Discussion Archive: January 2009

22 Jan 2009 - 4:18am
Greg Petroff

Join us in 2 weeks at Interaction'09|vancouver: Registration is still open

It's getting exciting as we are getting ready for the final countdown to
the conference. I look forward to meet many of you in 2 weeks in

As we come down the stretch here are some final notes. WE STILL HAVE
ROOM for people to sign up for the conference and workshops. Airfare has
dropped significantly and the exchange rate from at least the US to
Canada is quite favorable. We are going to be about the same size as the
'08 conference so it will be an intimate experience where we can all
meet and interact with each other in great ways.

22 Jan 2009 - 3:06am

Calgary UX Event - User Experience Show-and-Tell - January 27, 2009

A cross-post to let everyone know about our first Calgary UX event of 2009.
Hope any Calgary-based folks on the list can make it out. Details below:

Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Networking: 5:30-:6:00pm
Event: 6:00-7:00pm

Calgary Public Library, Central Branch
616 MacLeod Trail SE
Meeting Room #1

To RSVP, visit our Facebook group at

There’s a lot of great user experience work going on in Alberta.

21 Jan 2009 - 6:46pm
Chicago IxDA4

[EVENT] Recap: Chicago January Event

Last week we had a nice full event and some exciting announcements about new
UX-related events in the works. Here's a recap!

THE TOPIC: *Campaign learnings of America for make benefit glorious movement
of progress*

Zack Exley and Josh Hendler of ThoughtWorks provided an introduction to the
topic, along with some of the context of the Obama campaign's overall
communication strategies.

21 Jan 2009 - 5:55pm
7 years ago
23 replies
Julian Orr

Living the Job >> Enterprise UX Research by Doing (vs. Observation)


Does anyone out there have the experience of actually performing a given job
(for at least a day or three, perhaps longer) as a means of really
researching context, tasks etc.? Specifically, I am thinking of an
enterprise context, where the user doesn't have choice in tools, workflow
and there are some highly developed skills (ie more than the basic web
skills of an e-commerce user). Also, I am contrasting this approach to
on-site observation, empathic modeling and user role playing.

For example, working in a call center as a first line telephone customer
care agent.

21 Jan 2009 - 4:55pm
7 years ago
2 replies
Judy Stern

business process analysis and interaction design?

We're on the verge of starting a new-ish project (some work done
already, but that's another issue).
The system is to be built using an SOA approach, which, it seems,
means that it will be be highly dependent on business process analysis
practices in order to define the Services. (In theory, there will be a
BPA and a UX person on the team...although we're both actually
interaction designers and will be covering both roles.)
Have you successfully integrated business process analysis practices
with interaction design practices?

21 Jan 2009 - 3:19pm
7 years ago
4 replies
Todd Warfel

Quick survey on 6 prototyping tools

Apologies for the cross post...

I'm wrapping up the final stages of my prototyping book and put
together a short (1 page) survey on 6 of the tools I'm covering. It
shouldn't take more than 5 minutes to answer and I'll be randomly
drawing one person to win a copy of the book.

All you have to do is head to http://tinyurl.com/8v6z6j and rate the 6
different tools against 13 characteristics.

Make sure you include your contact info at the bottom of the survey so
I can get a hold of you if you're selected.

21 Jan 2009 - 1:08pm
Wunderlich, Judith

JOB: User Experience-Interaction Designer; Chicago; Recruiter; Contract/Freelance

This is a 3 month, or longer, contract job, on-site in Chicago

As one of the designers on the User Experience team for this major
corporation with a very well-known brand, you will help define the online
shopper's user experience, including visual concepts and ideation,
presentation to stakeholders, and execution of the designs.


--At least 4 years of work experience
--You must be into social networking, Web 2.0 and be able to critically
evaluate these experiences in terms of brand and the future of the Web.
-- High degree of creativity, interaction design and problem solvin

21 Jan 2009 - 11:48am
7 years ago
7 replies
Martin Rayala

How to introduce experience design in high schools?

We have a group of K-12 teachers interested in introducing students to experience design. Do you have any recommendations on how to begin and what to include?


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21 Jan 2009 - 11:17am
7 years ago
15 replies
Mark Schraad

what do you aspire to?

There was a discussion recently that noted how much bad interaction design
exists in the world and that this org needs to do more to establish
competency. Slightly related... was an announcement that education is one of
the top priorities for the ixda in the coming months and years.
some quick positional takes (or working assumptions) on my part:

every product gets designed... relatively few things are designed well or by
professional designers

with millions of web and software developers working in the world... and
only thousands of IA's and IXd folks...

21 Jan 2009 - 10:43am
Brad Ty Nunnally

St. Louis IxDA Happy Hour - Jan. 26th

It's that time again for interaction designers, user experience
practitioners, and web developers to meet and share ideas. The first meeting
of the new year will be held at Bar Louie in the Central West End.