Discussion Archive: March 2009

31 Mar 2009 - 9:07am
6 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 - 8:50am
6 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"

31 Mar 2009 - 8:23am
6 years ago
1 reply
31 Mar 2009 - 8:05am
6 years ago
7 replies

the alignment of the practices and outcomes ofIA and IxD


It's disingenuous to omit the fourth definition just because it weakens your
case. I'm not about to promote or defend these aging definitions, and I
won't wade into this debate, but here's how they are presented in the book:

1. The combination of organization, labeling, and navigation schemes within
an information system.
2. The structural design of an information space to facilitate task
completion and intuitive access to content.
3. The art and science of structuring and classifying web sites and
intranets to help people find and manage information.

31 Mar 2009 - 7:17am
Todd Warfel

Edge Case Scenarios (was: the alignment of the practices and outcomes of IA and IxD)

Riddle me this: Great designers design systems for the majority (85%,
80/20, 90/10, etc.). So, why are the great designers of the fields of
practice of IA and IxD arguing over edge cases?

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%.

31 Mar 2009 - 3:56am
6 years ago
1 reply
Chris Wright

Recover username service

I'm looking at implementing a 'recover my username' serivce on a website i'm
working on. This will be a seperate service to recovering a password.

Thing is the existing userbase have custom usernames, users going forward
will be encouraged to use thier email address. recovering a username by
typing in your email works for the former, but not so for the latter.

any ideas?

30 Mar 2009 - 9:02pm
6 years ago
44 replies
Peter Merholz

the alignment of the practices and outcomes of IA and IxD

In his recent blog post, Dan makes a comment I've heard elsewhere, and
would like to probe:

"To call everyone who practices in the field "user experience
designers" is not only a web-centric attitude (where information
architecture and interaction design are more closely aligned than

I don't understand the "web-centric" aspect of this. In fact, I can't
think of an interaction design circumstance that wouldn't be improved
by thoughtful IA. My off-the-top-of-my-head example is the iPhone.

30 Mar 2009 - 5:11pm
Jared M. Spool

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30 Mar 2009 - 3:20pm
6 years ago
1 reply
gretchen anderson

Synthesis as an analysis activity in designresearch

There's Synthesis and synthesis.

You always do some synthesis along the way, you can't help it. But the Synthesis is a really important step that should be distinct from Research. This is where you are really putting the whole picture together. And checking assumptions: "Did everyone really say x? Or do I just think that?"

Finally, I find that your audience won't hang with you if you don't have a great story about what you did and what you found.