Discussion Archive: December 2008

4 Dec 2008 - 11:16am
7 years ago
1 reply
Maggie Reilly

iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alterationof the Modern Mind

Wow Cindy--what a great question to pose: do our needs change our
thinking or does our thinking change our needs? I'm sure it works both
ways, but it seems that mindsets certainly trump--and prevent--clear
thinking. Cultures have tremendous influence over experience. Things
happen, events occur, we receive stimuli, then we label and interpret
the stimuli and place a value on it. How we interpret experience may not
be exclusively determined by culture, but culture is a great factor.

Must be plenty of research that grapples with this question, at least in
limited ways.

4 Dec 2008 - 10:01am
7 years ago
13 replies
Ali Naqvi

iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind

I have recently come across a book written by Gary Small called "iBrain:
Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind".
The book is about the technologies that have become part of our daily
lives are changing the way we think. According to a local newspaper the
book tells us that ggogle and youtube actually makes us dumber.

Key concepts of the book:
*The brain’s plasticity—its ability to change in response to stimuli from
the environment—is well known.

4 Dec 2008 - 12:51am
Theresa Singh

[JOB] Recruiter: VP/Director of User Experience (mobile devices/wireless)

UxStation is seeking a seasoned User Experience leader for the newly created position of VP/Director, User Experience at our client company, a world leader in wireless communications and mobile devices - we are seeking a senior candidate with proven experience leading teams, defining and driving process innovation and helping organizations develop and execute a user experience roadmap.
The ideal candidate is expected to provide world-class vision and guidance on user-centered design, usability, and user research to define and shape the next generation User Experience for future mobile devices,

3 Dec 2008 - 10:48pm
7 years ago
15 replies
Juan Ruiz

"Email to friend" a valid feature?

I've been seeing the popularity of the "Email to a friend", "Email Article", "Email page" (and many other names) feature on the internet. Personally, I never use this feature because I think that the company behind the website will store my email and my friend's email address, plus the email will contain advertising elements as well, so instead, I personally email the URL to my friend. But of course, I'm talking here on my own experience.

Does anybody have statistics that validate the inclusion of this feature? Do people really use this feature?

3 Dec 2008 - 7:57pm
7 years ago
1 reply
Alex ONeal

UX requirements for IT consumption?

We're considering a major site redesign, going beyond interface to changing
how things behave on the back end. Since good UX starts from the ground up,
I'm spending a lot of time pulling taxonomy needs, describing scenarios,
determining relationships between categories, etc. In the past when I did
this I had a much more hands-on role in developing the database
architecture, etc.

3 Dec 2008 - 4:05pm
7 years ago
1 reply
Melissa Sherman

what role does social media/ networks play in your research & collaboration activities?

(Trying again... differently. Thanks for the editing assitance, Steve!)

3 Dec 2008 - 3:15pm
Dave VanEsselstyn

[JOB] User Experience Designer / Product Designer - Brooklyn, NY - Wireless Generation - Full Time

*User Experience Designer / Product Designer *

About Us:

Wireless Generation is a pioneer in adapting technologies to support
improved teaching and learning in PreK-12 education. The company's mCLASS(R)
system helps educators to effectively differentiate instruction with
handheld computer-based formative assessments; Web-based reporting, data
analysis and instructional planning tools; and in-person professional

3 Dec 2008 - 1:10pm
Swati Shah

UX Designer Needed - Product Designer - Redmond, WA - MAQ Software - Swati Shah - 6 months Contract

*Talented UX Designer Needed*

We need a Product Designer to design user interfaces for web, software,
and/or hardware products. Write functionality design specifications. Design
and implement prototypes, mock ups, task analysis, usability studies,
personas, user flows, wireframes, style guides, navigational structures, and
affinity diagrams. Generate design ideas; presents and sells designs to
product group. Understand customer needs and motivations and integrates them
into product design to contribute to user features and functionality.

*Qualification and skills*


3 Dec 2008 - 12:55pm
7 years ago
4 replies
Melissa Sherman

getting feedback and improving collaboration

Are you using social media or
other online applications to gather feedback or collaboration with other
designers? What products work for you – and
how are they helping you get your work done?

Melissa Sherman
melisherman at yahoo.com

3 Dec 2008 - 11:15am
7 years ago
12 replies

Musical Keyboard-Performer Interaction

Dear friends, do you have any idea or recommendation to me about the
evolution of electric, electronic or digital musical keyboards? They evolved
from mechanical keyboard instruments such as piano, organ, cembalo or
clavichord; and started appearing in 1940s.