Discussion Archive: March 2009

9 Mar 2009 - 9:01am
Meredith Noble

This Thursday: UX Irregulars + IxDA Toronto - Interaction '09 Conference Redux

Hi Everybody,

Announcing our next IxDA Toronto event, co-hosted by our good friends
the UX Irregulars.

Please RSVP at Upcoming.org if you plan to attend:

Or email us at: toronto-local at ixda.org

Thursday March 12, 2009 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Centre for Social Innovation - Room 120

215 Spadina Ave., Toronto

Torontonians who attended the IxDA Interaction '09 conference will
summarize their

9 Mar 2009 - 8:25am
7 years ago
34 replies
Megan Grocki

Persona skeptics

A colleague recently mentioned to me that she has sensed that clients
are starting to question the value of personas.

What do you think, has an inherent gap been revealed in the
usefulness of personas as we know them? Has anyone else gotten this
sense, and if so, can personas be redeemed?

Also, When is the last time you actually saw a project team-member
outside of IxD/UX go back and refer to persona documentation during
the later stages of a product or site development process?

9 Mar 2009 - 8:04am
7 years ago
1 reply
Joe Leech

Looking for a Japanese Usability Testing Partner

Hey guys,

We have a client who is looking to do some user testing in Japan.

We're looking for a usability testing agency to partner up with. Please get
in touch off list if you can help.


joeleech.net +447905 33 4163

Usability, user experience & IA

9 Mar 2009 - 12:09am
7 years ago
11 replies

Fun with comics (or storyboards!)

I was hunting around tonight and found a link to this site:


...it struck me that a simple site like this with basic human shapes
would be great for quick story-boarding on the fly. I use Illustrator
and a full set of images that I've created over the years - but I can
see something like this being useful for non-pro's who want to express
ideas. I enjoyed the interface as well!

No connection to the site, just a fun find.


8 Mar 2009 - 12:25pm
7 years ago
1 reply
Scott Berkun

Your First UX / ID Job -- Q from the HCI Class of\'09.

My first UX job was doing usability work on Windows 95 and Internet Explorer
1.0 back in 1994.

Looking backwards I wish I could have given myself the following advice:

1) Pick your manager. Early in my career I made choices that put the role
and the project ahead of who I'd be working for. It took years for me to
figure out I was happier, more effective, and grew more only when my boss
was a good manager. A good manager will hire good people, will set clear
goals, will teach you what they know, and will set you up to be happy (e.g.
kick ass).

8 Mar 2009 - 8:11am
7 years ago
10 replies

Post-graduate degree advice (London, UK)

Hi Tim,

Can't answer your question directly I'm afraid, but thought you
might be interested in a similar thread where this kind of thing's
being discussed:


PS, as a London-based web person maybe in a similar position to you I
found it interesting that these institutions offered degrees in these
areas. I was aware that City was involved in HCI research, although
not UCL and Kingston.

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7 Mar 2009 - 8:01pm
7 years ago
2 replies

User Experience - Social network for UX professionals

Recently after discovering Ning and the great things they realized I
created or first social network (to my knowledge) There's little info
since I created it 5 minutes ago but it's pretty cool! Here it is, start
creating your own groups, it seems that other than google ads nothing
bothers us, it's free:


7 Mar 2009 - 5:58pm
7 years ago
5 replies
Jonathan Cohen

Your First UX / ID Job -- Q from the HCI Class of \'09.

Hello world,

HCI grad student here. As my fellow students and I near graduation
and explore all the different kinds of opportunities out there, it
would be extremely helpful to learn about your entry-level
interaction design experience.

What was your first ID job? Generally speaking, is there anything
you would have liked to be different? Which experiences were most
beneficial in the long-term?


7 Mar 2009 - 1:22pm
Charles Wiedenhoft

[JOB] User Experience Designer; San Diego, CA; Red Door Interactive; Freelance/Contract

Red Door Interactive is looking to expand its User Experience team (This is a freelance/contract relationship).

If you share in the same passions as our UX team and are able to contribute your expertise to the below deliverables then we'd love to hear from you!

Shared UX Passions:
Passion 1: Results-driven planning and site optimization through an understanding of user behavior

Passion 2: Discovering creative ways to leverage the Internet as an extension of your clients' business models.

:: Discover and refine project requirements through client interviews and market resea

7 Mar 2009 - 3:13am
7 years ago
5 replies
Den Serras

Icons vs. Symbols

I need a little help here. I'm creating a site with a photo search
like Getty or Corbis. The client wants a series of buttons for each
photo denoting functionality. Here's the list:
-add to favorites
-Quick Quote (emails artist)
-Add to Quote (like add to cart)
-Compare photos (click to add to comparison list)

This feature is all about the photos, and my experimentation suggests
that picture icons fight with the images and defocus the page. I want
a series of four symbols, all characters in equal sized, slightly
spread out gray boxes: