Discussion Archive: July 2007

8 Jul 2007 - 3:32pm

Certification was hourly rates, price and value


> now if I said i needed to hire an "industrial designer" your boss
> would probably understand immediately what that person will be doing.
> If I fit in "interaction designer" I bet many of us would not have
> that same instant recognition.

You would think so, given the longer existence of the profession, but it is
just as elusive; to some, "industrial designer" means "form giver", while to
others, it means "problem solver" (and to me, it means "interaction
designer", which just confounds

7 Jul 2007 - 10:34pm
9 years ago
4 replies

2007 IA Summit Redux in New York City, July 19th

(Apologies for duplicate postings)

Couldn't make it to the IA Summit in Las Vegas? Can't wait for next
year's Summit in Miami?

Join us on Thursday, July 19th in New York City for a Redux of the
2007 IA Summit. Presenters from the Summit who live in the NYC area
will be gathering at the Avenue A | Razorfish offices in Midtown
Manhattan to provide recaps and highlights of their talks.

6 Jul 2007 - 4:13pm
Petteri Hiisilä

Opera desktop team reveals browser usage findings

These may interest some people.

Originally found from http://www.osnews.com/story.php/18219/Opera-

The article: http://my.opera.com/desktopteam/blog/2007/07/06/reality-

"Back in January we added the ability to report usage of different
features and preferences so we could learn more about how the browser
is used in general.

6 Jul 2007 - 1:07pm
9 years ago
2 replies

a design transition

Hi there...I'm brand new to this list and looking for some advice on how to
move from the field of visual design into interaction design. I've been
working as an interface/interactive/web designer for over ten years, but now
find myself drawn more to interaction design and usability.

6 Jul 2007 - 12:50pm
Daniel J. Wilson

iPhone punctuation typing tip

> Imagine how excruciating it is to type, for example, “a P.O. Box in
> the U.S.A.”! That’s 34 finger taps and 10 mode changes!
> And therefore imagine how thrilled I was to receive an email from
> reader Andrew McCallum, containing a method of typing a period or a
> comma with only a SINGLE finger gesture.


Daniel J.

6 Jul 2007 - 12:47pm
9 years ago
1 reply
Kyle Pero

NH UX July Meetiing - Thursday, July 19, 2007

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

Please join us for the NH UX July Meeting!

Thursday, July 19th
Refreshments & Networking: 6-6:30pm – Food and beverages will be provided.
Meeting: 6:30pm – 8ish

AK's Bar & Bistro (2nd floor)
111 State Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Street Map: http://tinyurl.com/2edxky
Parking Map: http://tinyurl.com/ytsuz8 (street parking is also available)


What Would It Mean to Become a UPA Chapter
Your survey re

6 Jul 2007 - 11:27am

How useful is this - HFI-Certified UsabilityAnalyst?

I direct several seasoned UCD practitioners, none of whom are HFI-certified.
Elsewhere in my company, another UCD group focuses on specific types of
apps, and they are almost all HFI-certified.

The biggest difference I have seen in comparing their work to ours is
consistency in deliverables, methods and terminology (theirs, not ours =]).
As far as end results (are things more usable after engagements?), we both
perform about the same (see reasons below).

Aside from the cost of certification, I haven't seen any big negatives to

6 Jul 2007 - 9:12am
9 years ago
4 replies
Phillip Hunter

Uses of Wireframes (was: Contract Rates going at$150 - $250/hr ??)

Sorry to be unclear. I meant Ajax doesn't get used for devices or speech
interaction design. How do you use wire frames for device design?

6 Jul 2007 - 9:12am
9 years ago
53 replies
Mark Schraad

hourly rates, price and value

The recent discussion about hourly rates for contracting interaction design struck me an extremely limited take on 'how much we make'. In fact, it really made me want to scream rather than comment. But here oes...

First - the definition of what an interaction designer is and does far from simple. Varying backgrounds, educations and the tasks at hand contribute to what we as single source of labor are worth. Anything from strategy, architecture, research, task analysis, process flows, wireframes, graphic design, coding and documentation can fall into this job title.

6 Jul 2007 - 9:10am

EA's Family Play control system for the Wii

I saw this article this morning. It's an interesting concept - making games
easier for novice users by changing the control method as opposed to making
the difficulty level easier. I think it's a great idea for multi-person play
and it's in line with Nintendo's family friendly positioning. I wonder if it
can handle my button-mashing style.


Josh Viney
EastMedia Group