Discussion Archive: April 2009

14 Apr 2009 - 10:04pm
7 years ago
2 replies
Dan Saffer

Concept Project: Touchscreen Conference Phone

Conference phones suck. That's why we designed our own: the Kicker
Touchscreen Conference Phone. It's a VoIP phone for small businesses.

We're proud of this design, and I thought I'd share the case study
here with IxDA. You can read it at <http://www.kickerstudio.com/blog/2009/04/product-concept-touchscreen-conference-phone/

14 Apr 2009 - 5:45pm
Elizabeth Bacon

[EVENT] IxDA Los Angeles & Yahoo present

Hey folks,

For the record, I do not sense plagiarism here. It's a natural
dialectic. Personas are a valuable and powerful tool yet they are
sometimes seen as controversial, for various reasons. I first worked
with Adam Korman at Cooper, where personas as practiced today were
invented, so I'm guessing he'll represent the "Personas RULE"
side of things. All persona proponents need ways to deal with the
"Personas SUCK" side of the argument, which is certainly out there.
So I think this is a valuable conversation to have within the
community, period.


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14 Apr 2009 - 12:50pm
7 years ago
4 replies
Susan Blane

Data supporting Healthcare Website Information

I'm searching for data on the relationship between healthcare website
content and consumer choice. Particularly data that demonstrates
increased physician exposure on a website results in consumers
choosing to use the physician. There are volumes of literature
readily available, but no data I can find.
Does anyone have access to actual data? Can you direct me to
Thank you for your help,

14 Apr 2009 - 12:06pm
6 years ago
6 replies
Los Angeles IxDA

[EVENT] IxDA Los Angeles & Yahoo present "Personas SUCK / Personas RULE!", Wednesday, April 29th 7-9pm

Personas. Do you use them? Are they useful or a waste of time? Our
April event will feature persona experts who will explain why, when,
and how personas can be used effectively in your interaction design

What do you do when you know you need personas, but you can't seem to
convince the client or stakeholders? Go rogue!

14 Apr 2009 - 12:03pm
7 years ago
2 replies
Heather Anderson

Dynamics of Effective Product Development Teams

Hi all,

I'm doing some research and wanted to get your thoughts on what
constitutes an effective team. Say you're in a rather large corporate
environment where there are a lot of moving parts, projects, initiatives
all happening at the same time, say somewhere like Google but more
content driven than technology. They've figured out how to push out
quality products at breath-taking speed. How can this be done? What
are the internal dynamics that make this kind of rapid production
possible? Are there small teams that take ownership of one project? Is
it just one big assembly line?

14 Apr 2009 - 10:57am
Mark Schraad

titles and roles (VII)

As I followed the discussion about jobs, titles and tasks for the last few
weeks I found myself changing the way I think about my role. And at the risk
of a lot of eye rolling, I am going to throw out what I hope will provide
some further insight and perspective.

The official corporate job description for folks on our teams is something
along the lines of a UI designer. Its original intent was specific to
interfaces… but interaction is probably more accurate in the strict HR and
recruiting sense.

For quite a while I have claimed that we are user-experience designers. But
we are not.

14 Apr 2009 - 9:42am
7 years ago
1 reply
John Yuda

Required advice on public voting system


I think you're likely going to have a problem with people gaming the
system regardless of what you do -- almost any solution can be gamed.

There are a number of tactics available, each with pros and cons:

1. CAPTCHA -- you mention this. While it will help to ensure a human
is voting, it won't prevent the same user from voting multiple
times. It also has accessibility issues.

2. Login -- this will certainly make it easier to track who has
voted, but what's to stop somebody from having more than one

14 Apr 2009 - 3:32am
Gary Barber

[EVENT] Perth, Australia - Web Accessibility

Okay not strictly IxDAish, but still maybe of interest to some. AWIA
(Australian Web Industry Association) is having an event on Web
Accessibility in Perth, Western Australia.

Don't get any IxDA like events out here at the ends of the world. :) ..

*Understanding WCAG 2.0 & Preparing Websites with Improved Accessibility*

Roger Hudson and Andrew Downie chat about understanding WCAG 2.0 and
preparing websites for improved accessibility.

The Melbourne Hotel
942 Hay Street


14 Apr 2009 - 3:31am
Mat Atkinson

JavaFX vs. AIR or Silverlight

There was a recent thread on the pros and cons of Silverlight vs.

I would be interested in hearing people's views about how JavaFX
compares as a RIA framework.