Discussion Archive: March 2009

11 Mar 2009 - 3:04pm
Boston IxDA

[JOB] User Interaction Designer; Salem, NH; SunGard - Loanet

Loanet, a business unit of SunGard Financial Systems, is seeking a User
Interaction Designer for our Salem, NH office. Loanet provides an integrated
solution for US and Canadian Domestic securities finance management, along
with access to a broad community of securities finance players. Loanet
technology helps broker-dealers, custodian banks, agent lenders and other
participants in the securities lending industry to manage their entire
business and communicate with one another.

11 Mar 2009 - 2:49pm
5 years ago
1 reply
Kimberly Cassidy

[EVENT] IxDA NYC %u2013 Tuesday March 10 %u2013 Interaction 09 Conference Recap

I attended last night and really enjoyed the segment on the key note
speeches. Will IXDA be posting those speeches? And if yes, when?

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11 Mar 2009 - 10:32am
5 years ago
1 reply

Small/local/community banks with cool functionalityand innovative designs

Well, WAMU used to be one. Not small, but with innovative design.

11 Mar 2009 - 10:03am
5 years ago
14 replies
David Birnbaum

Tools for animating the user experience

At work this week my boss mentioned that he thinks my designs would be
better communicated if I created short animations, rather than
exclusively draw storyboards as I do now. I need a tool that allows
me to take an idea and present it in a slideshow within a matter of
minutes or hours. I'm very comfortable with Illustrator, so
preferably the animation tool would have a similar interface and
allow wacom input.

Does anyone have a preferred tool for this kind of thing? Flash?
Silverlight? Something else?

David Birnbaum | User Interface Scientist

11 Mar 2009 - 9:10am
5 years ago
2 replies
Alex ONeal

A long page with scroll v/s Tabbed Page?

Tabbed vs long is not the question - you can have short pages that are
highly navigable without tab. So here's what I've seen:

- Page length depends on the content. Many users prefer things close to
above the fold, but nearly as many like to scroll, which is why major news
sites and other informational sites (such as the NYT) offer multiple page
and single page views in addition to print.

11 Mar 2009 - 8:43am
5 years ago
31 replies
Jen Giroux

UPA Website Usability Study Seeking Paid Participants

The Usability Professionals’ Association (UPA) is currently working to
re-design its website, www.upassoc.org, and expect that the new site
will be launched by the end of 2009.

We are conducting a usability study of our new design and are
currently looking for representative users between the ages of 18-65
to participate in the study.

Compensation for qualifying participants will be a $25 Amazon gift
certificate for a 30-60 minute, one-on-one interview session.

11 Mar 2009 - 7:28am
Dan Brown

JOB :: Summer Intern :: Washington, DC Area :: EightShapes, LLC :: 3-month contract

Hello! EightShapes, LLC is now accepting applications for our summer
internship program.

Please feel free to forward this announcement to any and all students of
information architecture, interaction design, usability, or other design

Details may be found here: http://eightshapes.com/aboutus/internship2009.php

-- Dan


Dan Brown, Principal • (301) 801-4850
EightShapes, LLC • eightshapes.com
Also at: communicatingdesign.com • greenonions.com

11 Mar 2009 - 3:54am
3 years ago
7 replies

A long page with scroll v/s Tabbed Page?

Can anyone refer me to some material that explores, what are the
heuristics of when to use along page with scroll v/s Tabbed Page?

11 Mar 2009 - 12:57am
3 years ago
4 replies
Albert Cornelissen

Best practice for for number of items in a dropdown on a web form?

Hello everyone. This is my first post on IxDA. :) I've been
developing web applications for a few years now, and usability has
always been a priority, but I have only really started obessesing
about usability in the last year or so.

A colleague and I had a discussion about the maximum number of
elements that should be used in a (select) dropdown menu on a web

He thinks that fifteen is the maximum. Me? I'm not quite sure what
to think.

10 Mar 2009 - 8:42pm
5 years ago
2 replies
Andrei Herasimchuk


Some of you may know I write the Desktop column for Print magazine. My
June 2009 article is about mapping and information displays. I had
talked to Ben Fry and Casey Reas along with a few other folks about
various projects in the works, one of whom is Steph Thirion. He's
responsible for the Cascade on Wheels project.

Long story short, he's got a new iPhone game out that is quite