Discussion Archive: August 2009

10 Aug 2009 - 10:47am
Kyra Edeker

[EVENT] IxDA Austin Tues. August 25th 6:30 - 8:30 -- Abuse to Reuse: Why we hate use cases but shouldn't

Abuse to Reuse: Why we hate use cases but shouldn't
When: August 25, 2009 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
presentation begins at 7:00
Where: projekt202
908 E. 5th St.

10 Aug 2009 - 10:06am

REMINDER: [EVENT] IxDA NYC - Thurs, August 13 - Prototyping for UX Practitioners

One last reminder for Thursday's event. If you haven't gotten a chance
to sign up, you'll want to do so soon. Look forward to seeing everyone

Ever had a moment when you’re presenting your detailed design work and
you get an unenthusiastic "Is that it?" from your audience?

This can sometimes happen when a project has been in design
development without conceptual feedback or consensus-building. We
often move forward rapidly with our detailed design work due to time

10 Aug 2009 - 10:03am
Abigail Plumb-L...

Cleveland+ UX Book Club inaugural meeting -- August 27th at 6:30pm

We'll be meeting at Joseph
in Legacy Village on August 27th at 6:30pm.
Our first book is *The Social Life of Information* (2000) by John Seely
Brown and Paul Duguid.

10 Aug 2009 - 9:47am
6 years ago
7 replies

Your favorite "tour" on a website?

Good Morning,

We're working on a project that has a somewhat complex concept to get across
without using a lot of information. Based on testing we're finding out that
some kind of tour is the way to go to introduce our product to our

We've been looking at Mint.com as a real good example of a tour. I think
Campaign Monitor has a good one too. Do you know of any other sites that use
the "tour" really well? We'd like to look at as many good examples as
possible. Suggestions are appreciated!



10 Aug 2009 - 8:58am
6 years ago
1 reply
Vicki Haberman

Bringing your attention to something that impacts all of design (education)! Opinions, thoughts?

Georgia Tech is currently planning to eliminate the undergraduate
degrees in industrial design, building construction & architecture in
favor of a generic BS in Design. If implemented, the change will
likely impact all design education as schools, looking for ways to
cut costs, follow suit.

Several design educators & professionals from across the US & Asia
have voiced extreme concern and endorsed the cause.

Please help us reach our goal of 1,000 signatures!
Vote NO!

10 Aug 2009 - 7:54am
6 years ago
10 replies
Ron Perkins

Click Here

I've run a lot of usability tests and I'm puzzled as to why some
designers still use 'click here to' as a link with the subject of the
action following the link.

Does anyone have any anecdotal or hard evidence supporting why this is
a good thing to do?

If not, what problems have you seen it cause?

I'll summarize the responses after a week of comments.


Ron Perkins
Principal, Design Perspectives
Web Design and Usability

978-465-6083 Office

10 Aug 2009 - 7:44am
6 years ago
2 replies
William Hudson

Pragmatic language theory and usability theory...same same or what?

Soren -

It is a useful distinction - there is a lot more to usability and user
experience than just language.

10 Aug 2009 - 6:37am
6 years ago
5 replies
Rebecca Whitfield

Questions as navigation labels

I am working on a project where the client is fairly prescriptive with
their navigation labels (i.e. they tend to give us pre-defined
sitemaps). We constantly try to challenge their labels, as we
believe they are more organisation-focused than user-focused.
However, in order to do this, we need to have good reasons

A current issue is using questions as navigation labels e.g. How are
cars made?. I think that this adds unnecessary complexity, and feels

10 Aug 2009 - 4:38am
6 years ago
3 replies
Soren Weimann

Pragmatic language theory and usability theory... same same or what?

Being a product of the school of pragmatic language theory it have
always puzzled me that (some) usability folk are very eager to
distinguish their field from language and semiotic theory.

Honstly I don't see a big difference. By removing themselves from
language theory, they are cuting themselves of from several hundreds
of years of research on which they could be building their branch of
communicative theory.

- it's all about communicating
- it's all about receivers
- it's all about context

What am I missing?

9 Aug 2009 - 2:58pm
USID Foundation

Forum Nokia-USID Design Challenge 2009

Dear All,
As per the original plan, August 10th, 2009 is the last date for
registration for the Forum Nokia-USID Design Challenge 2009 and we have
received a very good response for the same from all of you. More than 175
participants has registered for the same till now.

We have received request from many of you to extend the registration date
for few more days.