Discussion Archive: April 2009

22 Apr 2009 - 2:33pm
7 years ago
2 replies
Janna DeVylder


Has anyone had involvement with the DIYcity group & project?


>From their site:

> What is needed right now is a new type of city: a city that is like the
> Internet in its openness, participation, distributed nature and rapid,
> organic evolution - a city that is not centrally operated, but that is
> created, operated and improved upon by all - a DIY City.
> This is the DIYcity Challenge: *can we, working together, define and build
> a version 1.0 of the Do-

22 Apr 2009 - 2:31pm
7 years ago
13 replies
Shimone Samuel

How does requiring fields affect completion rates?

I would suggest requiring the bare-minimum necessary for the user to
complete their task: email address.

Sales can reply via email: Thank you for contacting us. How can we
help you?

Any additional information can be gathered after the lead is
confirmed. Yes, it makes extra work for sales associates but they
should require the least effort possible for interested parties to
contact them.

22 Apr 2009 - 7:38am
7 years ago
33 replies
Michael Kay

The role of detailed footers

I have noticed a trend in websites using big detailed footers that
contain site maps, but a lot more, like a mini-homepage. Look at the
bottom of these two pages for example:

I understand this has something to do with SEO, but there may be more
to it. Have others in this community investigated this novel UI on a
usability or wayfinding basis?

22 Apr 2009 - 3:34am
7 years ago
2 replies

Any research on best practices for legacy and redesigned app in a single UI

Hi all,
We have recently revamped a major part of a financial application. But when
it goes live, parts of the legacy system would still be used. Does anybody
know of best practices about how to provide the UI? A single nav framework
with parts new and parts old? Or keep it separate as a new window in itself?
Also, it would be great if some one can point to any research/empirical data
on this... Thanks in advance for your help.

Best Regards,
Sudhindra V. | User Experience Architect
#perfection of art is concealment of art#

21 Apr 2009 - 4:19pm

Certification for usable health software?

David Blumenthal (the new National Coordinator for Health IT) and Mark
Leavitt (the chair of their certification commission) are suggesting
in today's Wall Street Journal that user experience be included in the
certification criteria for electronic health records (EHRs) that will
be eligible for $17 billion in federal incentive payments.

>From http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124027664223937475.html:

"The Certification Commission for Healthcare IT currently certifies
EHR systems now available on the market,

21 Apr 2009 - 2:11pm
7 years ago
8 replies

Need for and Contents of Left Navigation

Hi Jennifer,

Here is my two cents... hopefully it helps. Usually a left or right
or local nav, as i've seen it, supports your global nav, not
replicates it. By having two navs that do the same thing you are just
filling that page up with noise that disrupts the user. The global nav
(which you have on top) should remain as constant as possible and the
support nav could change depending on which main navigation you are

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20 Apr 2009 - 11:38pm
Josh Damon Williams

Focus group recruitment in SF/Bay Area > Prototypers wanted for Adobe Catalyst focus group

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20 Apr 2009 - 6:30pm
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20 Apr 2009 - 4:56pm

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