Discussion Archive: June 2007

25 Jun 2007 - 3:43pm
6 years ago
7 replies

example of design standards guide?

Does anyone have an example of a design standards guide they could share or
point to? Even a template would be fine.

Many thanks,


25 Jun 2007 - 3:11pm
6 years ago
4 replies
Jonathan Arnowitz

New Book on Prototyping Now Available

I just wanted to let everyone now that Michael Arent, Nevin Berger and I
wrote a book on the practice of effective prototyping, it is published by
Morgan-Kaufman (Elsevier) and is currently available at both physical and
online bookstores.

Our book is written in three parts. The first part covers the Effective
Prototyping process.

25 Jun 2007 - 11:55am
6 years ago
1 reply

Documentation for a database driven site


What types of documentation should I prepare on our website to orient a new
web developer? Could anyone refer me to templates or descriptions of best

We have a large ecommerce site powered by a database and additional
informational pages about the company. As a small company we only have a few
people involved with the site and have little formal documentation in place.


25 Jun 2007 - 11:54am
6 years ago
12 replies

Mental Models vs/with Personas

I'm struggling a bit with the practical advantage of mental models vs.
personas. I've been doing some reading on MM (and there doesn't seem to be
many good articles, found a handful) and there is quite a difference of
opinion on their effectiveness, their creation and their benefit within an

What strikes me as that in the end, both MM and personas seem to offer very
similar outputs.

25 Jun 2007 - 10:38am
6 years ago
4 replies
Grady Kelly

Font Sizes in Web applications ...

Hello everyone ...

I am curious to know what other designers use in regards to fonts in their
web applications. For the longest time I have used Verdana 10pt. I have
read articles about how Verdana is larger than other fonts at the same font
size, etc, but is that reason enough to use it?

My questions then are:

1. What fonts do you use in your applications? (type and size)
2. What lead you to use those particular fonts? (studies, research,
3. Does it even matter? Obviously it would not be cool to have your entire
application in Comic Sans, but in general, are fonts an issue?

25 Jun 2007 - 9:02am
6 years ago
1 reply

One sheeter help with persona [updated]

Got some wonderful feedback on this. It's been extremely hard to pare down
so much good information into 2 short paragraphs, it's really impossible to
say much unless I moved to a legal size page, which I don't want to do at
this point. I tried to keep the relevance to the immediate development team
and exclude the greater organization as a whole. Possibly there is one short
sentence I could use to indicate how the whole organization could use them
without being specific... but I haven't been able to think of one.

24 Jun 2007 - 10:23pm
Dave Malouf

Reminder: NYC IxDA Event this Tues - Victor Lombardi - "Getting your Designs Built"

Hey folks,

Here is the link to the original announcement made about this event.


Tuesday, June 26th @ 6:30pm (location upon RSVP)

Victor Lombard (bio in Link) will be speaking about
"Getting your design built"

(The link has RSVP information included.)

David Malouf

23 Jun 2007 - 7:31pm
6 years ago
1 reply
Christian Crumlish

[iai-members] Karl Fast Joins the Information Architecture and Knowledge Management Faculty at Kent State University

congratulatons, Karl!

On 6/23/07, Thomas J. Froehlich <tfroehli at kent.edu> wrote:
> Karl V. Fast has accepted a position of Assistant Professor in the
> Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (IAKM) program at
> Kent State University (http://iakm.kent.edu). He will begin his
> teaching and research at the Kent campus Fall 2007.

23 Jun 2007 - 6:51pm
Elizabeth Whitworth

Call for book chapters - Socio-Technical Design and Social Networking Systems


Anyone on this list with a head full of ideas who is interested in writing a
book chapter? The 'Handbook of Research on Socio-Technical Design and Social
Networking Systems' is looking for authors. You can find the call for
chapters here: http://www.brianwhitworth.com/sts/ (my father is one of the

The title talks about research, but a big focus of the book is the
combination of theory and practice.

23 Jun 2007 - 5:59pm
6 years ago
24 replies
Dave Cortright

I am not just a designer; I am a problem solver

One concept I've been kicking around for a while is a broader definition of
"design". A mentor and colleague of mine—Phil Haine over at Obvious
Design—has been working a similar idea that he calls the design pyramid. The
basic premise is that there are multiple stages of creating a new product
that includes information gathering, problem definition, and refinement, and
that these steps are required before you even get to design. Each of those
stages benefits heavily from having "design thinking" (for lack of a better
term) applied.