Discussion Archive: December 2007

18 Dec 2007 - 5:08pm
Vishal Subraman...

[Job] Sr. UI Designer, AOL (contract) | Washington D.C Metro

Please send your resume to tony.hyun (at) corp (dot) aol (dot) com.
Also, if you could, please include a cover letter telling me how
perfect you'd be for the position along with links to see some of your
work, that'd be great.

AOL Marketplace is looking for a Senior UI Designer that knows how to
design experiences for high traffic, mass audience sites.

18 Dec 2007 - 3:35pm
8 years ago
32 replies

When/Where/How did you decide to be a designer?

Brian Hoffman wrote in another thread: "While many of you have
followed a very straight career path into interaction design, I'm
probably not alone here in having come into this field along a more
winding path."

I think many of us took the long winding path actually. I was
wondering if we could hear some stories about those pivotal moments in
our careers where we changed from being 'X' in to Interaction

I fell off the engineering centric wagon in 1996 when I was writing
code for a chip that made the LEDs flash on the front of a 10/100
ethernet hub, i.e.

18 Dec 2007 - 11:35am
8 years ago
14 replies

Adding Depth to Skills


While many of you have followed a very straight career path into
interaction design, I'm probably not alone here in having come into this
field along a more winding path. Even now I'm in a position where I get
to wear several specialized hats and would like to add some depth to my
knowledge of those fields. Given that, what resources can any of you
recommend for the following fields?

18 Dec 2007 - 10:51am
8 years ago
4 replies
Fred Beecher

Usability testing resources for hardware products?

Hi all,
My company is currently working on a project in which usability testing of a
hardware device will be required. While we have deep experience with
usability testing for the Web, Web apps, and desktop apps, none of us have
much experience working with hardware devices.

Do any of you who have such experience have any recommendations about books
to read, Web sites to look at, or best practices you've discovered through
trial and error?

Thanks for any help,

17 Dec 2007 - 8:40pm
Ben Hunt

Book plug: "Save the Pixel - the Art of Simple Web Design"

Hi. I was one of the early members here, but haven't posted for a while.
I've been buried underground working on a few things, including my first
book, which I'd like to plug now.

It's called "Save the Pixel - the Art of Simple Web Design", and it's both a
manifesto for simplicity in web page design, and a how-to textbook to show
people how it's done.

17 Dec 2007 - 4:52pm
Kyle Pero Soucy

NH UPA January Meeting - Jared Spool: "What Makes a Design Seem Intuitive?" - Thursday, January 24, 2008, 6:00 PM

Please join us for the Inaugural NH UPA Meeting with speaker, Jared Spool!

For our first official UPA chapter meeting we will kick off the New Year
with special guest Jared Spool, an internationally renowned authority on
usability, to discuss what makes a design seem intuitive.

Thursday, January 24th
Refreshments & Networking: 6-7:00 PM – Food & beverages will be provided.
Meeting: 7:00 PM – 8ish

University of New Hampshire (UNH)
Kingsbury Hall, Room N101
33 College Road
Durham, NH

Campus Map: http://www.u

17 Dec 2007 - 2:12pm
8 years ago
70 replies
dawa riley

The mighty UX guru has spoken - Discuss!!

The latest from Jacob Nielsen's Alertbox

"AJAX, rich Internet UIs, mashups, communities, and user-generated content
often add more complexity than they're worth. They also divert design
resources and prove (once again) that what's hyped is rarely what's most
profitable." http://www.useit.com/alertbox/web-2.html

All hail the mighty one.

Perhaps Mr. Nielsen would rather we return the user to a clunky,
non-contextual, individual page refresh era.

17 Dec 2007 - 12:35pm
Srikanth Rao Ma...

Drop down list,

Hi All,
I would prefer the alphabetical order and let the user
type the first alphabet and the list displays making
the user selection easy, rather than the user
searching the whole list off countries....

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17 Dec 2007 - 9:46am
8 years ago
35 replies
Billy Cox

'Select Country' dropdown

In filling out various web forms, I have noticed two interaction standards
specifically related to dropdowns in which the user selects their country of

1 -- List is alphabetical (placing United States near the end of the list)

2 -- Most likely selection(s) at the top of the list, with remainder of list

Which one would you use and what would influence your decision?

Billy Cox
Old World Spices
billy at oldworldspices.com

16 Dec 2007 - 9:32pm
8 years ago
2 replies
Itamar Medeiros

IxDA Shanghai

Hello, there! My name is Itamar Medeiros, originally from Brazil, but
living in Shanghai for the last two-and-a-half years: I first came
here to start the User Interaction Design track at the Visual
Communication Undergraduate Program at Raffles Design Institute in