Discussion Archive: July 2008

6 Jul 2008 - 5:37pm
8 years ago
2 replies

Let's compare books

hi discuss,

I'd like to connect with you on Goodreads so we can share book recommendations.


- Helen
(4thmedium at gmail.com)

To opt-out of future invites to Goodreads please follow this link:

6 Jul 2008 - 2:57pm
8 years ago
34 replies
Robert Hoekman, Jr.

Should persuasion be left to marketers?

Purely philosophical question:

I've been studying social psychology a lot lately, and have become
incredibly interested in the persuasiveness of sites and applications—how to
make them more persuasive, what makes them so now, etc. But it makes me

Should the persuasive elements of a site design be left to marketers?
Assuming you work for a company who has a marketing department and a UX team
that are separate from each other, how much should the UX team be involved
in the design of persuasive elements?


6 Jul 2008 - 7:38am
8 years ago
1 reply
Jarod Tang

quite good introduction on activity theory

Hi Guys,

There's a good introduction of activity theory,

texts from this article
As an alternative theory, the conceptual framework of Activity theory
is a good way of providing the means of analyzing the actions and
interactions with artifacts within a historical and cultural context –
an approach which was lacking in the existing cognitive theories.

5 Jul 2008 - 11:32am
8 years ago
1 reply

UCD Broken? I say "NO"

Maybe I should read the complete history of the thread first, but I
don't think the idea is dead, broken, or flawed. To me, UCD just
means letting user input (i.e., info received in form of a stated
requirement or request, as well as info gleaned from observations and
interviews) *INFORM* the process... not dictate specifics.

A good product manager (web producer, or whatever title he/she is
under) will have the skills and vision to guide execution in a way
that renders the best possible product.

4 Jul 2008 - 12:24pm
Meredith Noble

[EVENT] IxDA Toronto Meeting: Thursday July 17, 7pm

Announcing the next IxDA Toronto event!

Nick Farnell, a recent grad from Humber's Industrial Design program, has
kindly offered to present at our upcoming July meeting.


Centre for Social Innovation
215 Spadina Ave, Suite 120
Thursday July 17th, 7pm

Topic: The Industrial Design Process, Plus Introductory Sketching

Nick will be talking about the typical industrial design process and
(bonus!) will also give us some introductory sketching tips.

4 Jul 2008 - 7:44am
Muthu Online

DCamp Bangalore 2.0

UPA Bangalore <http://www.upabangalore.org> presents *DCamp Bangalore 2.0*,
the second edition of the wildly popular DCamp design unconference series.

DCamp is an unconference focused broadly on design and user experience.

4 Jul 2008 - 3:48am
8 years ago
5 replies
Jens Meiert

Compared to What?

Feeling free to blatantly point to my own take on "Compared to What?,"
<http://meiert.com/en/blog/20080703/compared-to-what/>. I understand
this concept's root in information design, but worry about the
supposed fact that not only many "designs", but rather news sources
fail in answering that question.

4 Jul 2008 - 1:11am
8 years ago
3 replies
Jeremy Yuille

Anyone attending the IOForum conference in NYC on the 15th?

HI all,
A month or so ago I noticed the Information Overload Research Group
announced their formation..

3 Jul 2008 - 1:50pm
8 years ago
3 replies
Thomas Petersen

IxDA Discussion Is UCD Really Broken?

Id say yes UCD is broken and have always been.

Personally I close to hate everything about that approach.

The reason why it's broken is manifold, but primarily the problem is
that most people who are proponents of it is either managers who are
trying to find a way to secure their position against upper management
(well we did ask the users) and that very few have any idea of how to
translate the findings from a bunch of people into something useful.

I always found it laughable when so called usability experts did
usability studies.

3 Jul 2008 - 1:18pm
8 years ago
5 replies
Scott Berkun

Error Messages (Was: Hiding and Disabling MenuItems)

Yes - I'd go even further and blame development tools. Here's a theory:

1. The design of development tools is indifferent to the making of good UI.
2. Programmers are efficient (or lazy :)


3. Programmers will tend to make bad UI... until development tools make it
almost as easy to make good UI as it is to make lazy UI.

A development tool that makes it easy to follow basic UI guidelines is 20
times more valuable than any book on UI design.