Discussion Archive: December 2008

31 Dec 2008 - 5:57pm
7 years ago
8 replies
Fred Beecher

Research Frameworks - Definition, Examples & Creation?

Hi all,
This idea of the "research framework" has really gotten stuck in my mind
since we began altering our process here at Evantage. But here's the
problem... I don't have a specific definition of what exactly this means. So
I've made one up:

Research Framework: A collection of things to ask & things to observe in
particular contexts, along with contextually appropriate techniques for
doing so.

31 Dec 2008 - 3:20pm
7 years ago
1 reply
Scott Berkun

Tog on Gestures will force the mouse intoretirement

I agree Jakub - but this sort of thing is so much fun and gets people easy
kudos for being iconoclasts and revolutionaries its irresistible. Happens
all the time. I've probably done it myself as have half the people on this

We can find much in the world to make the same rallying cry about. "The
wheel should die! It's time for mag-lev cars!" or "Light switches should
die! Their binary tyranny must be crushed by the freedom of dimmer knobs!".
Every few years someone cries about how criminal it is software *still* is
only 2D.

31 Dec 2008 - 12:15pm
Richard I. Anderson

interactions magazine, January+February 2009

Just published:
interactions magazine, January+February 2009

(Welcome) Interactions: Time for Some Change
Richard Anderson, Jon Kolko
Full article for free

Section: The Potential for Technology-Enabled Connections

Social Network Sites and Society: Current Trends and Future Possibilities
Nicole Ellison, Cliff Lampe, Charles Steinfield

90 Mobiles in 90 Days: A Celebration of Ideas for Mobile User Experience
Rachel Hinman

(Under Development) Kids, Education, and Cellular Handsets
Jakkaphan Tangkuampien


30 Dec 2008 - 4:57pm
7 years ago
2 replies
Damon Dimmick

IxDA Email Changes... speaking of confusing UI

Touch of irony here... I was just trying to update my email address for
this list....

So, this hole had probably been excavated before, but does anyone else
find the process of updating you email address on the IxDA website to be
terribly counter intuitive? No offense to the good people who actually
had to build the site, I'm not throwing darts at the work, but bringing
it up for discussion since I'm curious to know if maybe my experience
makes me an outlier.

If you have not tried it, here's a summary:

1. Sign in to the website (fine)

30 Dec 2008 - 3:37pm
7 years ago
5 replies

Profile picture for multiple social networks

Hi all,

This may be obvious to others, but it's not clear to me:

Is there a good enough reason why when I want to change my profile picture
for Google, Yahoo!, Skype, LinkedIn and all the other social networks I'm a
part of (i.e. IxDA :) ), I have to go to all these places and upload the new
picture, and I can't just upload one picture to one place of my choosing?

Thanks and Happy New Year!

Sergiu Sebastian Tauciuc

30 Dec 2008 - 3:07pm
7 years ago
4 replies
John Vaughan - ...

Default UI standards for phone keypads: Audiotex

There seem to be some default UI standards in terms of "dedicated" numeric
keypad functionality on most phone-based platforms, s.a:
"1" - Do it
"7" - Delete it
"9" - Save it
"*" - Up one level in hierarchy / Back
"#" - Confirm / Submit entry

Is there a central reference source for such conventions? How pervasive are
they (i.e. conformance by providers, international scene)? Is there an
actual industry "standard"? etc.


30 Dec 2008 - 11:39am
Boston IxDA

save the date; Cross Group Holiday Party - January 14th

Heyup folks, Winter getting to you yet?

The cross-group social is on the 14th at Boston Beer Works. near
Fenway/Kenmore. Map: http://tinyurl.com/8l9ohh
For those that didnt make it last year, the inaugural event was a bit of a

30 Dec 2008 - 11:06am
Gloria Petron

New York Times - City - Urban Studies - Revenge of the Nerds‏


Published: December 26, 2008

A ROBOTIC roller skate propels itself across the fifth floor of an old
sewing factory at 397 Bridge Street in Downtown Brooklyn.

30 Dec 2008 - 11:02am
7 years ago
2 replies
Tania Schlatter

using a blog to drive ecommerce (and/or customer engagement)

Hi all,

Any examples or stories about companies using a blog to drive sales of
products on the web? For example, Design Within Reach delivers emails
on request that include products and more - events, background
stories, etc., but they don't put this type of content into a blog
(that I know of).

Amazon.com now has a small link to a daily blog on the home page,
which, as it is from amazon.com, contains posts about a wide variety
of topics and products. This blog is integrated with the site. Any one
know if it helps drive sales?

30 Dec 2008 - 6:49am
7 years ago
13 replies

Tog on Gestures will force the mouse into retirement

@hannusalonen tweeted this article this morning which was in the Financial
Times. Including the article b/c it was behind an annoying
signup/registration process. http://tinyurl.com/9hmpj4

"The Tog: Mouse users are "little more than cavemen, running around pointing
at symbols and 'grunting' with each click".