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5 Nov 2013 - 11:28am
46 weeks ago
6 replies

Seeking Advice on HCI / IxD Masters Degree Program Options

Hi everyone,

I'm about to start applying to graduate programs for September, 2014 and I would love to hear your feedback (and possible recommendations) on my selections. 

A bit of background information:

7 Jul 2011 - 2:32pm
1 year ago
3 replies

Persona creation tools

I am wondering if except for the already well known, whiteboard, sticky notes, markers and large sheets of paper are there any digital tools available to facilitate the collection/analysis of data, creation of personas and of course of scenarios in a shared environment?!

If you are not aware of such a tool, what are the pieces of software that you'd use together in order to satisfy such goals?!

I have found a couple of videos showcasing a prototype for a touch responsive interface created at Stanford that aims at becoming such a tool

14 Jan 2013 - 4:05pm
2 years ago
3 replies
Jessica Boggs

Responsive Product Comparison Chart

We are currently working on creating responsive designs for a web site which provides/sells service-based products. The client wants the designs based off their desktop experience. One of the pages compares the service features in a side-by-side column format. Looks great in the desktop view but it not going to work in the smart phone view.

10 Mar 2009 - 11:57pm
4 years ago
4 replies
Albert Cornelissen

Best practice for for number of items in a dropdown on a web form?

Hello everyone. This is my first post on IxDA. :) I've been
developing web applications for a few years now, and usability has
always been a priority, but I have only really started obessesing
about usability in the last year or so.

A colleague and I had a discussion about the maximum number of
elements that should be used in a (select) dropdown menu on a web

He thinks that fifteen is the maximum. Me? I'm not quite sure what
to think.

14 Sep 2008 - 10:47am
6 years ago
16 replies
Martin Petrov

Drop-down menus disadvantages?

Hi, I'm new to the IxDA list.

Do you know any good research highlighting the disadvantages of using

At my company we're having a discussion whether we should stop using
them for our global navigation due to usability concerns.

7 Dec 2010 - 2:21pm
4 years ago
7 replies

Robust Flowcharts in Adobe CS?

I've been working as an interaction designer for less than a year (student, interning) and have struggled with finding a good tool to use for creating product flows.  Programs like Fireworks and Flash Catalyst are great for making clickable prototypes.  And programs like Visio are decent for creating flowcharts showing the overall organization of an application.  But the two remain largely separated.

11 Feb 2009 - 11:55am
6 years ago
15 replies

To use a colon or not to use a colon after field labels

Could anyone help me on the subject of whether to use colons after field
labels. I have found one accessibility paper and a few other
not-so-respected sources that indicate that colons after field labels
help screen reader users, as well as normal vision users, to expect an
input field. However, after years of including colons after field
labels, our copy dept now maintains that a colon is punctuation and
shouldn't be included after field labels. I've also found Jarrett's, "No
one cares about colons but UX people" and Luke W doesn't mention it in
his book :(.

5 Mar 2010 - 5:20pm
4 years ago
8 replies

Good alternative to accordions?

Can anyone suggest an alternative to accordions that breaks a workflow into chunks but still allows the user to have multiple sections open at a time?

2 Feb 2007 - 11:36am
1 year ago
97 replies

What sets the 'best' interaction designers apart?

Hi all -

In your experience, what qualities set the 'best' (defined as you like)
interaction designers apart?

In hiring, what design exercises have you found effective in identifying the
'best' interaction designers?

Bret Hekking

Food fight? Enjoy some healthy debate
in the Yahoo! Answers Food & Drink Q&A.

8 Feb 2005 - 8:29am
10 years ago
5 replies
Welie, Martijn van

Asking twice for email address in a form


Me and my collegues have a discussion about how to minimize the problem that
people are (apparently) not able to type in their own email address
correctly. In the application we developed for a customer this turns out to
be quite an issue.

One of the possible remedies could be to ask people to type in their email
address twice, just as it is often done with passwords.

However, we wonder how effective this will actually be. This trick will not
help if people 'copy-paste' their email adress.