Discussion Archive: April 2008

15 Apr 2008 - 2:34pm

[Event] April NYC IA Meetup *tomorrow* (April 16)

Just a quick reminder that the next NYC IA Meetup is happening
tomorrow, Wed. 4/16, starting at 7pm.

If you're in the New York City area, regardless of if you're a veteran
or new to information architecture, stop by our monthly cocktail hour
at the Vig Bar in SoHo for informal discussion and to make new

Details at http://ia.meetup.com/14/calendar/7566227/

Hope to see you there!

- Anders
NYC IA Meetup Organizer

15 Apr 2008 - 1:52pm
6 years ago
4 replies
Don Habas

Designing an Captivating Online Quiz

I'd like to get some feedback on designing online quizzes. Here's my scenario.

The quiz will have about 10-15 questions to test the users' knowledge on retirement, mostly retirement savings and income. All questions are multiple choice. For each correct answer, there's further explanation.

I'm looking for some thoughts on how to make it an engaging experience.

15 Apr 2008 - 1:44pm

Bruce Sterling - User Centric Advances and A Futurist Talks about Interaction Design

This link was posted on the IA list by Mark, but I wanted the group to check
it out - he explicitly mentions issues of interaction design and ambiant
findability, spimes... interesting talk. For those who have seen Peter
Morville's talk at the IA Summit, he also talks a bit about findability of
'things" as gives and example.

"Video showing Bruce Sterling giving the closing talk at the conference
'Innovationsforum Interaktionsdesign'. As usual, he creates a weird and
wonderful vision of a technological and interface-driven future.

15 Apr 2008 - 1:17pm
6 years ago
2 replies
Pawson, Mark

Examples of complex checkbox treeviews

We have a thick desktop app that uses a checkbox treeview to show data
layers that are available to display in a separate window. However,
although Checkboxes look nice and consistent in this display they are
the wrong control to use in some cases. A checkbox implies that more
than one data layer can be chosen, however some data layers are mutually
exclusive, others are not. On first pass it struck me that either the
checkboxes should only appear next to those data layers that are
inclusive and disappear when a mutually exclusive one is chosen.

15 Apr 2008 - 12:35pm
6 years ago
4 replies
Pawson, Mark

Can Visio generate UI documentation

Does Visio 2003 have the ability to generate UI Spec docs and HTML pages
the way Axure can. The company that I just joined has created very
detailed UI specs in Visio but are frustrated at how to explain intent
in these docs to widely dispersed Dev teams. Presently they have used
the comment feature. I showed them Axure and the question came up if
Visio has something similar. I am not familiar enough with Visio 2003 to
say no, although I suspect if it can, its not easy.

15 Apr 2008 - 12:11pm
6 years ago
4 replies
Dave Malouf

Portfolio Review Opportunity for Interaction Designers in London

Are there other schools in London that teach IxD than Royal College of Art?

I'm interested b/c I'm going to be in London the week of the 5th and I'm
interested in meeting with soon to be graduates and doing portfolio reviews
with them if they are interested in working in the states for Motorola
Enterprise Mobility (motorola.com/enterprise).

Shoot me a message offline if you got info for me.
*Please do not send me resumes or portfolios.*

-- dave

15 Apr 2008 - 11:55am
6 years ago
1 reply

OT: Peel P50 microcar

Not IxD-related. Just fun:


-- Kim

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15 Apr 2008 - 10:08am
6 years ago
14 replies
Janna DeVylder

"Acceptable" download/performance time on flash sites?

Hi all,

I'm currently working on a flash-heavy 'experiential' site, where the flash
is mostly concentrated in areas of light information and entertainment
rather than utility/functional sections.
For some sections, there is some loading that needs to happen before a
motion sequence/transition into a section begins.
The question keeps coming up about how long people are willing to wait for
something to load.

14 Apr 2008 - 12:51pm
6 years ago
11 replies
Oleh Kovalchuke

Language metaphor for UE disciplines

This metaphor came up at our last IxDA Colorado meetup (which was quite
lively, by the way).

"IA deals with nouns, IxD -- verbs, Visual Design -- adjectives."

This is rough division, of course.

Oleh Kovalchuke
Interaction Design is design of time

14 Apr 2008 - 10:20am
Ellen Beldner

Job Posting: UE Designer / Information Architect at Silicon Valley startup

Chai Labs (www.chailabs.com) is an early stage stealth consumer
Internet startup started by folks from MIT, Stanford, Google and
Cisco. We are backed by top Venture Capitalists and angel investors
(including Marc Andreessen [co-founder of Netscape] and Reid Hoffman
[co-founder of LinkedIn], and are based in downtown Mountain View, an
easy walk from Caltrain. We are solving meaningful problems and
creating products that will be used by millions of users worldwide.

We are looking for a strong UE Designer to play a key role in design
and development of our product offerings.