Discussion Archive: August 2007

9 Aug 2007 - 9:30am
9 years ago
57 replies

Challenges to world class software design

As part of an executive presentation I've been asked to put together,

I am compiling a list of the "challenges" that design faces day to day
to help

execs understand and potentially support or initiate change.

I decided to post four that I continually run into to my blog

and would love to get comments/feedback/other challenges from those

interested on the IxDA list.


Russell Wilson

9 Aug 2007 - 9:03am
6 years ago
2 replies
Patrick Barrett

Chinese Pixel Font?


Can anyone suggest a good Chinese pixel font?

How about a good one that is also free?



Patrick V. Barrett
Sr. Interaction Designer
www.bazaarvoice.com <http://www.bazaarvoice.com/>
www.bazaarblog.com <http://www.bazaarblog.com/>

9 Aug 2007 - 1:52am
AmAn Sagar

Job Description: User Experience Designers - 2 Positions: 1 User Experience Designer & 1 Sr. User Experience Designer

Hello everyone :-)

Adobe is looking for full time User Experience Designers for our Noida &
Bangalore locations.

8 Aug 2007 - 6:46pm
9 years ago
15 replies
David Armano

The Black Art of Usability

One of my favorite whitepapers is The Essence of Effective Rich Internet Applications by Kevin Mullet of Macromedia (2003). It provides a nice POV relevant to UX, Design and IA related disciplines. One thing that always stuck with me was this portion of it:

“Usability has always been the most difficult quality to instill in software design. It sits at the
junction of form and function to constrain and inform the design of both aspects of the

8 Aug 2007 - 5:09pm
Kim Goodwin

Personas and Mental Models (was DDD conflictswith Cooper GDD)

Personas, by definition, are focused on a single problem domain--that
specificity is what makes them work. Whether they'd work in your
situation depends on what you mean by "general behavior and
preferences," and on what you're hoping to accomplish. For example, if
you're trying to design a new handheld device optimized for Web use,
then the personas that come out of your research would certainly
describe behavior across multiple sites and activities, from ordering a
book to reading the news to engaging in social activities.

8 Aug 2007 - 3:28pm
Aaron Louie

Seattle Monthly Meetup - August 9th (tomorrow!) - organized by ASIS&T PNW

Join us for some good company and geeky conversation this Thursday
(8/9) at the Elysian Pub in Capitol Hill!

What: Seattle Monthly Meet-up, organized by
the Pacific Northwest chapter of the
American Society for Information Science & Technology
Where: Elysian Pub, 1221 E.

8 Aug 2007 - 1:39pm
9 years ago
11 replies
Vishal Subraman...

ixDA get together at Adaptive Path UX Week (and DC local chapter)

Since many of us are going to be there, anyone interested in getting
together for a few drinks or something?
This would also be a great opportunity to kick up the DC local chapter which
has been dormant for a while. Any takers for that?


8 Aug 2007 - 10:35am
9 years ago
1 reply

NYC Get together before UX 2007

Hello Interaction Designers in NYC!

We are organizing a small get together in New York city for this Friday.

This Friday (08/10), 6:30PM

I will send you details when you email me to RSVP (lzheng at liquidnet.com) ¨C this means I¡¯m still trying to figure out venues.

Reason #1: Welcome the designers from Ergonmidesign (http://ergonomidesign.se/Default.aspx?ID=86 ) New Yorker style.

8 Aug 2007 - 10:33am
9 years ago
2 replies
jim muntone

Why do we insist on placing the logointhetopleft corner?

I think I'm on the fence with this... I totally get the brand experience
thing having done about 10 years of agency work before settling in to
the fun, exciting and dangerous world of news and paid search... ahem...

However, I think you can still do that but also adhere to conventions.
For example, having a young one of my own, I know kids who go crazy over
those Dragonology Books by Ernest Drake. And they, pretty much, are
loaded with things not typically found in your average book. Pop-ups,
inserts, music, sounds, just all the bells and whistles.

8 Aug 2007 - 10:12am
9 years ago
4 replies
Caroline Jarrett

Why do we insist on placing the logo inthetopleft corner?

Isn't the choice about where to put the logo also down to the branding
of the site?

Meaning: the whole brand as you want to portray it / enable users to
experience it through their interactions.

If being intriguing, perplexing, those type of words are part of the
brand: sure, then put the logo in an unusual place.

If you want people to feel "this is a familiar / comfortable", then
put things where users will find them the most easily.

Caroline Jarrett
caroline.jarrett at effort