Discussion Archive: March 2009

31 Mar 2009 - 5:06pm

Four questions every UI designer and usability professional should be thinking about...

All of these questions are obvious and yet we still don't have consensus or
standardized solutions for them...


Russell Wilson
Vice President of Product Design, NetQoS
Blog: http://www.dexodesign.com

31 Mar 2009 - 4:55pm
7 years ago
7 replies
Eugene Kim

What does the number 0 imply?

I'm working on a mobile site which includes keypad shortcuts for
navigating a list of items (e.g. press the 1 hard key to open the
first item, 2 for the second item, etc.). There's a question of
whether associating an item with 0 (which usually represents the
tenth item in the list on many mobile devices) will have a negative
impact on that item. In our case, it concerns a list of businesses.

There are 2 parties involved, the business and the end user.

31 Mar 2009 - 2:56pm
7 years ago
1 reply
Janna DeVylder

IxDA on LinkedIn

IxDA has several 'platforms' that we provide for the community to gather
upon: Discuss list via email, IxDA.org, the conference, and our
hard-working IxDA Local Groups.

There are then platforms that are not sponsored by IxDA but obviously
provide a great place for the community to share, such as your individual
blogs, JohnnyHolland.org, Twitter, Flickr, Slideshow.com, vimeo.com or
Facebook to name a few.

31 Mar 2009 - 2:24pm
7 years ago
7 replies
David B. Rondeau

Using Interaction Design to Change Behavior

Joshua Porter recently had a very interesting post on his blog about
using design to "change, guide, support, elicit, constrict, and
control behavior".

It got me to thinking about *how* interaction design *is being used*
to change behavior. The first example that came to mind was the Wii
Fit. http://www.nintendo.com/wiifit

I recently got a Wii Fit.

31 Mar 2009 - 1:38pm
7 years ago
6 replies
Todd Warfel

Edge Case Design of IA vs. IxD

So, once again, I'll propose all this bickering about the difference
of IA/IxD, or why people aren't UX Designers, but are IAs or IxDs is
an argument for 0.001%. The case where any of us are working on a
system that won't have both IA and IxD is statistically non-existent.

So, why are we arguing over 0.001%?

Incidentally, whether intentional or not, the appearance here is that
IxD is trying to become the "dominant" field in UX and not acknowledge
that the IA field can or has evolved.

31 Mar 2009 - 12:40pm
7 years ago
1 reply

text changing on buttons

I wanted to solicit people's advice/examples on a small but interesting
interaction we're working on. Here's the scenario:

User launches a dialog that has a list of people who they need to handwrite
checks to (it's a payroll application; don't worry about why they are
handwriting and not printing checks). The dialog has a table of the people
and the amounts. For each line in the table, the user can do up to two

- Add/Edit a check number for that person's check
- Print a paystub for that check

They can do any or all of these things, it is up to them.

31 Mar 2009 - 10:29am
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31 Mar 2009 - 10:07am
7 years ago
1 reply

Names are Important (was Wood gatherers...)

Good grief! I mean, really?!?

We are not cave people. We don't (only ;) ) communicate with grunts and
chest beating. We have words. Words are one of the most valuable things we
have as humans. They have real meaning. They build up language, which is
at the heart of everything else we build and often at the heart of our
relationships and just generally how we relate to that which is outside

Discussing naming is inextricably intertwined with discussing the underlying
concepts, which are the important bits and what people get worked up over.
Titles are names.

31 Mar 2009 - 9:50am
7 years ago
12 replies
Jared M. Spool

"Help! Is there a Cardiothoracic Surgeon in the room?"

In an emergency, you fetch a doctor.

Interestingly, there are no doctors. Or, more accurately, there are
many doctors that you don't want to help you in a medical emergency.
(My good friend, with the Ph.D. in 15th Century English Literature, is
not the person you want to deliver the baby, even if he was the only
Doctor on the island.)

Many qualified medical professionals don't have an official "doctor"