Discussion Archive: July 2009

29 Jul 2009 - 6:49pm
Elizabeth Bacon

Conan community feedback processed

Dear IxDA,

I want to thank everybody who stepped up to participate in the recent
round of feedback on the design concepts presented for IxDA Conan, our
website redesign project. In addition to the members of the Conan team
themselves, about 60 IxDA members asked to review designs in the
ConceptShare system.

29 Jul 2009 - 5:58pm
7 years ago
1 reply
Tony Tulathimutte

[Event] Escape The Lab — Wednesday, Aug 26

Why hello there, IxDA! Want to learn remote research? Bolt | Peters is
hosting a one-day workshop on August 26th, and you're invited. Give us
a day and we can teach you all the rocket surgery you need to conduct
qualitative studies the real-time, native environment way.
* Date: Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
* Time: 9am - 4:30pm. Sign-in starts at 8:30am, Drinks and schmoozing
* Place: Bolt | Peters User Experience at 60 Rausch St., unit 102
* More Info: http://escapethelab.com
* Cost: $399. Register now (space very limited).

29 Jul 2009 - 12:22pm
7 years ago
3 replies
Jared M. Spool

Charles Eames Quote: Role of the Designer

In watching the 2007 Ted Talk by Eames Demetrious on his grandparents,
Charles & Ray Eames, I came across this fascinating quote:

"The role of the designer is that of a good host anticipating the
needs of their guest."

This pleased me.

It fits into my thinking of what experience design is all about.

Thought I'd share.

(Sorry for the lack of a link to the interesting video. On a plane w/o
wifi and iTunes doesn't have an easy way to get the original link.)


Jared M.

29 Jul 2009 - 10:52am
Joanne Weaver

JOB: CHICAGO: freelance UI DESIGNER with web/kiosk bkgd for highly prestigious global design firm

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29 Jul 2009 - 10:22am
7 years ago
3 replies
Jeff Mueller

Displaying Lengthy Lists

Hi all,
I'm working on the design of a site that includes a very long list of services offered by our department. Rather than just list everything, I'd like to do something abbreviated, but the idea of a drop-down menu isn't very appealing (it seems *too* abbreviated). Are there any design patterns for long lists that I might be able to reference? Google isn't helping out much.

29 Jul 2009 - 10:17am
7 years ago
3 replies

Looking for great company career sites

Hello everyone,
I'm in the process of redesigning a career site and I'm just getting
into the research, but I wondered if you all had any career sites that
just really impressed you that you'd be willing to share. By the way,
these would be the career section on a company's site, not job search
sites like monster or dice or what have you.

Thanks for any help you can provide!

Courtney Jordan

29 Jul 2009 - 9:09am
7 years ago
9 replies
Sam Menter

toggle on / off design pattern


Can anyone point me in the direction of a useable design pattern for
an on / off toggle switch to be used online ie using JS / html / css
rather than flash? I'm working on an application that currently uses
colour coding to indicate whether an option is active or not. This
works in the real world i.e. the red light comes on when recording,
but obviously bad for accessibility online due to the different ways
people see colours.

For example, one option in this case is record.

29 Jul 2009 - 7:45am
7 years ago
4 replies
Michele Marut

IDSA award winners

IDSA award winners - http://www.idsa.org/IDEA2009/gallery/index.asp

They have some categories that may be of interest to IxDers (i.e.
design strategy, interactive products , research)

29 Jul 2009 - 6:49am
7 years ago
2 replies
Eric Reiss

Are We The Puppet Masters? The Ethics of IxD

Fascinating discussion. Let me share something that I do believe is
truly unethical.

I've been talking with the webmaster for several porn sites to learn
more about streaming video. She (yes, she) told me a creepy story about
how one site coerces new subscribers to submit to the recurring monthly
charge rather than the one-time-only three-day sample period. In other
words, rather than paying a one-time fee of USD 9.95, your credit card
gets billed USD 29.95 each and every month.

Here's how the scam works.

On the sign-up form, you check which payment period you want.

29 Jul 2009 - 4:09am
7 years ago
6 replies
Jarod Tang

Aesthetics in HCI

Maybe don's book and article is interesting to you,

Most of don's view on this topic are very interesting, but one things needs
to think twice, it's a more complex topic about the relationships between
aethetics ( perception as well as experience ) and interaction ( usability
and use experience), which surely beyond "beautiful object works better".

Besides, aesthetics of interaction contributes to using experience or using
beauty as some designers adopted.

-- Jarod