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23 Sep 2014 - 1:27pm
Michele Vospett...
12 Oct 2011 - 3:22am
4 years ago
21 replies

Why do designers prefer Mac instead of Windows

Why do designers prefer a Mac instead of the Windows platform?

Probably it is an old topic but I still need to know. I've read substantial amount of blogs, comparisions and write ups on this topic and most of them says there are no big differences between working on a Mac and working on a Windows based PC. However, as I look for universities and colleges across the US which offers Design degrees, especially Interaction Design and Media Arts, almost all of them ask the student to get their own Mac systems.

So please share your views on this.


18 Mar 2008 - 1:00pm
7 years ago
11 replies
Elizabeth Buie

Terminology: import-export or upload-download

Mona Singh writes:

>Has anyone done any user studies on the use of terminology like
>import-export or upload-download. Is one of the options more natural for

As I have always used them they mean different things, so both are appropriate in their contexts.

Upload/Download refers to location -- e.g., you upload to a web site and download to your laptop.

Import/Export refers to format -- e.g., you export from Word to RTF, or you import a CSV file into Excel.


15 Apr 2009 - 12:22pm
6 years ago
19 replies
Alan Cox

Password Strength Requirements

Does anyone have any evidence, anecdotal or formal, about how
different password strength requirements impact the usability of a
web-based application?

There's a spectrum of different strength requirements. I've seen
sites that don't have any requirements, other than the password

24 Apr 2008 - 7:08am
7 years ago
4 replies
Archana Rao

HCI / Interaction Design- The difference?

Hiya !

First of- a heads up on my background:
I am from India.I have graduated with a degree in engineering- compScience.
I work as a QA engineer for the UI component of the Virtual Center at VMware
.I am a very creative person with great analytical skills.I have decided
to pursue a career in Interaction design.
I am trying to figure out which program I fit in best.Im looking for
programs grounded more in design.I seldom code and don have a flair for it.

*Can someone enlighten me about the Difference between Human Computer
interaction and Intercation design.*
*And what exactly do you mean b

15 Sep 2008 - 8:40am
7 years ago
76 replies

Next & previous button order

As discussed by LukeW in Web Form Design, it's best to have the primary
action of a form be the first button that the user sees. For left-to-right
languages this means having the primary action on the left and any secondary
actions on the right (see A in this illustration
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosenfeldmedia/2366430953/ ).

28 Nov 2007 - 8:39pm
7 years ago
4 replies
Matt Nish-Lapidus

design patterns for list sorting and filtering


I'm working on a project where users will have potentially large lists
of items, sometimes personal collections, sometimes search results.
Each item in the list will have a number of fields, but not always
displayed in discreet columns, some of the data will be merged into
sentence form and some in shared columns.

I want users to be able to sort and filter the lists and I'm looking
for some good example of complex sort and filter interfaces. eBay was
a good starting point, but I'd like a few other examples.

Does anybody have any good live examples?

3 Mar 2010 - 3:49am
1 year ago
12 replies
Alex Morris

Centred Layout Vs Left Aligned

One of those old chestnuts that keeps rearing its head in discussion with client and/or the visual design team.

Left aligned (fixed width) sites are evil right? ;-)

Anyone got any evidence to the contrary?

Love to hear your thoughts.


12 May 2010 - 8:59am
5 years ago
2 replies

Searching for UX principles for designing an Arabic language website

I'm sat here in Doha [Qatar] in the middle of a week of user-testing an English/Arabic travel website. One concern for our design approach is to not just "flip the text RTL" for the Arabic translation. We'd really like to actually do something meaningful for the Arabic version [yes, its early in the project and our hopes flourish].

Primarily I'm trying to find UX principles for designing an Arabic language website. From both Western and Arabic-based UX practitioners. Articles, thoughts and examples on designing Arabic language websites.

19 Sep 2014 - 2:20am

UX at emails

There are lots of discussions of the usability of the email clients. But not much about the email itself. For example let's discuss the 'disclaimer'. I understand that some companies have concerns and needs it. But it is not useful in a thread and as a customer I don't need to read this disclaimer everytime. Are there any examples to make it better?