Discussion Archive: February 2008

27 Feb 2008 - 8:26pm
Dan Saffer

Sneak Preview of Interactive Gestures Book

Interested in designing touchscreens, Wii-like gestural interfaces,
and interactive environments?

In advance of my Tap is the New Click presentation at ETech next week
(which will be repeated at WebVisions and probably elsewhere
throughout the year)


O'Reilly has graciously allowed

27 Feb 2008 - 5:37pm
8 years ago
39 replies
Shaun Bergmann

Power icon

A discussion came up at the office today that got me wondering.
Do any of you know the history of the 'Power' Icon? You know the one: The
circle with the vertical bar pointing up and overlapping the top edge of the

This icon was being incorporated into an interface and the argument was made
that "not everybody is going to know what that icon means"

That's totally possible. If anything stands out as a good example of the
statement that there are no intuitive interfaces -- all interfaces are
learned -- it's this icon.

27 Feb 2008 - 5:06pm
Allen Chen

JOB User Experience Designer - SF Bay Area (San Ramon, CA) - Accela, Inc. (full time)

The User Experience Designer will be involved in all aspects of
front-end product development working closely with the Product
Management team to develop and enforce interaction and style standards
across the entire Accela software suite. This is an excellent
opportunity for those interested in making a major impact at a rapidly
growing company.

27 Feb 2008 - 3:49pm
8 years ago
1 reply
oliver green

*non-web* analytics

Hi All,

I came across great resources for web analytics. But what if my
application is not web based? What tools/metrics can I use for
analyzing desktop/mobile apps?


27 Feb 2008 - 2:54pm
8 years ago
21 replies
Josh Evnin

Nokia Morph & Nanotechnology

I was watching the Nokia Morph
Concept<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IX-gTobCJHs>video this
afternoon, and it got me thinking on a
tangent. Perhaps it's only because there was only one character in the
video, but I
am having a hard time seeing how this sort of tool would benefit human
interaction...the kinds we all potentially will design.

I guess my broad question is, in your opinions, how will Nanotechnology
impact Interaction Design?

27 Feb 2008 - 2:36pm
8 years ago
15 replies
Rob Nero

iPhones on Campus

Just found this article on AppleInsider:

Apple holds big plans for 'iPhone University' on college campuses:

You can follow a link from the article to this page:

Interesting video on the 2nd link, showing how an "average&q

27 Feb 2008 - 2:28pm
Natalie Buda

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27 Feb 2008 - 12:59pm
6 years ago
12 replies
Mark Schraad

Undergraduate Interaction degree

A couple of thoughts on this topic...
A few years ago I was doing research in the retail pharma industry. At that
time the standard degree for a pharmacist changed from 5 years to 6 years.
The effect was that the demand for pharmacist went through the roof (partly
due to a year with no new graduates), and the market value of a pharmacist
went through the roof... and has pretty much stayed there.

If there was a 4 year degree for IX, would it have the opposite effect in
our industry? The masters graduates from CMU and IIT are in very high demand
- even before graduation.

27 Feb 2008 - 12:08pm
Joe Lanman

Heft and depth of content (was Portfolios)

> Do you find a danger, without a walk-thru, that the person you want to see
> the portfolio doesn't get to the full depth of what you have to show?
> I see this as almost an inherent problem with interactive navigation and
> the
> limitation of the screen boundaries to be able to convey what sort of
> material is behind any given screen

Firstly, I think this is an excellent point.

27 Feb 2008 - 11:27am
8 years ago
2 replies
Anna Ma

row selection and interaction in a table or list

Has anyone read or discussed about design patterns for selecting and/or
interact a record row in a table or list? I'm working on a project that
a user needs to interact with single record (edit/view and delete) in a
table most of the time. However once we get into the discussion of
interaction consistency, it gets more complicated. I would like to know
if anyone has done any research in this area.

We can generally categorize the interaction into 3 types:

Case 1: A user needs to manipulate each record/row one at a time. The
action is limited to one thing (two at most) only.