Discussion Archive: January 2008

24 Jan 2008 - 10:47pm
8 years ago
10 replies
Luis de la Orde...

Differnce between user interface and interactio design?

User interface designer is what we used to call our web designers, the guys
that put together the HTML, mostly the ones who dare to have a little bit of
an opinion and hate to be called Web Developers because most recruiters
think you do ASP.NET.

The story says UI designer delivers the interface, the IxD plans it,
sometimes in this very order :).

24 Jan 2008 - 8:43pm
8 years ago
3 replies
Chauncey Wilson

Wired article on "Why Things Suck"

The February issue of Wired has an article called Why Things Suck that
mixes sarcasm and hyperbole with some sound observations about the
design of things from software like Evite to medical records to
gridlock on urban highways (a nice little exposition on queing theory
and the effect of braking on traffic flow) to air travel and why
security checks in Atlanta are 3 to 7 times longer than LAX to
whiteboards that "never really erase".

24 Jan 2008 - 8:17pm
Marian Burdsall

JOB - Product Designer - Ottawa and KIngston Canada - Open Text Corporation - Full Time

Open Text is the world's largest independent provider of Enterprise
Content Management software. The company's solutions manage information
for all types of business, compliance and industry requirements in the
world's largest companies, government agencies and professional service
firms. Open Text supports approximately 46,000 customers and millions of
users in 114 countries and 12 languages.

24 Jan 2008 - 7:06pm
8 years ago
57 replies
Demers, Scott

Differnce between user interface and interaction design?

Hi, Folks -

Just curious how some of you would differentiate an interaction designer
from a user interface designer? Apologies if it's been discussed to
death before. Looked quickly on the discussion archive and didn't see


Scott DeMers

24 Jan 2008 - 7:04pm
8 years ago
1 reply

How long a delay?

I'm working on a medical device that provides critical therapy to a patient.
We have a keypad that is used to control the device, and on the keypad is a
power button. We are sensitive to accidental actuations of the power button,
which would turn the device off, potentially terminating therapy. We
implemented a three-second delay on the button to avoid accidentally turning
the device off, but the delay is seen as a real annoyance by users.

24 Jan 2008 - 4:43pm
8 years ago
3 replies
Jennifer Vignone

for type enthusiasts


Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which is celebrating its 50th birthday this year) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. Helvetica is currently screening at film festivals, museums, design conferences, and cinemas worldwide, and is now available on DVD. Get more info about the film...

24 Jan 2008 - 4:24pm
8 years ago
2 replies

Tufte Discusses iPhone

Has anyone else seen, watched this presentation - Tufte on the iPhone?
Interface design and the iPhone

The iPhone platform elegantly solves the design problem of small screens by
intensifying the information resolution of each displayed page.

24 Jan 2008 - 2:53pm

product configuration and scalability

I am neck deep in a project that has two goals.

1. to re-design an existing web based reporting / management application so
that it is more intuitive and better adheres to the users¹ mental model
(it¹s currently as intuitive as a DOS prompt...)

24 Jan 2008 - 11:15am
gretchen anderson

Correlation between product usability and stockprice?

This research from the Design Council in 2005 is interesting:


"Businesses which use design perform better than their rivals. There's
unmistakeable proof of that in our Value of Design Factfinder, a unique
online information tool (previously published as Design in Britain)."

24 Jan 2008 - 6:51am
Catriona Macaulay

New Masters in Design Ethnography Launched

New Masters in Design Ethnography Launched

The Schools of Computing and Design at the University of Dundee (UK)
have joined forces to launch the first professional level masters
programme in Design Ethnography and User Research. Demand for user
researchers and design ethnographers is growing steadily in the US
and Europe, and new markets such as India and Japan are opening up.