Discussion Archive: October 2009

13 Oct 2009 - 6:32am
6 years ago
1 reply

Anthropomorphic representation of service/system

I'm currently working on a system which will filter information for
its users and was thinking an anthropomorphic representation of the
filtering AI might be a good idea to let the user relate to how it
all works.

Does anyone know of any good examples of this? The only use of it I
can think of is Clippy from Word...and that's not something you want
to bring up on your side of an argument. Although I think the idea was
basically a good one, it was just poorly executed.

12 Oct 2009 - 5:20pm
Ariel Spaulding

Designer / Developer Workflow - Silverlight & Flash night with Interact.

Hello all,

I'm part of a local usergroup called Interact: Seattle's
Developer/Designer Interaction group.

12 Oct 2009 - 2:53pm

[local][EVENT] IxDA Berlin :: Interactive Branding by Dirc Robert Wortley

IxDA Berlin :: Interactive Branding by Dirc Robert Wortley

When: 7pm – 9pm CEST Wednesday, October 14 2009
Where: newthinking store GmbH, Tucholskystr. 48, 10117 Berlin

Big brands at IxDA Berlin this time.

12 Oct 2009 - 1:10pm
6 years ago
4 replies

Twitter mashups / aggregators

I'm designing a Twitter visualization for a blog with multiple contributors.
Each blog contributor also publishes on Twitter, and we need an interface
that integrates:

* each blogger's tweets
* responses to those tweets
* tweets with hash-tag references to the blog

I'd like to know if there are any software packages or online services out
there that already do this kind of integration/aggregation, or if anyone's
seen good examples of custom integrations on the web that could be emulated
or improved upon in a from-scratch implementation.


Woodrow Winchester

Chris Rockwell, Founder of Lextant - User Experience Consultancy, to Speak Wednesday, 14 October 2009 at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA (SW Virginia - Roanoke VA area)

Join Virginia Tech’s Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics Center
(HFEEC) & chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)
and the Laboratory for User-Centric Innovations in Design (LUCID) for
a “fireside chat” with Mr. Chris Rockwell, founder of lextant
(http://www.lextant.com/), a user experience consultancy dedicated to
informing and inspiring design through a deep understanding of people,
their experiences and their aspirations.

12 Oct 2009 - 12:26pm
Lada Gorlenko

US/Seattle area local: Call for proposals: World Usability Day'09 at Microsoft

World Usability Day’09: Designing for a Sustainable World
Microsoft campus, Redmond
Thursday November 12, 2009


You are local to the Seattle/Puget Sound area, we invite you to speak
at the the World Usability Day events on Microsoft campus on November
12. Come and share your best practices and network with the local UX

12 Oct 2009 - 10:12am
6 years ago
3 replies
Mashhoor Aldubayan

How do you avoid canned designs?


When you work on two sites that that share the same goals, top tasks
and audience; would try to come up with THE optimal architecture and
interactions for both and just play around with their
aesthetics/branding to make them look different? or would you
experiment with each of them until they end up with different layouts
that work?

This is becoming an issue with some of my projects, since I keep
reusing layouts that worked.

12 Oct 2009 - 9:09am
6 years ago
7 replies
Jan Srutek

Persona Workshops

Hi all,

I was wondering if someone would have any ideas for running an
'interesting and entertaining' workshop where the client reps will
be involved in the process of creating personas.

Thanks a lot for any thoughts or ideas on that.


12 Oct 2009 - 8:50am
Mike Linskey

[JOB] short term consultancy contract - trading systems UI design

Do you have experience of designing UIs for sales order management
systems, i.e. Bloomberg, Charles River, Eze Castle, Fidessa
LatentZero, Flextrade, Longview, MacGregor, Portware, Sungard,
TradingScreen etc?

I'm looking for an experienced resource to act as a consultant on a
project to define a new UI across multiple trading systems.
Would suit someone looking for part-time work/ to supplement the day
job! Can be based anywhere in the world, but must have experience and
a can-do attitude! ;o)

Drop me a line if interested/ want more information...

12 Oct 2009 - 8:25am
6 years ago
22 replies
Clayton Miller

A vision for the 10-finger desktop

For some time, I've been intrigued by the question of what comes next
after the mouse and the windowed desktop, the Xerox PARC legacy of
desktop human-computer interaction. The paradigm that PARC gave us
has proven amazingly versatile. But even it has its limitations, both
in navigability and interaction bandwidth.

Over a span of about nine months, I pulled together some casual
research here and there, examining other proposals, trying to
determine their shortcomings, and, in the realm of thought
experiment, iterated answers to the problems that I identified.