Discussion Archive

26 Jul 2008 - 11:34pm
6 years ago
13 replies

Design of forms on web vs paper

I've been involved in a few debates about this question lately and
would like to write an article summarising the different positions.
It would be great if you could spend a few minutes emailing me or
posting your personal position on the following query:

"As a matter of best practice, should forms on the web be designed to
look like their paper equivalents? Why/why not?"

I recognise that this is a fairly "open" question but there are lots
of different ways that one could come at this issue and I'm keen to
hear about them all!

15 Feb 2010 - 4:28am
4 years ago
6 replies

Using ellipsis in menu, context menus or buttons

i have a question about when i should use ellipsis for commands in
menus, contextual menus and buttons in desktop applications (in

Sadly, the guidelines of microsoft and mac osx are different about
this topic.
I have found some interesting links in the web but nothing could
answer my questions...


Microsoft writtes, that ellipsis should be used, when:

"Proper use of ellipses is important to indicate that users can make
further choices before performing the action, or even cancel the
action entirely.

11 Aug 2011 - 6:07pm
3 years ago
6 replies
Chris Rink

Decision Tree vs Decision Table

I am currently working on a project where we need a method of creating conditional logic and execution. We are currently stuck between two types of implementations.

The first is more of a decision tree implementation. Each condition has a yes and a no clause and the statements can be nested. (decision-tree.png)

11 Aug 2009 - 7:27am
5 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?

6 Jun 2008 - 7:00am
6 years ago
72 replies
Fred Beecher

iRise sues Axure for "patent infringement"


I really hope anyone considering iRise reads this before making their final
decision. We're a fairly small community and in general we all play well
together. Given this, it is *amazing* that we have a choice of tools to use.
So this kind of blatant and reprehensible grab for market share (see below)
should not go unnoticed.
Disclosure: While I do not work for Axure, I do have a formal agreement with
them to do training for their clients when they request it. Also, I am
admittedly an Axure fanboy.

26 Feb 2009 - 4:28pm
2 years ago
5 replies
Kivi Shapiro

Toronto educational resources

Hi all,

On the heels of Maurice's question about UI/UX/IxDA groups in Toronto,
and Matthew and Mario's excellent answers, I was wondering what formal
UI/UX/IxDA educational opportunities are available in Toronto. I've
checked our list archives, at
http://interactiondesigners.com/topics.php?topic=education, and done
some web searching. What I've found so far is listed below; has anyone
had experience with the below courses and programs?

9 Jan 2009 - 2:43pm
4 years ago
13 replies

Photoshop tip needed - automated cropping multiple images

Hi folks -

I have about 30 screen shots that I need to crop at exactly the same x,y
location and with exactly the same dimensions. Actions in CS4 is failing
(not passing x,y origin but passing dimensions - UGH). Any tips on how to do
this another way?


6 Apr 2009 - 7:42pm
5 years ago
1 reply

IAS09+IxD09 = RedUX DC

You couldn't attend Interaction '09 in Vancouver because you are on a
TSA watch list.

You didn't attend IA Summit '09 because Memphis BBQ doesn't sit well
with your new healthy lifestyle.

Join us and some amazing speakers for the first ever combined IAS'09 +
IxD'09 Redux DC.

We are planning an IAS09+IxD09 Redux! We have invited a number of
fantastic people in the UX community from DC, Richmond, Philly and NYC
to come down to the nations capital for a half day presenting
condensed versions of their talks.

17 Dec 2008 - 3:40pm
3 years ago
60 replies
R. Groot

Interaction Designers: What is your elevator pitch?

Interaction Designers,

how do you introduce the work you do when you have a social introduction?

Curious regards,