Discussion Archive: January 2010

31 Jan 2010 - 2:56pm
Jarod Tang

Nokia, Nintendo, Netflix and E-Ink respond to the iPad

Sent to you by jtang via Google Reader: Nokia, Nintendo, Netflix and
E-Ink respond to the iPad via Engadget by Paul Miller on 1/30/10
We're sure just about every company on the map has an opinion on
Apple's new device, but a few big wigs have taken time out of their
busy schedules to weigh in on the device. These are their stories.

- Nokia's Mark Squires, Head of Social Media, was mainly confused by
Apple's statement that it's the biggest mobile device manufacturer,
surpassing Nokia in combined revenue on media players, phones and

31 Jan 2010 - 1:11pm
6 years ago
4 replies
Jarod Tang

Why My Mom’s Next Computer Is Going To Be An iPad

Sent to you by jtang via Google Reader: Why My Mom’s Next Computer Is
Going To Be An iPad via TechCrunch by Guest Author on 1/31/10

Editor’s note: This is a guest post penned by Ethan Nicholas, developer
of the million-dollar iPhone game iShoot and the newly released Kim
Rhode’s Outdoor Shooting. Before the iPad was even announced, Nicholas
was already conceiving his next game with the tablet device in mind.

The Internet is a funny place. After Apple announced its new iPad, I
cringed at the hate being directed its way on sites such as Slashdot
and Digg.

31 Jan 2010 - 11:33am
6 years ago
2 replies
Tammy Rose

TV production room interaction design?

Having spent many years as both an operator and layout designer of
control booths, I would advise getting to know each of the roles. Be
careful to observe how much light they have to work with under
working conditions, what workarounds they currently have in place and
especially, the moments when they need more than two hands. Find out
the best and worst stories: what causes a train wreck and what
careful choreography they pride themselves on when the time pressure
is on.

31 Jan 2010 - 9:57am
Danny Hope

UX Brighton event: Finding your way in wayfinding

(cross posted)

What: an opportunity to learn about various aspects of wayfinding
Where: Brighton, UK
When: Tuesday, February 9th, 2010, 6:30pm (talks start at 7:00)
Cost: free

For more info and to *book your place*, go to

We have 3 talks so far (with 1 to be confirmed)
* Malcolm Barclay – iPhone Travel Apps UX Challenges
* Ben Sauer – How usability testing wins contracts
* Peter Stoner – Opening-up the UK’s public transport data

We’ve been listening to your feed

31 Jan 2010 - 8:51am
6 years ago
7 replies

Sorting buttons... left-to-right, top-to-bottom

IMHO it's more about the spacing between the buttons than about the
arrangement. I would probably prefer the left-to-right version, but
in both cases you should have more space between the columns or rows
depending on which arrangement you choose.

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31 Jan 2010 - 7:19am
6 years ago
8 replies

Future of IxD student???

Hi, I'm Studying IxD.
For this summer I'm looking for Internship around the world in
different companies in different field from Google and Microsoft to
small interactive art and media companies. I realized that the role
of interaction designers may differ very widely regarding the focus
of the companies.. form user interface designer to researcher and
finally to interactive artist. I'm really confused about the my own
future..because in order to get to any of these jobs(for future) one
must learn lots of different tools, approaches, methods.( please
correct me if I'm wrong).

30 Jan 2010 - 6:53pm
6 years ago
1 reply
Neil Cadsawan

Apple Content vs. the rest of the world (was iPad.

The larger issue at hand is the way the iPad handles files in general.
It seems there's no way for files to be shared from app to app
without the need to connect to a network file server.

Your point is fine, but it wasn't the point I was making.

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30 Jan 2010 - 6:31pm

Apple Content vs. the rest of the world (was iPad.

Neil Cadsawan wrote:
> While Apple may have shown the way for the music business to stay
> alive, look at the price we pay. We _have_ to use iTunes to watch
> any video we purchase through the iTunes Store. We put up with the
> DRM in iTunes.

You might, but I don't, and neither do many of my friends. I either
buy/rip physical CDs or buy MP3 or FLAC files directly from artists,
record labels, or amazon.com.

30 Jan 2010 - 7:52am
6 years ago
1 reply
Mohammed Mansoor

looking for research on using pictures of people or faces...pl help.


I'm looking for a research published on the web recently that says
using pictures of people or faces on website does not have an effect
on its users. Users find Websites having pictures to be no different
to websites without them.

Please help me find it. Just to further clarify this is not the
research done with eye tracking where they find the best way to use
pictures of people.

It would be of great value if you could also give your collective
experiences or links to supporting research on this.

29 Jan 2010 - 11:47pm
6 years ago
11 replies
Grady Kelly

Mac apps for a recent convert ...

Hi IxDa folk ...

This may be a little OT.

I have finally switched to a mac. (Thanks to my new employer for
buying it!)

I am guessing that there are a lot of people on the list that use a
mac, and I have a question for y'all ...

As a UI/Ux/Ix Designer, what software should I take advantage of?

I used Fireworks on a PC, so now I am using it on a mac.