Discussion Archive: April 2008

21 Apr 2008 - 2:35pm
Oleh Kovalchuke

For those, who are interested in interaction design schools in Europe.

Six 10 minutes long presentations at Innovationsforum (2007) from IxD
programs in Europe:

An introduction of the school, and one or two student projects from the

The presentation by the representative of Extreme Green Guerilla on mail
service via migrating animals (at 19 minutes) is totally rad (to use my
daughter's lingo).


Royal College of Art, London
Design Interactions

Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, London
MA Interactive Digital Media
MA Online Media

School of Arts & Communica

21 Apr 2008 - 2:24pm
7 years ago
3 replies
Brandon E.B. Ward

What to call 'Totals' header ...

I've got a datagrid (oh the humanity!) with lots of columns and rows. In some of the columns are cumulative numbers (e.g. 124 foos, 203 bars etc.) and in some columns are averages (1.5 avg. foo per bar, 30 avg.

21 Apr 2008 - 1:58pm
7 years ago
6 replies

What to call The User?

We prefer the terms "person" or "customer" when referring to people who use our software in general, but I'm wondering if anyone has suggestions for referring to them specifically?

For example, let's say you're offering two sets of information to customers, one set each for new and existing users.

21 Apr 2008 - 1:50pm
Boston IxDA

[EVENT] Reminder! Boston IxDA social: This Thursday, April 24, 7pm

Just a reminder to come join us this Thursday night in downtown Boston!!

IxDA Boston April Social

We're sure you've noticed: it's that time of year between snow storms.
Help shake off the cabin fever with some cold beer and good food at Boston
Beer Works

* When: *Thursday April 24th, 7pm (but feel free to come earlier too!)
* Where:* Boston Beer Works, 112 Canal St, Boston.
* Map:* http://tinyurl.com/6fvxgs

It's an opportunity to connect and network with

21 Apr 2008 - 9:08am
7 years ago
33 replies

Design Thinking

Has anyone else read this month's ID magazine article on Design Thinking?
Peter M @ Adaptive is quoted...

~ will

"Where you innovate, how you innovate,
and what you innovate are design problems"

Will Evans | User Experience Architect
tel +1.617.281.1281 || wkevans4 at gmail.com

21 Apr 2008 - 8:09am
7 years ago
2 replies

ISO: Research on interactive kiosks

Hey all,

I'm looking for any and all information on interactive kiosks I can
dig up: trade magazines, research papers, marketing surveys, best
practices, anecdotes, screen shots, whatever you can send my way.
Basically, I'm not having much luck doing Google searches on this
topic, and the only magazine devoted to kiosks seems to have folded
several years ago.

Thanks much.

-- Kim

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Kim Bieler Graphic Design
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21 Apr 2008 - 4:41am
7 years ago
2 replies
Nicolas Cohen

Navigation labeling in an industry shift


I'm working on a music website for music fans here in Argentina and
I'm having doubt labeling a navigation item.
Music records in my country are commonly known as "Discos" which means
Discs, in a direct reference to vinyl and CDs.
The issue is that now several groups are releasing their music in mp3,
only trhough a website, on cellphones, etc...
The website still reviews this releases, but i don't feel comfortable
keeping the old label.
The problem is that there is no agreed label for these.

The website is not very big, so audience from it will probably read
other web

21 Apr 2008 - 2:05am
7 years ago
1 reply
Manish Govind P...

Functional Testing Vs Usability Testing ?

Where unit tests deal with checking for coding errors
at class levels, functional testing is more from an
end users perspective. But the major difference
between a functional test and an usability test would
be the lack of design principles to evaluate for and
having the users perspective while designing the
functional testing criteria themselves.

20 Apr 2008 - 11:01pm
Shruti Ramiah

JOB: Student Intern, Mobile User Interfaces Research for Internet Era and AJAX Web Development

Posting on behalf :
I interned with them in 2007 and it was a great experience.

20 Apr 2008 - 6:44pm
Dan Zlotnikov

Form Validation Messages - How much is needed? [Off-topic:funny]

Matthew Loff wrote:
> *** naive developer: "the form already validated itself-- I should be able
> to trust its contents!"
> *** paranoid devleper: "what if they have javascript turned off, and their
> ZIP code happens to be 'DROP TABLE users' ... ?"

A webcomic to that effect: