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30 Oct 2009 - 6:25am
5 years ago
14 replies
Paul Bryan

Distinguishing between UCD, UX, and usability

A friend and sometimes client told me over lunch this week, "I think
of you as the usability guy." I didn't much care for this, because
I think of usability in terms of activities rather than an identity
to aspire to. It got me thinking about related terms, like "user
experience" (UX), and its cousin, user-centered design (UCD).

15 Jun 2009 - 8:31pm
7 years ago
3 replies
natasha dwyer

examples of practical research Ph.D programmes


I'm undertaking a research Ph.D via a combination of practical and
written dissertation. I'm doing this within the arts faculty of
Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. R.M.IT and Q.U.T in Australia
also offer these types of Ph.Ds within the area of interactive design.

Could someone please advise me of other universities offering similar
programmes? I'm keen to make contact with colleagues undertaking this
type of experience and share insights on what type of standards we
should be seeking when developing practical work in this context.

8 Jul 2011 - 10:17am
5 years ago
5 replies
Susan Mercer

Showing User-Entered vs. Default Values in a form

I'm working with a client that has a consumer-based application to provide energy-saving tips.  There is a long questionnaire, so the system uses a lot of intelligent defaults based on what utility and third-party information the system has access to, as well as local, regional, and national averages.  

So, at first glance, the user fills out a handful of fields and gets energy-saving tips and savings estimates.  But, the more fields that they fill out with real information, instead of the defaults, the better the estimates.

12 Oct 2011 - 4:22am
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.


5 May 2010 - 11:38am
6 years ago
3 replies

Username vs. Screen Name

I'm working on redesigning a website that uses the term "screen name" rather than "username".  Personally, I am more used to seeing and using "username".  The last time I regularly used "screen name" was back in the '90s with AOL.  However, that is just my personal opinion.  I'm curious how others feel about it - which term do you tend to use?  Are "username" and "screen name" exactly equivalent or would you use them differently - e.g. "screen name" for chat programs but "username" for websites?

14 Jan 2011 - 11:41am
5 years ago
17 replies
Preston McCauley

Looking for an updated college list that offer Masters In Interaction Design / HCD - Etc..

I've been searching high and low for a good list of colleges that offer an all Online Only Masters in the UX, UI, Interaction design field.  

Anyone know of or have a list? There was one on here at one time but it doesn't seem to be update.




Also -  I updated my password on the IXDA site, and noticed that it violates the first rule of forms in regards to password. It didn't tell me I couldn't use special characters. Took me several times to get updated, before I just guessed that was the reason it was blowing.

27 Mar 2009 - 3:17pm
7 years ago
55 replies
Nasir Barday

JJG's IA Summit 2009 Keynote

The longer that thread gets, the crankier I get, so I'm starting a new one
specifically to talk about Jesse James Garrett's talk at the IA Summit last
weekend. It's what he wanted us to do, anyway.

Todd wrote

> If you truly believe that, then I don't understand how you could have a
> million problems with JJG's closing keynote.

24 May 2008 - 7:54pm
8 years ago
61 replies
Robert Hoekman, Jr.

Usability = Predictability

"Usability equals predictability."

As in, if you can accurately predict what's going to happen next in an
interaction, it's because the action you're taking is understandable, clear,
logical, makes you feel confident, etc. If you can accurately predict what's
next, the interaction has high usability. If you can't accurately predict
what's next, the interaction has low usability.

Shoot holes in that statement.

10 Jan 2006 - 12:53pm
10 years ago
1 reply
Austin Govella

How do you define successful experience? (was: Information Architect Opening at NavigationArts in Washington D.C.Metro Area)

On 1/9/06, Natalie Buda <nbuda at navigationarts.com> wrote:
> Two or more years of successful experience in information architecture field

How do you define successful experience?

Curious to your answers to this question. Is it experience where you
learned a lot? Where stakeholders were happy?

6 Mar 2010 - 6:59am
6 years ago
50 replies
Ali Naqvi

It sucks to be a Jr. Interaction Designer/Jr. Usability Specialist/ Jr. User Experience Designer

For those graduating in 2008 (When the crisis started), 2009 (when the crisis was at the peek) and 2010 (when almost every 4th is unemployed in Malmö and Copenhagen Area), it really sucked/sucks to be a user centered designer. NO FREAKING JOBS! I was lucky enough to get hired as a technical writer with emphasis on usability....this was my first career job and I learned alot. Its just sad that it lasted for 13 months only.... My employer had to let 35 employees go. I was one of them.