Discussion Archive: May 2008

20 May 2008 - 1:49pm
8 years ago
2 replies
Caroline Jarrett

getting into a master's program when youhavepoorundergraduate grades?

Hi all

Don't know if this would fly in the US, but here's a suggestion: try the Open University.

This is the UK's distance learning university. It consistently gets the highest ratings for student satisfaction of all UK
universities, and it also has a high reputation academically.

The point being: you can sign up for postgraduate courses if you have an undergraduate degree.

20 May 2008 - 1:48pm
8 years ago
9 replies
Fred Beecher

Netflix direct-to-TV streaming

Hey all...
I can't believe this hasn't come up on the list yet, but Netflix has
released a box that hooks up to your TV and streams Watch Instantly content
directly to it:


Does anyone have one of these things yet? The IxD looks great... there is
very little interaction with the device itself. All you do is hook it up.
Then you set up a special Watch Instantly queue and the device browses
through that.

But here's the great part...

20 May 2008 - 12:44pm
8 years ago
6 replies
Bob Sampson

Usage Of Print Friendly Functionality

Does anyone have a link to any good R&D on the usage of a "Print Friendly" link on a website.

20 May 2008 - 12:32pm
Natalie Buda

JOB: Director of User Experience at NavigationArts in Washington D.C. Metro

NavigationArts, a fast growing Washington D.C. metro Internet services
company, is seeking qualified candidates for the full-time position as
the Director of User Experience. NavigationArts provides professional
services to help clients solve complex business problems with Web
technologies including: Web sites, intranets, portals, and rich
Internet applications.

20 May 2008 - 10:37am

Can asking the computer the right question, be a positive step in understanding semantic representation and processing?

http://www.dusteddesign.com/blog /semantic -representation -and -processing
/ <http://www.dusteddesign.com/blog/semantic-representation-and-processing/>

In the blog article, I questioned whether we are asking the right question
in search engines and if not how can computer scientists and interaction
designers/web developers improve the user experience and address the issues
on searching for the right information online using natural language.


20 May 2008 - 10:29am
Pat Barford

getting into a master's program when you havepoorundergraduate grades?

Hi again Michael,

Mike Z makes some great points in his post and reminded me that in fact
I was accepted on a conditional basis. Mike also makes suggests getting
in touch with people in the department. Great idea. Get someone on your
side. They may not be able to get you in, but it always helps to have
an advocate and someone who can suggest possibilities for getting what
you want. It's true that schools and their staff want people who are
truly interested in what they offer. It is doable.

You story sounds very familiar.

20 May 2008 - 5:21am
8 years ago
15 replies
Steve Baty

Asking questions to participants in a positive or negative way ?


It's preferable to ask the question in a neutral way: "Consider your
experience with this product. Did you find it:
- very difficult
- difficult
- average
- easy
- very easy"

Alternatively, you could ask them to rate the usability from 0-5 or 0-10

Otherwise, you do indeed risk biasing the responses.

20 May 2008 - 2:36am
8 years ago
2 replies

shape libraries for axure

It's really sad, but there is no new widgets and libraries for
Axure... All widgets in Axure - It's a limit of programm.

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Posted from the new ixda.org

19 May 2008 - 11:09pm
Peter Merholz

Reminder: Queens of Content presentations in SF - May 20

[excuse the cross-posting]

Just a reminder that tomorrow Adaptive Path is hosting the Queens of
Content for a two-fer presentation at our offices at 363 Brannan.
Details here (and please use Upcoming to let us know if you're coming!)


We start with Kristina Halvorson, visiting from Minneapolis, talking

+ Content Strategy: The Mania, the Myth, the Method
Why do so many web site projects stall out or even implode when it's
time to go "find" the content?

19 May 2008 - 9:24pm
8 years ago
3 replies
Todd Moy

Users' ability to predict features they "need"

Hi all,

I'm looking for some information about users' ability to predict the
features that they need. In the past, I've heard the statement "people are
poor predictors of the features they need." I tend to agree with this
argument, especially since I encounter cases where clients feel they "need"
blogs, forums or whatever without first analyzing the goals of their users.

What I can't recall is if there are studies that support or refute this