Discussion Archive: December 2008

25 Dec 2008 - 10:34am
6 years ago
24 replies

"People are Used to it"

This phrase has become the mantra of amature interaction designers and of the electronic product industry in general. It is the road block in the way of new and better ways to control our systems. It even prevents logical enhancements to our otherwise well-designed products.

Take the new philips HDTVs. At least the one I have has put a lot of thought into their remote and UI. To set the colors it shows you a bunch of photos in split screen and asks you which looks best. It has a minimal amount of buttons on the remote.

24 Dec 2008 - 9:31am
majid dadgar

e-Cities and, Product Design and Development?


Considering Virtual/e-Cities structures, characteristics, definitions and
life-style, how design processes and development phases and strategies ,
Design Methods, Thinking and Philosophies, Concept of Product Design would
be redefined and influenced? esp.

23 Dec 2008 - 4:32pm
Wunderlich, Judith

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23 Dec 2008 - 3:49pm
6 years ago
3 replies

How to Prototype a Game in Under 7 Days

This article of Game Design & Rapid prototyping is worth a read,
especially around the topic of inspiring creativity & ideation.


3. Development: Nobody Knows How You Made it, and Nobody Cares

Nobody Cares About Your Great Engineering

Again, it's worth noting that a great engineer does not necessarily
make a great prototyper. "Correct" or "reusable" solutions are often
not what we look for in quick throwaway code.

23 Dec 2008 - 3:21pm
Loren Baxter

Spinner Control Usability

Hi all,

I've heard of studies that show spinner controls, especially in their
default browser rendering, have relatively poor usability. I've never
actually seen one of these studies, and can't seem to find any. Does anyone
have any references they can share that discuss this issue?



23 Dec 2008 - 2:07pm
6 years ago
8 replies
Joe Sokohl

Interactin designers in China?

Wondering what the state of IxD/UX as an expertise or community is in
China...mature? Nascent? Nonexistent? I do know that there is a fast-
growing acceptance of WPF as a development environment/platform, with
its implications for interaction design. I'm just wondering though how
much of the UX is created by developers as opposed to by IxDs.

It would be helpful to know.

23 Dec 2008 - 6:19am
6 years ago
15 replies
John Gibbard

Mobile (Cellphone) Activated Streetlamps

This piece from BBC News [1] demonstrates how the residents of Doerentrup
can activate the street lighting via mobile phone. This requires them to
call a specific number and then use an access code to switch a specific
lighting array for the street they want lit-up. Given that this is targeted
at older people who may well have memory issues, it seems peculiar to force
them to remember a (series of) 6-digit access code(s).

22 Dec 2008 - 9:43pm
6 years ago
11 replies
Dave Malouf

What's your favorite memory of Interaction 08?

Hi gang,

I've been thinking a lot about Interaction 09 | Vancouver of late, but every
time I do, I get sucked into the worm hole that is the exhilarating memories
I have of Interaction 08 | Savannah.

Whether it was Bill Buxton's keynote, the amazing food, the gathering of
amazing people, I'm always drawn to one memory that is mine and that memory
gets me even more psyched to try and top it in 2009 @ Interaction 09.

Imagine, just after Alan Cooper gives his opening keynote, a small group of
interaction designers are huddled around Alan, but standing next to him is
Bill Buxton, and then comes

22 Dec 2008 - 12:15pm
6 years ago
11 replies
Elise Edson

Neat use of Tufte's sparklines: Airline pet incidents

Hi IxDAers... just thought I'd share this neat example of sparklines!
I was looking for pet travel information across the various airlines,
and I was surprised/delighted to see this:


How have you integrated sparklines into your designs?


22 Dec 2008 - 9:42am
6 years ago
13 replies

Soliciting opinions on voice recognition software for general computer interfaces

I'm interested in finding out if anyone has recent data or evaluations
of voice recognition software for general interaction purposes with
desktop/laptop computers (not specifically voice UIs to stand-along
apps and not voice-only UI such as telephony).

I'm interested in data on both absolute recognition success and
anything on general user satisfaction with using the software. The
obvious application here is for people who cannot use keyboard/mouse
either due to disability or because hands are occupied with other

Pointers and feedback greatly appreciated. Thanks,