Discussion Archive

7 Dec 2010 - 3:21pm
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.

8 May 2012 - 9:59am
2 years ago
4 replies
Julie Blitzer

Prototyping with OmniGraffle

Hi all,

I realize there isn't much talk on this list about how to prototype with OmniGraffle, so for those of you who use it to make your wireframes and deliverables, you may find this post I wrote useful: 


Feel free to comment (on the post is probably best) with any follow up questions.

3 Feb 2010 - 5:42pm
5 years ago
15 replies
Richard Carson

Interaction Design vs Interactive Design

Hi Folks,

I am trying to understand and there are some confusion between the two. Are they the same field of design? Is there a clearly defined difference between the two?


9 May 2006 - 1:45pm
9 years ago
4 replies

Ethnography - Frameworks

Dear All,

I am looking for resources around frameworks for data collection and data
analysis during ethnographic studies.

For e.g. one such framework is POSTA:

P - Person
O - Objects
S - Situations
T - Time
A - Activity

So "Person" for e.g. in POSTA means follow a person around understanding
what are they doing, why etc. Looking for more...

Alok Jain

14 Aug 2008 - 7:52pm
6 years ago
26 replies
Michael B. Moore

Basic time tracking and invoicing for a solo consultant

I'm neck-deep in looking at various options for doing basic time tracking
and invoicing just for me, not a whole agency. I've wasted a ton of time on
this and figured I'd tap the collective wisdom here.
Up until about a year ago I used a pretty simple timer on my Treo and an
Excel spreadsheet for the invoices.

30 Sep 2010 - 3:02am
3 years ago
22 replies

Need advice for starting a career in UX/Interaction Design.

Hello everyone,

I'm having a lot of trouble getting a job in UX/Interaction Design.

I've seen a lot of discussion with people in the same situation as me, but I'm wondering what I'm doing wrong or what I could improve on. (specifically in my case)

Here are the things I've been doing/done...

I've recently graduated with an HCI major at the University of Washington. I've taken as many classes I can with design, interaction design, user experience, etc.

20 Apr 2010 - 3:44am
4 years ago
22 replies

Prototyping tools: Axure (on Mac) VS Fireworks VS Flash Catalyst VS ???

Hi all,

For one of our clients I am asked to create a 'clickable demo' for usability testing. I've started this thread to ask you guys what tools you use/prefer/advice to create clickable demos (including arguments would do best). The project is about a recruitment section of a corporate site and will include pretty much dynamic content and some flash elements.

12 Mar 2010 - 6:34am
5 years ago
5 replies
Cathy Wang

Telecom Self Service (Web & Mobile)

Hi Everyone.

I am doing an impossible research. Currently I am trying to find out how all the different telecom self-service portals work. As it's almost impossible for me to be a customer for all mobile carrier (around the world), I am asking the community to help.

This thread can act as a resrouce gathering for pattern study in telecom self-service. (if we manage to gather enough screenshots) I think this would be benefitial to everyone as this is not just a portal, not just a website, but more of a service design on the web.

18 Mar 2008 - 2:00pm
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.


21 Apr 2008 - 3:05am
7 years ago
1 reply
Manish Govind P...

Functional Testing Vs Usability Testing ?

Where unit tests deal with checking for coding errors
at class levels, functional testing is more from an
end users perspective. But the major difference
between a functional test and an usability test would
be the lack of design principles to evaluate for and
having the users perspective while designing the
functional testing criteria themselves.