Discussion Archive: August 2007

7 Aug 2007 - 2:56pm
Robert Reimann

Strategy, Synthesis Design

Yes, I agree personas and scenarios are "outputs" as you describe
them, and along with many other tools can be used to define strategy.

My only other point was that it needn't stop there...

7 Aug 2007 - 2:36pm
6 years ago
1 reply
David Armano

Strategy, Synthesis Design


Thanks for that perspective. I think you're eluding to some of the
sentiments I expressed%u2014that synthesis is not limited to strategy
(though it can be a part of it) and to your point%u2014yes things like
persona fall into the "output" category. Narratives which help move
people to action.

I think the artifacts are changing (beyond personas) and can include
multiple disciplines such as those found in strategy. But mostly
your thought helps validate my feeling that this is indeed synthesis.

Thanks again for your thoughts.

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7 Aug 2007 - 2:28pm
Morten Hjerde

More Apple gestures. Warning: post may contain the p-word!

Apple has applied for a patent of a gesture dictionary. This has spurred
some debate in the community. Can you patent a language? Is it good? Is it
evil? Etc. etc.

1) Gestures used for controlling machines via touch screens do not
constitute a language, linguistically. Gestures are simply a collection of

7 Aug 2007 - 11:36am

workflow, findability and knowledge management

I am working on a short-term project looking that requires a survey on how people at work find task-related information and documents, and how it fits into their overall work flow. Does anyone know of any good studies on this topic and any activity log/ questionnaires that have been well-constructed and tested. Thanks.

7 Aug 2007 - 11:22am
6 years ago
1 reply
Mark Schraad

interesting article : Why Usability is a path to

Hi Andrew,

I never got the impression that Todd was anti-usability.

Where I get a bit frustrated is in the general impression of usability. Much the business community has awakened to the importance of usability. They now understand that if you don't do the due diligence, you will likely pay for it in customer support or lost customer base. But the misunderstanding comes in thinking that if you cover basic usability issues you have done enough. I think this is short sighted. As interaction designer we need to be championing the entire experience and its potential benefits to business.

7 Aug 2007 - 10:45am
6 years ago
2 replies
jim muntone

Sitemaps and wireframes for Rich InternetApplications

>Can anyone point me to some good resources as I am working on pageless
>navigation RIA's and want to be inspired. Sitemaps, wireframes,

We do the storyboard thing here. Which I think is great for getting the
message across but also can be a ton of work. For example to show how
you add a photo in our newsletter builder (which takes about 2 seconds
in realtime) I have six pages of wireframes with maybe 3 diagrams on
each page... So you wind up with "default state" "first click" "second
click" etc...

7 Aug 2007 - 9:53am
Gustavo Gawry

Last days of early registration - Interact 2007

Hello IxDers!

Just reminding you about Interact 2007 that is going to take place in Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil.

Early registration deadline: *10-Aug-2007*

The conference program<>and
system <> are available.

Attendees from the United States and several other countries need a visa for
entering Brazil.

7 Aug 2007 - 9:46am
6 years ago
4 replies
Todd Warfel

Dwell on Design

I've always been interested in architecture and have recently become
interested in sustainable design. Dwell, a magazine I absolutely
love, is sponsoring a Design conference in San Fran Sept 14-16.
Anyone else thinking of going?



Todd Zaki Warfel
President, Design Researcher
Messagefirst | Designing Information.

7 Aug 2007 - 9:36am
6 years ago
1 reply
Catriona Lohan-...

Sitemaps and wireframes for Rich Internet Applications

Can anyone point me to some good resources as I am working on pageless
navigation RIA's and want to be inspired. Sitemaps, wireframes, prototyping,



6 Aug 2007 - 10:16pm
6 years ago
8 replies

product SUITE design - a twist

Great feedback (and validation on my own thinking) from everyone.
Many thanks.

Now a slight twist... assuming that navigation and basic controls are consistent
across the suite (to provide a cohesive feel),

what are some creative ways of *distinguishing* the products?

That is, if I am in one product, and I have contextual cross-product links,
how do I indicate to the user that they are now working in a different product?