Discussion Archive: August 2007

6 Aug 2007 - 8:38pm
9 years ago
1 reply
David Armano

Strategy, Synthesis + Design

Hi Everyone,

I recently penned a post that presents a very brief POV on what I feel is a need for individuals/teams who can "synthesize" research and create "outputs" which help frame design/creative ideation + solutions.

6 Aug 2007 - 7:07pm

Disdain for [insert stereotyped group here] by any other name...(was TechCrunch defends the life of the "user")

While I think historically, programmers in general followed a different path
than designers and pioneers in the field of human factors, the
generalizations below apply an equally biased, unrealistic view against one
group in favor of another. You provide Unix and IT Security as examples of
programmers' disdain for "users", yet those very examples are somewhat
isolated bastions where true usability and innovative design have yet to

In almost every other people-to-people facing system, programmers I have
worked with have a healthy regard for what their "users" want.

6 Aug 2007 - 6:44pm

interesting article : Why Usability is a path toFailure

I couldn't agree more. Most of my recent work is with intranet web
applications (e.g. travel booking, expenses, performance planning, portal
"gadgets" or "portlets").

6 Aug 2007 - 3:52pm
DiChiara, Christer

JOB: UI Designer/User Experience Lead - San Diego, CA - Proquo, Inc. - Full Time

UI Designer/ User Experience Lead

ProQuo is an exciting, early-stage Internet startup in San Diego funded
by a top-tier Silicon Valley venture capital firm. We are looking for
an extremely talented UI Designer to join our team. You will play a key
role in designing, building and managing our web-based consumer
applications and web sites. You will be responsible for creating
interactive design prototypes as well as conceptualizing, exploring, and
proposing new features, behaviors, and product enhancements.

6 Aug 2007 - 3:04pm
Dave Malouf

JOB: Sr. Interaction Designer - Motorola Enterprise Mobility - Holtsville, Long Island, NY & New York, NY

*Senior Interaction Designer*
Having access to the right information at the right moment makes all
the difference to a retailer monitoring inventory, a delivery person
tracking a package, and a nurse following a patient's progress.
Motorola Enterprise Mobility is looking for a senior interaction
designer to join our Innovation & Design team.

6 Aug 2007 - 9:35am
Maria Cordell

Atlanta needs a local IxDA group!

I think it's time to set up a local Atlanta IxDA group! That's
especially true since there's a lot of great work going on in Atlanta,
and the 2008 IxDA conference taking place in (relatively) nearby

We already have a related group[1] that started out with an IA
orientation, but it really covers a range of UX disciplines. Whether
you're interested in that, or you want to set up a separate IxDA
Atlanta group, speak out, and we'll see where interest takes us.

5 Aug 2007 - 5:06am
Jarod Tang

interesting article : Linux is Not Windows

From: http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm
I remember cooper says similar opinion in his famous book.

> Problem #5: The myth of "user-friendly"
> This is a big one. It's a very big term in the computing world,
> "user-friendly". It's even the name of a particularly good webcomic. But
> it's a bad term.
> The basic concept is good: That software be designed with the needs of the
> user in mind.

4 Aug 2007 - 12:46pm
9 years ago
14 replies
Jarod Tang

interesting article : Why Usability is a path to Failure

From: http://www.usabilitynews.com/news/article4069.asp

> So, why oh why do people in this day age still hold up "usability" as
> something laudable in product and service design? Praising usability is like
> giving me a gold star for remembering that I have to put each leg in a
> *different* place in my pants to put them on. (Admittedly, I *do* give my 2
> year old daughter a gold star for this but then she's 2.) Usability is not a
> strategy for design success.

3 Aug 2007 - 2:25pm
Jared M. Spool

Social Hour - San Francisco 8/6 5:30-7

[Apologies for any duplication]


I am visiting San Francisco, visiting with several clients and
enjoying the Bay Area with friends while my kids are away for the
summer. If you're in this area too, I'd love to meet with you. I'm
hosting an informal cocktail hour in San Francisco on Monday,
August 6, from 5:30-7:00.

3 Aug 2007 - 1:26pm
9 years ago
1 reply
Mark Schraad

[Iai-Members] Danah Boyd's response to the "social networks

This is exactly where the 'researcher as interpreter' gets a little troublesome in qualitative work and the positivist go wonky. When the perspective of the researcher is too far outside of the mainstream or what we often confuse with a 'position of objectivity' the validity of those findings will certainly suffer.