Discussion Archive: February 2008

27 Feb 2008 - 11:26am
Billy Cox

Re. IxDA in flyover territory?

I have to confess that my resume is that of a software engineer, but I am
the IT department in my current assignment, so I have to be conversant with
more fields than the average code monkey at a large company. I also find
IxDA (or whatever the proper term is) interesting since it's more closely
related to my educational background than writing code and monkeying around
with databases.

I enjoy reading this list. Usability is one of those specialties that I
could see myself possible transitioning to at some point in the future.

27 Feb 2008 - 10:58am
8 years ago
7 replies
Michael Micheletti

Career tips for a high-schooler

List friends,

A high-school sophomore with an interest in a software design career will be
job-shadowing me Friday as part of a career day assignment. Any tips I
should pass along about education or breaking into the business would be
welcomed. I'm especially curious to hear from designers or design students
on this list who are just now starting out about what is working (or not)
for you. Thank you on behalf of my visitor,

Michael Micheletti

27 Feb 2008 - 10:41am
8 years ago
3 replies
John Gibbard

Calendar IA

I've just pulled together the design for a calendar 'page' on an extranet
I'm working on. It is designed to show forthcoming and historical events but
also needs to show competitions.

Take a look at the page as it

Now, competitions can have a start and closing date.

27 Feb 2008 - 9:17am
8 years ago
6 replies
Billy Cox

IxDA in flyover territory?

I'm curious as to whether people doing interaction design live in places
other than Chicago or the coasts? Is this profession like music or theatre,
in which living in flyover territory is a career-limiting factor.

Billy Cox
Old World Spices
billy at oldworldspices.com

27 Feb 2008 - 7:42am
Paul Reijnierse

Curriculum changes for Interaction Design program

Hello everyone, I am a graduate student Interaction Design at the
Utrecht School for the Arts in The Netherlands. Today I've been asked to
attend a seminar on the way the pre-graduate curriculum for Interaction
Design should evolve in the coming years. Currently the curriculum is
mainly focused on a practical form of Interaction Design and design of
multimedia in particular. The last years the theoretical approach has
been scaled down dramatically, for example a course into Cognitive
Psychology has been pulled from the curriculum.

27 Feb 2008 - 1:15am
8 years ago
13 replies
Jim Leftwich

IxDA Announces New Board of Directors for 2008-2009

The Interaction Design Association (IxDA) is proud to announce its
leadership team for 2008-2009. Upon the completion of three Board
Members’ two-year terms and the retirement of two other Board Members
earlier in 2007, five individuals from our growing community have been
selected to join IxDA’s Board of Directors.

The five new IxDA Board Members are:

- Nasir Barday, User Experience Designer, FactSet Research Systems,
Inc., New York, NY
- Bill DeRouchey, Sr.

27 Feb 2008 - 12:59am
8 years ago
1 reply
Chicago IxDA4

[EVENT] Chicago IxDA - KIOSK, Designing for Self-Service in a Touch Economy - March 12, 2008

Greetings, fellow Chicagoans (and anyone who happens to be passing through
I am happy to announce our sixth local gathering (is this our half-year
anniversary? I'll stop being a sap.) If you haven't been able to attend,
you should... Every month a different topic is presented, and we open up the
conversation for all to participate. The success of these events is easily
attributed not only to the gracious hosts who open their doors each month to
host and lead, but also to all of you for bringing your perspective and

26 Feb 2008 - 5:49pm
8 years ago
2 replies
San Francisco IxDA

[EVENT] Reminder: IxDA-SF presents Indi Young "Mental Models", Thursday Feb 28, 6:30pm

Hello friends-

IxDA-SF is very excited to be presenting Indi Young's book launch
party! Indi will be discussing her book: "Mental Models - Aligning
Design Strategy with Human Behavior". www.rosenfeldmedia.com/books/

Please join us and feel free to pass on to others!

Mental Models: Sparking Creativity Through Empathy

Anybody can tell you when they're in love, but can they map out the
behavior that leads to this sought-after state?

26 Feb 2008 - 4:01pm
Wendy Fischer

New MacBooks incorporate iphone touch technology

Has Apple found the magic Touch?

Posted by
Tom Krazit


Apple is betting that the iPhone's breakthrough in the way we interact with mobile phones will transfer over to notebooks.

The new MacBook Pros and MacBooks introduced Tuesday aren't all that much different from the ones that were on sale yesterday. Sure, they've got Intel's new Penryn chips, and more potent configurations, but for the most part, it's the same laptop.

26 Feb 2008 - 3:52pm
8 years ago
4 replies
George Schneiderman

Offtopic: What music do you listen to while you

I CAN'T listen to vocal music while I'm concentrating on something else. Well, cooking maybe. But not thought work. I occasionally listen to instrumental music of various sorts, but mostly I go back to (relative) silence.