Discussion Archive: March 2008

27 Mar 2008 - 12:21pm
6 years ago
5 replies
Jeff Axup

Use Case / Requirements Management Tools

Hi Everyone,

My company is currently looking into tools to manage use cases and

Since these terms can mean a wide variety of things I'll give an example of
how we're using them:

*Requirement:* The product should be secure and protect the safety and
privacy of the user.
*Use Case:* The user logs on to the system.
*Sub-use case/scenario:* The user has mistyped their password while logging
*Associated features: *Login screen, password security feedback, lost
password functionality, error feedback system.
*Associated users/actors: *Child, parent, administrator

We are developi

27 Mar 2008 - 10:15am
8 years ago
10 replies
zack Frazier

At what point does a mailing list become counter-productive?

Here goes ...

First, I admit that I am not an IA but rather a developer who believes
in creating a synergy with IAs and designers to help solve our common

That being said, this list has become unmanageable.

There are great discussions happening here but it is becoming
increasingly hard to find them amongst the job postings, event
announcements, feel-good off-topic questions, and especially the
numerous snarky replies. I mean there were 15 replies to the Nannybot
etiquette post ...

27 Mar 2008 - 10:03am
susie rust

[JOBS] onsite Freelance Information Architect: New York City: Rapp Collins: Contract or Temp to Perm

Rapp Collins Worldwide Is Leading the Way.

With a 40-year history in direct marketing, Rapp Collins combines unique
behavioral insights with dynamically rendered content to create
breakthrough communications that deliver valuable customers. We call it
"dynamic marketing," a term that reflects the changing nature of
communications today. Instead of the one-size-fits-all mass marketing
model of the 20th century, dynamic marketing recognizes that every
current and prospective customer is unique and experiences the brand in
different ways over time.

27 Mar 2008 - 9:22am
8 years ago
10 replies
Vishal Subraman...

What project management tool do you use?

I'm specifically looking for enterprise level, cross functional usage- feel
free to chime in even if thats not the case. I was surprised to find out
that many companies don't use one (in conversations with people, nothing
formal...any data would be appreciated)
My experience with them is limited to using Basecamp (does it scale well for
enterprise use?) for the Interactions 08 conference- which I thought worked
really well. We currently use a mishmash of email, a document storage tool
and a wiki, there is a lot of waste, redundancies and inconsistencies in the

27 Mar 2008 - 9:20am

Survey to research roles of UX/IxD/BA etc.

Hi all,

----Excuse me for crossposing-----

Please take about 15 minutes to complete a survey

It is used to learn more about the different roles of information
architects in the broadest sense (this includes user experience
consultants, interaction designers, business analysts and the like).
Results will be presented at the coming IA conference in a poster
presentation called 'Personas OF the Information Architect,
and communicated to participants that leave their email

Feel free to se

27 Mar 2008 - 8:57am
Kristin Vincent

blog recap on music to listen to while designing

A couple weeks back, someone on this list started a great post that got
many people chiming in about what music and online channels they listen
to while designing.

26 Mar 2008 - 8:48pm
8 years ago
1 reply
Tania Schlatter

sites with icon systems as visual focus?

Can anyone point to examples of web sites/applications that use only
graphic icons (no photography) and text/graphic type in the design?
Ideally I am looking for visually sophisticated sites that use icon
systems to label the content.



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Tania Schlatter, Principal
Nimble Partners, LLC
tania at nimblepartners.com

26 Mar 2008 - 6:01pm
Robert Hoekman, Jr.

PLUG: Designing the Moment—available soon

The new book will be available very soon, and you can preorder it via all
the usual online booksellers.


-Robert Hoekman, Jr.-
CEO / Principal Experience Designer
Miskeeto, LLC — www.miskeeto.com

26 Mar 2008 - 5:33pm
8 years ago
36 replies
Calvin Park 박상빈

Fighting trolls

Whenever there's a forum, there are three kinds of trolls:
1. automated spambots selling viagra
2. abusers(page wideners, goatse, etc)
3. n00bs who won't search for answers first

#1 is solved by captchas

#2 is solved by not allowing html tags and breaking down long words

For #3... How do we force new users to search for answers before
creating a duplicate thread on issues that has been addressed already?
In many forums, new members are not allowed to post for x amount of

26 Mar 2008 - 4:30pm
8 years ago
3 replies
Uday Gajendar

Why beauty matters to IxD (a blog compilation)

Awhile back a question was put to the ixda list: does aesthetics/
beauty matter to IxD?

I've finally compiled on my blog some key thoughts on this, which date
back to 2001 while writing my graduate thesis at CMU about beauty as
an experiential value of user-product interactions (and iterated in
various papers/talks I've given at IDSA, IA Summit, and most recently
last fall's World Design Congress in SF).

I hope ixda readers find this compilation thought-provoking and

Introductory post: