Discussion Archive: January 2008

31 Jan 2008 - 11:10am
8 years ago
20 replies
Murli Nagasundaram

Social app popularity begins to decline

Social apps are far more complex than single-user apps. I wonder to what
extent a lack of social psych research input into the design of these apps
-- the most popular ones having been designed by college undergrads -- is
causing their popularity to plateau? To me, this suggests a discontinuity
similar to the one that occurred when command line interfaces were displaced
by GUIs. Every GUI out there can trace its origins to the the
multi-disclipinary, thoroughly grounded research conducted at Xerox PARC. I
think it's possible to go only so far by the seat of one's pants.

31 Jan 2008 - 11:06am
richard_dalton ...

IA Summit 2008 Program available and registration OPEN

The new IA Summit site is up and running (www.iasummit.org) - the full
program of pre-con and main conference sessions is available and
registration is OPEN.

My thanks go to Donna Maurer for the Movable Type coding and construction
of the site, Jody Ferry for the visual design, Rob Szatkowski for CSS
coding and Gina Puzo, Priyanka Kakar and Rob Weening for content loading
and editing.



31 Jan 2008 - 6:21am

More Design Thinking & Strategic Design

*Another Blog Posting on Design Thinking & Management from Fast Company. *

"Is the Design Revolution Here? Can Designers get to the top of a publicly
traded company?

In the past months I've read several articles and blogs about the
possibility that Jonathan Ive, SVP of Industrial Design at Apple, could
succeed Steve Jobs as CEO. As far as I can tell this is only a rumor, but it
prompts the questions: Is corporate America ready for the design revolution?
Can designers be CEOs?

30 Jan 2008 - 9:16pm
8 years ago
5 replies
John Vaughan - ...

Wii Would Like to Play... Minority Report

Just got this in off the wire from a longtime colleague:

"A penny and a couple of vodka seltzers for your thoughts.


30 Jan 2008 - 7:23pm
Dave Malouf

Ground transportation @ Interaction08

I just posted a blog entry on the conference site about ground


-- dave

David Malouf

30 Jan 2008 - 5:36pm
Don Ostergard

JOB, Sr. Interaction Designer, San Diego CA, Full Time

Mitchell International, Inc. is the leading provider of enterprise data,
software and eBusiness solutions for the automotive insurance, collision
repair, medical claims and glass replacement industries. With over 800
employees, Mitchell provides enterprise software solutions and services
to the automotive repair and property and casualty industries. Mitchell
has been providing automotive information and high technology to these
industries since 1946 and is the preferred solutions provider to over
100,000 customers in the United States and Canada with over 137 product

30 Jan 2008 - 3:20pm
8 years ago
5 replies
Alvin Woon

encourage the use of real name

As with any social networking applications, the quality of a given social
graph heavily depends on whether your users are using their real name in
their profile. Certain features such as 'people search' won't even be usable
if users don't use real name when signing up.

So the question is how do you encourage user to use their real name instead
of their nickname. We can't really prevent a user from signing up using a
fake/nickname and there's really no way to tell anyway.

30 Jan 2008 - 7:44am
8 years ago
27 replies
Etkin Ciftci

Continuous Scroll

As supported in the Sympony Open-Source PHP Web Framework, "Ajax Pagination"
allows the client browser to load the content gradually as the user scrolls
down to the bottom of the web page. Once the vertical scrollbar reaches the
bottom it triggers a new page to load. Unlike its common use in separate
frames(i.e. the inbox of Hotmail Live), ajax pagination(weird name) attaches
a new full page to the end of the current one.

30 Jan 2008 - 12:25am
8 years ago
7 replies
Jeff Howard

Slanty Design

Slanty design describes solutions that purposely reduce aspects of
functionality or usability. It's employed when the system must
address wider goals than the user might have, when, say, they wish to
do something that in the grander scheme of things is less than

29 Jan 2008 - 5:58pm
8 years ago
6 replies
Alexander Baxevanis

Pen Tablet recommendations sought

Hi Miranda,

just bought the "Bamboo" as a Christmas gift for a friend. He is very
good at sketching in pen and papers, and judging from the designs he's
now making, it shouldn't take more than a couple of weeks for somebody
to familiarise themselves with such an input method. The tablet driver
controls the standard mouse pointer, so you can control any app
through the tablet. All serious graphic design apps are also able to
get the "pressure" information for the tablet (i.e.