Discussion Archive: November 2007

29 Nov 2007 - 4:56pm
Adam Korman

JOB: Interaction Designer, LA area, Ripple, Full Time

*** If you're interested, please don't reply to this address, instead
email me here: adam[at]rippletv.com ***

Position: Interaction Designer (full-time, mid or senior level)
Company: Ripple (www.rippletv.com)
Location: El Segundo, CA (Los Angeles area)

*** Description ***

Ripple is looking for a full-time mid- or senior-level Interaction
Designer. You will design web-based applications that help people to
buy time on our networks, give access to our partners to manage their
networks, and enable Ripple employees to effectively run our entire
advertising and content system.

29 Nov 2007 - 2:55pm
Pierre Roberge

Examples where personas are *not* useful (encore)

Robert said:

All I have to do is imagine a person to create a persona? And if it's a
real person, it's not a persona? What if I imagine a cartoon character?
What do you call that? If a tree falls in a forest and hits a mime, does
anyone care?

To continue beating a dead horse.

Maybe there is a language issue here. I meant to use the word imagining
to mean making something up in your mind not only visualizing something

To me, characters in a movie, in a novel, in a cartoon or in a comic
book are all personas.

29 Nov 2007 - 10:18am
8 years ago
13 replies
Chris Maissan -...

Verifying a user is human

I am in the process of designing a support forum for a software product. The
goal is to make it as easy as possible to ask a question. Ideally I'd like
to do away with the need to login all together, but it also needs to be Spam

I've looked a little into the CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing
Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart) method, better known as the
"distorted text method", but questions have been raised about both its
accessibility and effectiveness.

There is the option of sending an activation email.

29 Nov 2007 - 9:29am
8 years ago
9 replies

Books on IxDA and RIAs?

I'm looking for a good discussion on how the technologies that get
generally lumped under the "Web 2.0" label (which I hate, but never
mind) affect good established Web interaction design practices.

I don't need someone telling me what Ajax is, or what the value of
including customers as participants is - I get all that. What I'm
looking for is concrete discussion of how I should (re)think
workflows, user goal achievement, and design patterns when I have a
technology like AJAX available to me.

Any suggestions?


28 Nov 2007 - 11:43pm

Spokeo invites?

Does anyone have any Spokeo invites? I'd like to check it out...

28 Nov 2007 - 10:23pm
8 years ago
21 replies
Robert Hoekman, Jr.

Some form fun, to lighten the mood

This one cracks me up.


Choose Yes for all the three radio button options, then check each of the
checkboxes that appear as a result. (No need to type anything.) Have fun!

-Robert Hoekman, Jr.-
CEO / Principal Experience Designer
Miskeeto, LLC — www.miskeeto.com

28 Nov 2007 - 9:39pm
8 years ago
4 replies
Matt Nish-Lapidus

design patterns for list sorting and filtering


I'm working on a project where users will have potentially large lists
of items, sometimes personal collections, sometimes search results.
Each item in the list will have a number of fields, but not always
displayed in discreet columns, some of the data will be merged into
sentence form and some in shared columns.

I want users to be able to sort and filter the lists and I'm looking
for some good example of complex sort and filter interfaces. eBay was
a good starting point, but I'd like a few other examples.

Does anybody have any good live examples?

28 Nov 2007 - 8:38pm
8 years ago
10 replies

UI Architect vs. Business Manager

Hi all,

I was doing some thinking after work today and I thought I'd post a
question. A few months ago I moved to the strategy user experience area of
my company after being in the user experience area that dealt mostly with
executing and expanding upon strategy. Despite doing some of the
"traditional" roles of an UI Architect type (this is the name of the role
where I work) such as maintaining the site structure, brainstorming
strategies etc... I've also been assigned to represent the business on some

28 Nov 2007 - 6:54pm
Susan Johnson

# JOB # Senior Usability Engineer # Boston, MA # CSC Consulting # Full Time"

I have recently joined the iXDA list distribution and appreciate the
intensity of UX discussion exhibited in message postings. I am hoping
to add people to my group that share our passion for UX design and

28 Nov 2007 - 6:36pm
8 years ago
2 replies
Oleh Kovalchuke

persona is a tool to "feel the pain" of the activity

What is the goal of persona creation?

To a large extent it's a framing tool. Persona creation is a tool to "feel
the pain" of the activity, to empathize with the users. The research, which
goes into creation of personas does not contradict, and actually may
complement the activity centered design process.

Creation of personas are not necessary (or "useful"), when
*everyone*involved in the design already feels the pain of the
activity for which the
product is designed.