Discussion Archive

2 Nov 2007 - 11:22am
7 years ago
14 replies
maya gorton

Hourly rates?

Hi there,

How do you calculate hourly rates? Is there a formula that can help you
extrapolate from a yearly salary?

I have a freelance job that's 20 hours a week for the next 3 months, working
remotely--I feel I should charge less than I would for a short-term project
but more than I would for a full-time gig.

What do you think?

Can anyone give me a clue about industry standards in New York for a Senior
IA and/or Creative Director?

I'd be happy to hear anyone's experiences with this.

Thanks for your help!
m a y a

29 Jul 2005 - 4:42pm
10 years ago
16 replies
Mauro Cavalletti

Ethnographic research methods


I am looking for structured methods of ethnographic field research (video or
not), or other types of research methodologies to get insights on users
behavior in context.

Does anyone have experiences that could be shared? I would like to know pros
and cons if possible.

Thank you all.

Mauro Cavalletti
Creative Director
Organic, Inc.
New York

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17 Jan 2011 - 4:56am
4 years ago
4 replies
Sean Pook

Relocating to Europe - Visas and sponsorship explained + great opportunity

For those who have read on the site - apologies, repost due to email list being down.

Hello everyone,

Happy New Year to you all.

So then, as part of my job I speak to hundreds of folks based in the EU who ask if I have roles for them in the US or Canada etc, and vice versa. My answer is invariably no, not due to a lack of opportunities, but due to the lack of the candidate having a correct work visa or the hiring firm not sponsoring said visas.

10 Mar 2009 - 5:50pm
6 years ago
10 replies
Marty DeAngelo

Standard font size

I know that there was a discussion on this list a while back, but I'd
love to get a more recent update as to what people feel is the best
'standard' font size for an average audience. We are currently in
a bit of a debate with a client about their 'standard' font size.

Their guidelines dictate using 14px Arial / 13px Verdana for content,
which we feel is too large. We feel that a 12px Arial / 11px Verdana
standard is more reasonable to most users (in essence, using the 75%
base font adjustment from the browser standards and then using ems
from that point forward).

11 Aug 2009 - 8:27am
6 years ago
11 replies
Jack L. Moffett

Current Design Topics

I'm preparing my design seminar for the Fall semester, which is a
masters-level course. The last time I taught this specific course was
2005. I assigned readings on the following subjects:

Design Certification
Offshore Outsourcing
Design & Business
Formal Education vs. Self-taught
Design Ethics
Design Leadership
Making a Business Case for Design
Experience Design

Many of these are still relevant four years later, but I want to keep
the discussions contemporary. If you were picking current topics for
students to read, write about, and discuss, what would they be?

26 Jan 2009 - 6:34am
6 years ago
9 replies
Mike Padgett

Displaying telephone numbers: how do you do it?

Hi, all!

International telephone numbers. We've all worked with them, we all love them! What do *you* do with yours?

Here's an example.

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.

1 Jul 2009 - 3:55pm
6 years ago
5 replies
Andrea Richeson

Interview Questions for Persona Development

As part of an independent study project (U Texas iSchool student),
I'm developing personas to help guide the BBA site redesign efforts.
I have access to a wealth of demographic, survey and web analytics
information and also plan to speak to the undergraduate program
office about their perceptions of the site and its users.

Please send your advice about what questions to ask (undergraduate
business school students) when doing interviews for persona
development. I hope to tease out user goals and behaviors.

6 Jun 2008 - 2:56pm
7 years ago
10 replies
jason zietz

what would you call this, a submenu, subtab, or something else?

Apologies if this has been discussed before, but I couldn't find
anything related in the archives. I checked my Designing Interfaces
book as well and came up empty, so now I seek the guidance of the


What would you call "Current Design" in this example? Clearly "Design"
is a tab, but "Current Design" and its siblings don't look like tabs,
though they do *behave* like tabs.

20 May 2010 - 8:27am
5 years ago
6 replies

Ergonomics / UX / Human factors / Interaction design / Usability specialists : I get confused



I'm french and I work as what we call an "ergonome". I'm a bit confused about all the terms that are used to speak about "UX/usability/interaction" related jobs in the english speaking world : I read things about "Interaction designers", "Human factor specialists", "User experience specialist", "Usability specialists", "Information architects", and I'm... lost.