Discussion Archive: August 2008

15 Aug 2008 - 3:16pm
8 years ago
15 replies

ING sues PNC over alleged similarities of Web sites

Interesting enough it has to do a bit with the user interface on the
PNC Virtual Wallet site:

"The site features several orange balls used to highlight products and
services PNC offers. ING alleges that PNC's use of the orange balls
could confuse customers who associate the orange balls with ING."

More info on the Post-Gazette site:

G. Jason Head
Web Developer
University Marketing Communications
University of Pittsburgh

15 Aug 2008 - 9:33am
8 years ago
9 replies

MS Office Fluent user interface

Happy Friday everyone,

I'm working on an interface for a new product and considering using the MS
fluent user interface as a model instead of your basic menus. I've been
googling it this morning and there's actually a surprising lack of UX
writing on the subject - or I am simply not finding it.

I don't want to use something without having a good understanding of it
first. I did read this from MS


Which is a fine overview but doesn't quite get too deep.

14 Aug 2008 - 8:48pm
Jeff Axup

Job: User Experience (UX) Design Engineer - San Diego, CA - Websense

*Title: User Experience (UX) Design Engineer*

Do you have a passion for making complex pieces of technology easier to use?
Do you think that good design is a product of research and testing
activities with a target audience? If this is you, come join our UX team and
work to improve a suite of world-class security products and help improve
the experience of millions of users.

Websense, Inc.

14 Aug 2008 - 7:52pm
8 years ago
26 replies
Michael B. Moore

Basic time tracking and invoicing for a solo consultant

I'm neck-deep in looking at various options for doing basic time tracking
and invoicing just for me, not a whole agency. I've wasted a ton of time on
this and figured I'd tap the collective wisdom here.
Up until about a year ago I used a pretty simple timer on my Treo and an
Excel spreadsheet for the invoices.

14 Aug 2008 - 3:21pm
8 years ago
1 reply
Chicago IxDA4

[Event - Recap] Chicago Happy Hour - August

Last night was a great, low-key happy hour event in Chicago! A big thank you
to Chris Bernard at Microsoft for sponsoring the drinks, which were much
appreciated by the folks who attended. It was also interesting to see the
showcased work for the Olympics, Hard Rock cafe, and several other sites
shared by Chicago's interaction designers - truly inspirational.

Here's a recap of some of the announcements of the evening, followed by job
postings gathered from the RSVPs.

14 Aug 2008 - 11:42am
8 years ago
6 replies

Why Google and SEO Sucks - Findability

Ever enter a search term into google and then wonder how/why a certain
result is ranked first?

Enter the term mensch into google.

14 Aug 2008 - 9:51am
8 years ago
1 reply
Michael Micheletti

ISO 20282: Ease of Use of Everyday Products

I followed links this morning to learn a bit more about a newly released ISO
standard for usability: ISO 20282. I haven't read the standard itself yet
(stuff to do), just the brief commentaries.

14 Aug 2008 - 9:31am
8 years ago
2 replies
Catriona Lohan-...

this is very cool on brit airways...

Offset carbon footprint for flying... how many of us would actually add this to the cost of a ticket?

14 Aug 2008 - 5:02am
8 years ago
2 replies
Daniel Williams

Interactive prototyping / wireframing

Ok, so I know this topic has come up before, but I would really like advice
from the community on what tools they are using to create interactive
prototypes and wireframes.

I have always used something like Visio, OmniGraffle, Illustrator, Indesign
type tools to create static wireframe specifications, but I am really keen
to start creating interactive documents/prototypes to demonstrate

I have started researching tools to do this including:

Thermo (when it gets released)

I would love to hear from anyone using such tools during the design phase,

14 Aug 2008 - 1:48am

Understanding ‘User Needs’ a Mobile Social Network can satisfy

I've written about my take on 'User Needs' a mobile social network can satisfy


Would love to get your feedback on how on/off-track I am and things
that I might have missed or overlooked


Sachendra Yadav