Discussion Archive: July 2009

3 Jul 2009 - 10:08pm
7 years ago
8 replies

In 10 words or less, what is software design to you?

At the end of a recent interview, the candidate asked me “What is software
design to you?” I can probably come up with a thousand different answers
but the one that popped into my mind immediately that day was “*software
design is making the ordinary extraordinary*.”

Okay, so maybe it won’t get me a mention in Businessweek, but what I was
trying to capture and communicate was that software design in particular is
largely about taking unglamorous tools and making them functionally robust
and efficient, rewarding to use, and aesthetically pleasing.

3 Jul 2009 - 11:32am
Heather Sepulveda

JOB - User Experience Designer - Austin, TX - American Workforce - Recruiter - Full Time

A leading technology firm in Austin is seeking an experienced User
Experience Designer to help us continue to transform user workflows
into site flows diagrams and wire-frames, with a clean and extensible
graphic design that communicates our brand. You have a strong visual
aesthetic and your portfolio demonstrates it. You are experienced in
working with teams to influence the direction of application at a
functional level and a technical level, with a mastery of design tools
such as Photoshop, Illustrator.

3 Jul 2009 - 11:00am

[EVENT] IxDA NYC - Thu July 16 - IDEO “Business Design Meets Interaction Design”

DUANE BRAY, interaction designer and head of Digital Media for IDEO, and
RYAN JACOBY, who leads IDEO’s Business Design discipline, will co-lead a
discussion about the intersection of interaction and business design.
Drawing on examples from IDEO’s past work as well as inspirational stories
elsewhere in the world, the two will consider the question of how
interaction and business designers approach problems, how the relationship
between the two disciplines has changed, and how collaboration can lead to
rich user experiences and business solutions.


3 Jul 2009 - 12:12am
Dante Murphy

[PLUG] A World Without Borders - understanding the value of content in context

Perhaps Mark Mothersbaugh of DEVO said it best:
"Freedom of choice is what you got...freed from choice is what you want."

As the world wide web continues to grow and mature at an exponential pace, the experiential quality of online information searching fails to keep pace because our content strategies focus too much on inclusion and reach, not enough on context.

2 Jul 2009 - 7:57pm
7 years ago
14 replies
Richard Dalton

The Essential Characteristics of User Experience (a language of critique)

Theres been some discussion in the past few months about establishing
a “language of critique” for user experience design. JJG may have
started it with his closing plenary at the Summit and several people
have blogged about it.

Here is my contribution, yes its a diagram.

Mark Bregman

[JOB] - Lead Designer-Human Sciences - Arizona - Full Time - Recruiter

Boyle Ogata Bregman Executive Search
Full Time

Initiate a high level mandate to improve the usability of products
and systems by incorporating a Human-Centered component for this
growing division of a premier defense contractor. As a Lead Designer
- Human Sciences (LD), you will have influence and interaction across
the enterprise.

2 Jul 2009 - 3:57pm
7 years ago
6 replies

In search of: form design pattern

I need to come up with a good pattern for designing a form. It has
the following characteristics:

- There are about 10 "sections" (related groups of inputs)
- The sections are of varied size, ranging from one dropdown
selection, to a multi-column table of several rows that needs to be
filled out

The total of all such sections would make the whole form bulky if I
tried to present it on one screen. I'm debating using different
chunking patterns such as an accordian or tabbed form and wondered if
anyone had an example of a favorite pattern they would recommend.


2 Jul 2009 - 2:24pm
subimage interactive

Effectiveness of toolbars in \"freemium\" web applications

Has anyone done any work studying the effectiveness of toolbars /
"butcons" in web applications? Specifically I'm interested to know
how intermediate / advanced tools such as those impact customer
conversion rates.

Most web 2.0 apps seem to be a mixture of tabs / buttons, with very
little use of toolbars or menus.

2 Jul 2009 - 1:51pm
Suzanne Ginsburg

iPhone App Review: NY Times & USA Today

Hello IXDA peeps!

I recently posted a brief UX review of the New York Times & USA Today
iPhone Apps.


If you have ideas for other apps to review, please send email to: suggest at iphoneuxreviews.com

2 Jul 2009 - 7:31am
6 years ago
3 replies

New issue: interactions magazine


A new issue of interactions magazine has been published.