Discussion Archive: July 2009

26 Jul 2009 - 12:22pm
Danny Bluestone

Middle weight Interaction Designer , Borehamwood, UK (Cyber-Duck Ltd)

Cyber-Duck (http://www.cyber-duck.co.uk <http://www.cyber-duck.co.uk> ) are looking for a highly motivated Interaction Designer (IxD, UxD) with a strong ability to distill user research and business requirements into functional wireframes and interface specifications to join our award-winning London based digital agency, specialising in interactive media.

26 Jul 2009 - 10:02am

game timers (was Are We The Puppet Masters? The Ethics of IxD.

Brian Mila wrote:
> Civilization would display a message saying "You've been playing
> for 3 hours, take a break." Naturally, I dismissed the dialog and

I think Everquest was the first commercial MMORPG with the "/played"
option that told you how long you'd been playing. I knew people who
had something like 80 played days in a single year. One of my friends
quit playing EQ when he realized out how many 24 hour days he'd spent in
front of the computer other people posted their /played times as a badge
of honor.


25 Jul 2009 - 5:59pm
Jeff Patton

ANN: Design friendly Certified Scrum Product Owner training


[Please excuse the self-promotion from a non-participating member.]

I'm offering two back-to-back Scrum Certified Product Owner courses
during August. You can find more here: http://www.agileproductdesign.com/training/passionate_product_owner.html
This class is useful for designers working in an agile and Scrum

My goal with these courses is to focus on building mental models and
skills necessary for those working as product owners to be really good
at what they're doing.

25 Jul 2009 - 1:01am
7 years ago
3 replies
Sally Abolrous

Looking for creative ways to run a Data Analysis & Brainstorming session

I'm planning a 3 hour meeting for my team to:
- read through stories of our 3 field observations and 7-8 phone
interviews and identify tasks, pain points, and insights
- build an affinity diagram
- brainstorm design ideas for our product (which we don't know
anything about yet)

This is a new team and this is our first project together. I've run
similar sessions in the past with other teams (not covering so much
though), but I'd like to learn more about how other people are
running sessions like these and if anyone has any good tips/advice to
ensure success.

24 Jul 2009 - 10:11pm
6 years ago
10 replies
Jim Harrison

Time to add some functionality to Minimize, Maximize and Close buttons.

Over the past few months I have been thinking how nice it would be to
have a couple extra windowing buttons. Here is my short list.
Maximize Verticle
Maximize Horizontal
2-3 Custom sizes and locations with the ability to rename

I work with multiple windows open. Comparing, sharing and
transferring data between windows on a regular basis. Drag and drop
is my best friend.

How would you feel about 3-4 more squares in the upper corner of your

24 Jul 2009 - 2:45pm
7 years ago
3 replies
Phillip Hunter

Usability of pre-filled versus empty in content capture software

(No semantic or grammar debates, I promise)

I'm researching a number of health care software packages. Many of
them have some way of short-cutting data entry, such as pre-selection
indicating the absence of unlikely conditions.

One tool, however, leans heavily on progressively, and supposedly
intelligently, filling in data based on answers given as the user
moves through the queries for content.

24 Jul 2009 - 11:32am
7 years ago
25 replies
Diana Wynne

date pickers starting on Sunday

Does anyone know where the convention of calendars and date pickers starting
the week on Sunday came from?

I have a strong personal preference for Monday for work-related tasks (and
have customized accordingly, whenever this is supported: iCal, Google
Calendar, Zimbra). But when I mentioned this to colleagues for a work week
tracker I'm designing, they pointed out that most components start the week
on Sunday.

24 Jul 2009 - 9:59am
7 years ago
13 replies
Hugh Griffith

Gmail drag and drop

Not too long ago Google added the ability to move your emails into labels
via drag and drop functionality. As a result, they added two rows of dots to
the left side of each email.

Does anyone know if that is in fact the ideal pattern for that kind of tool?
Or has anyone done any testing on it?

Thanks for your input,

Hugh Griffith
User Interface Designer

23 Jul 2009 - 4:20pm
Erin Myers

[JOB] Mid-level User Experience Lead, Washington, DC, Full Time

Threespot User Experience Leads are responsible for defining successful high-level strategies, as well as tactical solutions, for client projects including multimedia, print, social media strategies, web sites, web-based applications, and technology solutions.

UX Leads gather, define, and clarify clients' business objectives, brand, and audiences, and translate this understanding into documentation that defines the "big idea' and guiding creative vision that will shape the entire project.

Because our process at Threespot is fundamentally collaborative, UX Leads must be able to work inde

23 Jul 2009 - 2:32pm
7 years ago
39 replies
Brad Ty Nunnally

Are We The Puppet Masters? The Ethics of IxD.

A few months ago, I asked the group if we, as designers, had the right to
influence, or control, the behavior of another person. The feedback
I received was great and inspired me to take the discussion a step further
by writing an article on the subject for Johnny Holland. Please check it
out, and I look forward to your thoughts and feedback,


Johnny Holland - Are We The Puppet Masters?