Discussion Archive: February 2009

25 Feb 2009 - 4:24pm
7 years ago
8 replies
Bas Hoppe

Looking for examples of Gui\'s for persons who never seen/used a computer. For example the GUI of the one laptop per child project

Hi All,

I've been ask to think about a GUI concept for users who have never
seen a computer before.

For the time being and inspiration I look for examples. Things like
the GUI of the "one laptop per child" project:

The things i sort of decided on, are:

- using a touch screen for direct interaction. Non direct interaction
using keyboard or mouse will steepen the learning curve.

- using color coded sections and working a lot with the concept of
spatial recognitition.

25 Feb 2009 - 3:54pm
7 years ago
5 replies
oliver green

Initial engagement: question

Hi All,

Frequently, various departments from my firm will ask me to "fix"
their UI. They show me what they have implemented and what they can do
to improve it. This is a new experience for me. What questions should
I be asking in these initial engagement? what should I be wary of?


25 Feb 2009 - 3:17pm

Multiple Shipping Addresses

> Does anyone have any best practices links and statistics for
> multiple shipping addresses involving the same order?




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25 Feb 2009 - 1:33pm
7 years ago
15 replies
Pietro Desiato

A list of mobile situations

Hi all, since we're all interested in the design for mobile, I thought it
would be interesting to have a list of situations, common activities and
contexts that could related to the mobile design. The list would help us to
reflect upon mobile and would be truly INSPIRATIONAL for all the designers.
Sometimes, in fact, we don't reflect on what are the contexts in which our
users are going to interact.

25 Feb 2009 - 12:59pm
7 years ago
4 replies
Chris Paul

Why are there no

When I did my MFA in design at Yale, I did freelance work to help with the bills, etc. I will say, for my personality and way of working, keeping a foot in the "working world" during grad school was critical. It provided an essential perspective school didn't and an outlet to explore what I was learning and experiencing to real client/customer challenges. In this way, it dramatically enhanced my education.

25 Feb 2009 - 12:20pm
7 years ago
11 replies
Phil Chung

Why are there no "Executive MFA / IxD" programs? (response to RPI online HCI program phase out)

Interesting, I didn't know online HCI grad programs even existed.

On a related note, I do wish that a premier design school (e.g. RISD, Art Center, SVA, New School, CMU) would step up and address the need for online / part-time IxD "executive MFA" program for practitioners, along the executive MBA model with a mix of online learning and on campus sessions. Forgive me if I've overlooked an existing program, but it seems (just based on this discussion list) that there is a significant demand for this option, particularly with the current economic pressures.

25 Feb 2009 - 12:17pm
7 years ago
3 replies
Nikhil paul

Concept evaluation - itsme workstation

Hi everyone,

A few days back i introduced a new project "ITSME" : a new
workstation for the knowledge worker based on the concept of Stories
and Venues (find details here http://www.itsme.it/about-us/).

Up till now we have defined the ID Model, released explorations of
Interaction Paradigms and Preliminary GUI, to achieve a detailed
design of itsme visual interface.

25 Feb 2009 - 10:16am
6 years ago
15 replies

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25 Feb 2009 - 1:12am
7 years ago
18 replies

Do you work from a home office?

Hi All,

I wanted to get a pulse on how you feel about designers who work a
good amount of their time from a home office. I've noticed that most
companies prefer 9-5 onsite employees. The reasoning that most often
comes up is that it's "corporate culture" and better for communication.

However, I've never been able to get comfortable with being creative
in a cubicle... More, I've found that my ability to communicate is run
by email and phone most of the time whether I'm onsite or not.

24 Feb 2009 - 9:36pm
7 years ago
1 reply
oliver green

Portfolios for "User Researchers"

Hi All,

I am looking for sample portfolios of "User Researchers" not purely
design focused.
Any pointers?