Discussion Archive: July 2009

29 Jul 2009 - 3:06am
7 years ago
8 replies
R. Groot

Do grid systems also apply to application interfaces?

Hi All,

I'm very interested in hearing your opinion/experience on the

For content sites a grid system can be used to give the page a clean
and consistent layout.

Do grid systems also work/exist for application interfaces?

My own opinion:
I think this does not work since application interfaces are not very
likely to be layed out in columns, but rather in functional spaces.

Hope to hear from you.

28 Jul 2009 - 5:25pm
7 years ago
24 replies
Gayatri N

Usability of Buttons versus Links for Navigation

Hello Everyone,

I am wondering if using buttons or navigational elements that look
like buttons(for e.g BACK link) are intuitive?

Let me give you guys some context here:

I am working on designing a knowledge base interface where a user can
look for articles and click on a particular link to read that article.
In the article page on the top I had a "BACk" link that would take
the user to previous page/results page.

Based on some feedback I changed the "BACK" to look like a button.
I am not sure if buttons should only be used to submit data and not
for navigation?

28 Jul 2009 - 3:03am
3 years ago
10 replies

iRise: Fast prototyping tool?

I want an opinion about iRise:

By watching their videos I got an impression that is too back-end
focussed. No much room for a 'rapid' UX mind-set. For that I tend to
stand for Axure. Light and fast prototypes with documentation. I have
no experience with iRise and depending on complexity it might bring
benefits to the requirements management and other parts of the
application development, e.g. back-end programming, test scripts and
so on. It looks overkilling to test UX, though.

Is someone, focused on UX, actually using it? For fast simulations in
an iterative design process?

27 Jul 2009 - 11:11pm
Vineeth nair

Energy Consumption Trends, Patterns - Study The link for the survey is as below... http://www.surveygizmo.com/s/149062/persona-building-survey-energy-consumption

Hi all,
We the UX team at Samsung India Software Operations is in the process
of conducting a survey to understand energy conservation practices, or
energy consumption patterns globally. It would be great help if you
could answer the survey (25 questions) and have some of your friends
or colleagues answer it as well.

27 Jul 2009 - 8:31pm
7 years ago
2 replies
Jarod Tang

good read: Jonathan Ive on The Key to Apple's Success


"We try not to bring out another product that's just different," he said.
"'Different' and 'new' is relatively easy. Doing something that's genuinely
better is very hard."


27 Jul 2009 - 7:03pm
Julia Hinger

JOB: User Experience Designer I San Diego I DIGITARIA I Fulltime

Digitaria is looking for a User Experience Designer for our San Diego
The User Experience Designer role mainly focuses on examining user's
needs and client's business challenges and translating them into
solutions to improve online processes and experiences.
A UX Designer is expected to have a good understanding of Human
Computer Interaction principles and usability best practices.

27 Jul 2009 - 6:30pm
7 years ago
2 replies

People who learnt wikipedia syntax

Hi All,

Wikipedia has had such wide-spread acceptance despite the fact the it
expects the user to learn a new syntax. Of course one needs to learn
that only if one wants to do some formatting, add images etc.. but
one would quickly need those tools when writing articles.

I am wondering if there is any material available on how this new
language was adopted. Was it that the early adopters were much more
tech savvy and quickly learnt? was the help content great? is the
syntax itself very natural? Something else?

Alok Jain (AJ)

27 Jul 2009 - 8:17am
7 years ago
8 replies
Vishal Subraman...

Types of Faceted Search

There seems to be two major methods of faceted search
design- for the sake of my own vocabulary- I call them 'static' and 'dynamic'
(I suppose there would be some formal terminology, but I couldn't find
The Static model (Eg: Search for laptops in Yahoo Shopping-
typically involves clicking through one facet element at a time (multiple
select being present occasionally) causing the search results to filter

27 Jul 2009 - 3:38am
Steve Baty

[JOB] UX Designer - Sydney, Australia

Meld has reached that point where I need help to get through the work that’s
building up. There’s work on social media strategy and planning to do; work
on communications strategy and design to do; work on the strategy, design &
implementation of a Website for a small not-for-profit; and some other bits
and pieces.

Rather than specify a bunch of skills, knowledge of & experience withs, let
me just say what I need you to be able to do:

- Be observant. Listen, watch, take notes. Ask questions.

26 Jul 2009 - 2:02pm
Tonia M Bartz

IxDA Phoenix - Event Reminder - Product Prototyping - July 28th 6pm.

This is a reminder that our next event, which is guaranteed to be even
more fun than the last, is a few days away. Please join us on Tuesday,
July 28th at 6pm at Gangplank in Chandler.

During this event, we will be merging product and interaction design
for a night of playing with boxes. If you have a pair of scissors you
can bring or some smaller boxes (shoe/mailing size), it would be very

Pass on the word and feel free to bring a friend.