Discussion Archive: May 2009

22 May 2009 - 9:00am
7 years ago
6 replies
Kevin Silver

Testing for Learnability

Hi All,

After a long hiatus I'm back designing in the realm of enterprise
software and I have been shifting my thinking back to the land of the
intermediate user. Subsequently I've been thinking a lot about
designing and usability testing for learnability–how learnable is the
application? It seems to me that there is a big difference between
testing a check-out flow and a complex interface.

21 May 2009 - 3:59pm
Jeff Gothelf

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(If you have questions about this role, feel free to contact me
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21 May 2009 - 11:39am

seating and ergo Tale of buying a chair

I had similar experiences buying a Hag Capisco here in PGH. There is a
huge disconnect between the Hag company that designs/makes chairs and
the antiquated distribution system of getting chairs to people. I spent
more time trying to get the local dealer to order one than I did
anything else.

Not to start a chair thrash, but you should look at other high-end
chairs and seating/ergonomic options.

20 May 2009 - 10:30pm
7 years ago
4 replies

Need of persona for small set of user group

Hi everyone,

Persona represents a user group, helps to understand who the users
are, their behavior, etc.
No my question here is if I’ve a large set of audience or target user
group then making a persona make sense to me,
But what if I’ve very limited users say 8-10 and I’ve access to users
all the time, do I need to create Persona for them?
Is it really necessary to create Persona for small set of target user

Please share your thought.


20 May 2009 - 4:11pm

How can Facebook benefit a company?

My company have started looking at Facebook and how it can be used as
a means of communication and advertising. Has anyone done this
effectively? Any advice? My mind is that it is good from a brand
awareness and PR point of view raising your companies profile but
advertising I am not so sure i.e. I blanket out as I am sure most
people do the right hand banner promotions found consistently on the

20 May 2009 - 3:25pm
7 years ago
1 reply
Sean Bentley

any keyboard usability info on Kindle?

I'm wondering if anyone has any study results regarding the usability of the Kindle keyboard. I'm concerned that the keyboard might be too small (hard to read and cramped) for an elderly person with visual/physical impairments.

Sean Bentley
Senior Content Provider, UI Text

20 May 2009 - 10:11am
Candy Bernhardt

[EVENT] IxDA DFW // Sat, May 30 // 1 Day Conference & Design Challenge


If you are anywhere near the Dallas area in a few weekends, this is a MUST!

As the local coordinator in DFW, I have been working with other community
leaders of UPA, Refresh, and Social Media to pull together the* BIG(D)ESIGN
CONFERENCE <http://bigdesignconference.com/> and after party that focuses on
Strategy, Social Media, User Experience, and Code Development.*

We have a fantastic speaker lineup<http://bigdesignconference.com/schedule/>,
a great mix of sponsors <

20 May 2009 - 9:51am
7 years ago
4 replies
Dante Murphy

[PLUG]A new UX blog...just what the world needs!

Thanks to Whitney Hess, whose presentation on "Evangelizing Yourself"
motivated me to finally start a blog.

My first post is an editorial response to Jared Spool's panel at the
Ix09 conference, which asked where will we find the 10,000 new
interaction designers we need to meet the expected growth in our field.
Here's the link:


I would love to hear any feedback, whether as a comment on the site, a
message here, or a private e-mail.

20 May 2009 - 9:14am
7 years ago
1 reply

Need help with a directory style menu

Okay, I've managed to design myself into a corner and need help
getting out. I'm working with a maps database that allows the user
to create nested folders for organization. I'm limiting them to two
nested folders, but even so, this creates a situation where some
folders merely contain other folders.

20 May 2009 - 8:44am
7 years ago
6 replies

Radio buttons versus drop downs for sorting product results

I have recently started a website project with an external development
agency and we are going through the prototype stage of the design. On
a product listing page design I have placed radio buttons as the
means to sorting the already displayed content. This decision seems
logical and is based on the following online article points.