Discussion Archive: August 2009

16 Aug 2009 - 11:05pm
Suzanne Ginsburg

iPhone user research examples?

Hello IXDA folks,

I'm interested in connecting with iPhone app designers who have done
upfront user research or usability testing for their apps. Upfront
user research could include a variety of methods -- field studies,
interviews, surveys. The research doesn't have to be formal--quick-
and-dirty studies are also of interest.

I'd like to include your stories for an iPhone design book I'm working

16 Aug 2009 - 1:57am
7 years ago
1 reply

Netbooks lead the way on how we’ll be using our mobile phones in the near future

As per surveys, Netbooks are being used primarily for business,
entertainment and communication and it's being seen as a secondary
device. I've covered that in more detail here:


Since it's not replacing the laptop, I think what’s basically missing
is a phone added to the mix.

15 Aug 2009 - 8:29pm
7 years ago
5 replies
Nicole Furi

Sharepoint & UX- Education Resources

I am looking at a potential project which deals a lot with Sharepoint.
I know very little about this tool, or the user experience design of
sites that use it (I believe it involves a lot of customization of
modules). Does anyone have any tips on things I should know, and can
you point me towards good resources for learning more?

14 Aug 2009 - 1:20pm
7 years ago
3 replies
Audrey Crane

Examples of pre-login \"soft personalization\"?

I'm looking for examples of personalization that happens when a user
has not yet logged in, either via cookies, geo location by IP
address, or flash cookies ("local shared objects").

Examples I have so far are:
- Amazon's home page, if you've ever logged in before
- Google local results in standard search result page
- ads everywhere

Any other ways to personalize w/o requiring login technically?
Any other names for this? Profiling?
Any other favorite examples?

Thanks in advance...

14 Aug 2009 - 10:19am
Diana Wynne

[WAY OT] date pickers starting on Sunday

That's the irony though. It's not off topic. We're still living with
calendars that start on Sunday for this reason.
And numerous comments not to rock the boat, because it's a "standard."


On Thu, Aug 13, 2009 at 11:27 PM, Brandon E. B.

14 Aug 2009 - 8:03am
William Hudson

Half-day courses on Ajax and Card Sorting at HCI 2009 in Cambridge UK

(IxDA members within striking distance of Cambridge in the UK might be interested in the following.)

There are still places on the two half-day courses I am running at the British HCI Group conference in Cambridge on 1 September. They are 'Ajax Design and Usability' (how to get the most from dynamic web pages) and 'Innovations in Card Sorting', a hands-on workshop using examples from real web sites.

They are only £40 each, plus this year - for the first time - you do not have to register for the conference itself.

14 Aug 2009 - 6:47am
14 Aug 2009 - 4:31am
6 years ago
72 replies
William Hudson

Eye-Tracker software/hardware recommendations

Kristen -

I attended a pro vs cons debate on eye-tracking a few months ago in
London. On the 'cons' side was Kara Pernice who is the MD at NNG. Her
main thrust was that eye-tracking was largely irrelevant for most
usability work, particularly given the expense.

I have since had a couple of conversations on this with heavy
eye-tracking users. Both confessed that it really was overkill for most
usability studies and that you did have to be experienced in order to
interpret the results correctly (so it wasn't something you would use

14 Aug 2009 - 2:48am
7 years ago
15 replies
Håkan Reis

Anyone tried out GuiMags?

I found out about GuiMags <http://guimags.com> and got interested. Have
anyone tried them out?
I'm thinking of ordering a couple of kits.

13 Aug 2009 - 7:25pm
Jeanne Turner

[Event] IxDA Portland: UX Book Club Meeting

UX Book Club PDX: "The Design of Everyday Things"

* Tuesday August 18, 2009
* 7:00pm - 8:30pm
* Inner SE Portland, Oregon
* Directions & RSVP:

Interested in user experience in all of its forms? Enjoy reading?
Want to combine the two in a social setting with other smart,
like-minded people, and maybe drink a beer?

Join us for Portland's third UX Book Club meeting on Tuesday August