Discussion Archive: August 2009

28 Aug 2009 - 8:55am
6 years ago
1 reply
Billy Cox

Is the iPhone hard to use?

Young children are accustomed to experimenting with their world via
touch (and putting things in their mouth of course) so the iPhone fits
into their normal mode of discovery. Adults by contrast have learned
other means of discovery that might fail them when they have only a
single button and a screen.

Brandon E. B.

28 Aug 2009 - 7:39am
Richard Hill

IA Summit 2010 Call for Proposals

The Information Architecture Summit 2010 will be April 7-11 in

You can get all the information about the event at
http://iasummit.org now so you can get a head start on your

The Call for Proposals is open. We have three tracks this year.

Business Strategy & Management
We're looking for case studies, tools, and techniques that
help UX managers and practitioners work better with their teams
and their organizations. Tell us your war stories, lessons
learned, tips and tricks.

28 Aug 2009 - 7:29am
6 years ago
1 reply
Ali Naqvi

Whats with IPHONE exploding here and there??

I don't have an IPHONE. I do want one but lately articles are written
about IPHONES exploding in people's hands.

The Danish article belows states that there are 10 cases in France.
I also read about cases in the US, Japan and the UK.


Are these phones made of different material than NOKIA, SonyEricsson

28 Aug 2009 - 6:36am
Ali Naqvi

User Experience Design for Working Web Sites and Applications

Working as a Technical Writer, I VERY often see myself being put in
the final stage of the development process by management.

I came across the following article that i want to share with other
technical writers out there:


27 Aug 2009 - 3:05pm
6 years ago
10 replies

Is the iPhone hard to use? (was "We don't make consumer products, hence no need for a UCD development process.")

I now understand why I didn't find the control you mentioned - like
Kevin, my phone is not locked with a pass code. It does, however, do
some sort of locking thing when it falls asleep; a sweep of a thumb
unlocks it. The sweep is an unfamiliar motion to me, and so far even
in normal circumstances, I frequently botch it.

27 Aug 2009 - 1:24pm
6 years ago
3 replies

How to find people who use SmartGridCity in Boulder, CO

We are doing a project related to energy use and are looking for people who
live in Boulder, CO and are part of the Smart Grid City energy program
there. Does anyone have any ideas or tips on how to find people in this
pilot program?

We are on a limited budget and have posted on Craigslist in Boulder and have
asked all our friends, changed our status on various social networks to look
for people.

27 Aug 2009 - 9:41am
6 years ago
2 replies

Nokia Maemo UI clip

In case anyone is interested - a clip of the Maemo UI, Nokia's new
Linux-based UI.


Nothing really much new, although there is a nice circular gesture for
zooming in and out. I am very fond of the typeface (apparently their
own - Nokia Sans).


26 Aug 2009 - 1:46pm
6 years ago
2 replies
Andrei Herasimchuk

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

On Aug 26, 2009, at 11:30 AM, dave malouf wrote:

> Have people seen this company called Modu?
> they have an interesting take on all this:
> http://modumobile.com/

They've got an interesting story for sure.

26 Aug 2009 - 1:39pm
6 years ago
1 reply
Chicago IxDA4

[EVENT] Reminder - Chicago September Event on the 1st - Cultural Context

Next week is our September event for the Chicago IxDA.

Yes, it's early this month - and on a Tuesday. Why? Because Steve Portigal
is in town, and he's just too good to miss!

See details below and RSVP by *Monday, August 31st* at the following link:

Join us on *Tuesday, September 1st*, when Steve Portigal will be in town to
> talk about "Understanding Cultural Context". Steve will explore the notion
> of social norms and share a number of examples of observed cultural
> behaviors.

26 Aug 2009 - 11:00am
6 years ago
2 replies
Adrian Howard

Clickstream/heatmaps (was Eye-Tracker software/hardware recommendations)

On 25 Aug 2009, at 19:18, Nick Gould wrote:

> *As an aside, I think it's interesting that many of your arguments
> against eyetracking could also be leveled against clickstream
> analysis / clickmaps, etc... I am amazed at how willing clients are
> to believe that this data is meaningful on its own.

Yeah. I've had "discussions" with a few people recently about
clickstream/heatmap results:

Them: "Look everybody's clicking here where Y is - we want them to do
X. We should move X to Y's location"
Me: "Erm....