Experience Design Internship at SAP Labs, Palo Alto, CA (paid)

User Experience Design Internship at SAP Labs, Palo Alto, CA (paid)

Position: User Experience Design Intern
Group: Business Process Renovation Team
Location: Palo Alto, CA, USA

Position Description
The Business Process Renovation team (BPR) is a global innovation group
at SAP Labs. We focus on creating user delight through designing and
implementing solutions that meet and exceed real user needs and wants.
BPR reports to Henning Kagermann, CEO of SAP, and our projects are
sponsored by SAP's Executive Board.

14 Mar 2007 - 10:49am
9 years ago
1 reply
Christine Boese

Thumbnail calendars and philosophical waxing

Hi y'all!

Please forgive me if this topic has come up in the past, but I'm wondering
if the group has any ideas about the persistence of thumbnail calendars
(often appearing in interstitial rollovers, with dates as potential live
links) as a reappearing trope in interface design.

I'm trying to discuss this interface feature with a client at the
requirements stage, and I'm encountering resistance to the very idea,
particularly on the development side.

This strikes me as odd, especially since I've used the relatively simple
code myself on personal projects (we've seen this all over on blog

14 Mar 2007 - 3:13am
9 years ago
2 replies
Bruce Esrig

examples of choosing a set of fields

We're designing a form that offers the user two sets of fields. The user
can fill out one or the other.

The ultimate in flexibility would be to keep all the fields enabled until
the user completes one set and submits the form.

13 Mar 2007 - 9:19pm
9 years ago
1 reply
Katie Albers

More interactive jobs / less interactive talent ? [back to the ?]

Well, as you can already tell, this brings up a lot of
questions. But here's my take on some parts of it.

I come at this from the point of view of a User
Experience Designer with 12 years' experience (Yes, I
was designing user experiences back before imagemaps.
It was much simpler then) who's been working as a
contractor since '99. My educational background and
early work is usability centered, but over the years
I've moved from doing everything myself to a more
strategic oversight role all the aspects of user

1)Tell me where the job is.