Discussion Archive: September 2011

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Interaction Awards Profiles Janna DeVylder

For the sixth profile in our series on the Interaction Awards Jury, we've interviewed IxDA President Janna DeVylder. Janna is a founder and principal at Meld Studios, an interaction and service design firm in Sydney, Australia. With extensive experience as a designer and researcher in the US and Australia, Janna has led design teams and large-scale projects for higher education, government, financial services, publishing and travel organisations. Janna also serves as the President of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA), where she is dedicated to advancing the discipline of interaction design by bringing together the global interaction design community online, at the annual Interaction conference, at the inaugural Interaction Awards and at local groups in over 100 cities around the world.

We asked Janna two questions, and here's what she had to say:

1- What is your favorite product, digital or otherwise, to use, and why?

I could never pick just one - it would have to be my iPhone (which is my alarm, book, bus schedule, camera, newspaper and connector) and my Moleskine notebook, which allows me to clear my head so I can move about the day with more focus. Ultimately, both are products that augment my ability to be present.

2.  What excites you about being a designer & why do you keep doing it?

One day while out walking, my five-year-old decided to put on his jacket. As he stopped to zip it up, he said, "They designed this really well!" When I asked him why he said that, he said, "Because they made it really easy for little kids to zip up."  This excites me - to be in a time where we can have a more broad awareness and appreciation for the impact products, systems and services have on our lives, and in turn we can expect, and even demand, thoughtful design. I feel fortunate to be in a position where I can see my work impact and transform how people live and work, for the better.  

30 Sep 2011 - 11:01am
4 years ago
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What do you think about this menu?


I've been tasked with reviewing an admin interface for one of our devices. In this interface, there is a very simple menu system. You can take a look at it (sans labels) at the following link:


As you can see, the main menu is color coded for each item. Opening a main item gives you a secondary (and even a tertiary) flyout menu of the same color.

29 Sep 2011 - 5:52pm
4 years ago
2 replies

Qualifications for Interaction Designers

Hello. I'm new to this site (as of 5 mins ago), and I've only recently heard the term 'Interaction Design' and discovered that in-fact this term applies to most of my body of work. I don't have any formal eductaion in Interaction Design specifically, but I have a BFA in Computation Art & Design (where this term was never ever discussed or even mentioned) and I have a diploma in general science with a major in psycology. I've been working in web for only about 3 years so I guess I'm a newbie.

29 Sep 2011 - 5:03pm
4 years ago
4 replies
Sunny Medwed

Accordion checkout forms

Hi all,
Our team is working with a client on their checkout redesign and have been utilizing the single page, accordion interaction model. Our rationale being that

29 Sep 2011 - 1:54pm
Xavier Veyrat

App Cooker is getting better everyday

Here is a great article on our App that will interest a lot of you I hope.


29 Sep 2011 - 1:03pm

The first half of my post (coming after the second

I had thought I had accidentally sent the below before I was finished. But I hadn't. So here it is. 

28 Sep 2011 - 2:08pm

Review of JustInMind

Hi all-

More and more prototyping tools are coming on to the market. To help us make sense of what's available, we are doing in-depth reviews of the top tools. 

We posted our first review of JustInMind: http://id8.com/2011/09/27/prototype-tool-review-justinmind/

Please check it out and contribute your own thoughts to the conversation!


Jason @id8.com

28 Sep 2011 - 5:33am

The next MEX: 7 Pathways to the future of mobile UX

I'm curating the programme for the 10th international MEX (http:

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Interaction Awards Profiles Massimo Banzi

For the fifth profile in our series on the Interaction Awards Jury, we've interviewed Italian interaction designer Massimo Banzi.
Massimo is the co-founder of the Arduino project. He has worked as a consultant for clients such as: Prada, Artemide, Persol, Whirlpool, V&A Museum and Adidas. He spent 4 years at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea as Associate Professor. Massimo has taught workshops and has been a guest speaker at institutions like Medialab Madrid, ARS Electronica Linz, and Doors of Perception Amsterdam. Before joining IDII he was CTO for the Seat Ventures incubator. He spent many years working as a software architect, both in Milan and London, on projects for clients like Italia Online, Sapient, Labour Party, BT, and boo.com.

We asked Massimo two questions, and here's what he had to say: