Discussion Archive: May 2007

21 May 2007 - 8:01am
Kyle Pero

NH UX Gathering! - Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 6:30 PM

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

Come out and join other UX professionals in the Seacoast NH, Southern NH,
and Southern ME regions for drinks and networking!

This will be an excellent opportunity to meet fellow usability
professionals, information architects, interaction designers, and other
professionals that fall under the User Experience umbrella to share
experiences and learn about job openings in the area.

This is the first of many networking events we expect to have in this area.
Our goal is to foster the growth of the local UX community and,

21 May 2007 - 4:59am
9 years ago
12 replies
Björn Simonson

"web 2.0" prototyping


I'm curious as to how members of this list prototype "web 2.0" sites. How to make a prototype for user testing short of actually making a functioning site?

I currently work with Axure RP (on web 1.0 sites) and feel that it might not be the best tool for the job, but I can't think of anything better at the moment either.


Björn Simonson

20 May 2007 - 10:29pm
9 years ago
1 reply
Forrest Maready

Learning how to Sketch (Tips)

Hi Alexander-
Here are a few tips I wish someone would have told me early on (keep in
mind I come from an animation background). DISCLAIMER- These are my
suggestions- they don't always work for everything.

1. One thing that can make a drawing more aesthetically pleasing is the
line quality.
2. Nice lines are not drawn slowly- they are drawn fast.
3. Learn to find the arcs in what you're drawing. Don't be afraid to
rotate the paper (even upside down) so you can draw that arc naturally
from about 70% elbow | 30% wrist.
4. If you need to draw a line, make a start dot and an end dot.

20 May 2007 - 6:40pm
9 years ago
4 replies
frank gruger

Learning how to sketch

Hello Alexander,

I'm sure the list with perk up with some of the standard classics, but this
is one I've stumbled across recently and have been buying up spare copies
for friends whenever I come across it:

Visual Notes for Architects and Designers By Norman Crowe, Paul Laseau


A former colleague of mine found it in the "leave a book/take book" pile in
the basement of her co-op.

20 May 2007 - 6:09pm
9 years ago
3 replies
W. Reid Cornwel...


Louise Ferguson <louise.ferguson at gmail.com> wrote:

"Reid Cornwell has recently 'infected' another list"

The above quote was taken from another listserv.

20 May 2007 - 4:00pm
9 years ago
12 replies
Alexander Baxevanis

Learning how to sketch?

Dear all,

I was wondering if anyone can offer some some suggestions on improving
sketching skills.

I'm mostly interested in using sketching for (1) illustrating physical
concepts (e.g. the form factor of a device) and (2) drawing
short-scenarios illustrating use of a product/service etc.

I'm currently comfortable at sketching basic block
diagrams/wireframes, i.e. mostly boxes & arrows.

Would appreciate any suggestions for websites, books, or your
experience with following any short courses in this area.

Thanks in advance,


18 May 2007 - 8:33pm

Standards development for industry applications (by yesterday :-)

Liz - Layout standards (beyond appearance and widget style guides) are
difficult to develop since so much depends on the particulars of each
individual application. Two areas that pay handsome rewards for
standardizing are nomenclature (terms appearing in the user interface)
and icons. This is particularly important when you want to have a
unique brand identity and to maximize transfer of learning from one
application to another.

18 May 2007 - 6:22pm
9 years ago
7 replies
Dave Malouf

Microsoft Pays $6B for Online Ad Company

I'd love to hear people's thoughts, especially from the fishies among
us about this deal.
I was speaking w/ a microsofty today about this and he is convinced
this is the new beginning of advertising. My take on it was more
personal. Razorfish has been a major organ (can't quite say it is the
heart) of the NYC/Silicon Alley UX scene for close to 10 years if not
10 years. It is hard to imagine that this organization is falling under
the umbrella of Microsoft. Will it still maintain it's brand? And
worse, will it still keep its NYC edge and connections?

18 May 2007 - 5:41pm
9 years ago
1 reply
Pawson, Mark

Standards development for industry applications(by yesterday :-)

I'll second Dmitry on this.

I am a one man UI team in an international company with Web and Thick
Desktop apps. Ghosts of UI teams past had written hundred page spec docs
for just the desktop app which I know few developers have read. In
response to this I and my mgmt agreed that it would not be good value
for me to repeat the mistakes of the past. Instead I wrote a highlevel
guide [16 pages - I was trying to keep it to five ;)] that referenced
the Windows Vista Guidelines for those who want details.

18 May 2007 - 4:15pm
Peter Boersma

Anyone coming to Amsterdam for UX Intensive?


I assume you know about Adaptive Path's UX Intensive offering by now, and the fact that they'll be coming to Amsterdam in June (if not, check out: http://www.adaptivepath.com/events/2007/jun/).

Since I live here, I wanted to let you know you have an "interaction-designer friend" in Amsterdam who might be able to help you find/review a place to eat, drink, or sleep.