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Differences HCI vs UCD vs UXD vs ID

Hi All,

Can anyone tell me the difference between these titles

  • Human Centered Design 
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • User Centered Design
  • User Experience Design
  • Interaction Design





22 Jun 2010 - 10:47am
5 years ago
3 replies
Stew Dean

Looking for great examples of customer reviews for ecommerce.

Hi,    I'm looking to collect some best practice examples to feed into a ratings and reviews project I'm working on for an ecommerce site in the UK. Can you think of any great examples - maybe something you've seen or something you've done you wouldn't mind sharing. 

  Thanks in advance for your help.   Cheers
Stew Dean

23 Dec 2009 - 6:28am
5 years ago
5 replies
melanie burke

How can I get the best out of a UX discovery workshop

I'm starting on a project in the New Year where the client has
arranged a 3 hour UX discovery meeting with 20 stakeholders right at
the beginning of the project before I've had any real time to do my
own research.

The client's objectives for the meeting are to define the personas
and user journeys and the first draft of the structure for the site.

After the meeting I will have an opportunity to conduct one-on-one

The project itself is to develop a fairly laborious offline
application process into a streamlined online process.

17 Oct 2008 - 6:12am
7 years ago
41 replies

Interface Design vs Interaction Design

Hi all, I'm new to this discussion group and have been a systems
developer/web developer for quite a while. I only recently heard the term
"Interaction Design" used to refer to those doing interface design.

So, my question immediately was. what's the difference?

5 Dec 2008 - 1:29pm
6 years ago
9 replies
Rob Tannen

Paper Form Design & Usability

Can anyone recommend best practices and guidelines for the design of paper forms - not printed online forms, but stand-alone paper forms, filled in by hand.

Best Regards,

Rob Tannen, PhD
Director of Research

31 Jan 2007 - 1:11pm
8 years ago
4 replies
Josephine Choi

Usability testing software for Mac?

Hi everyone,

My company's working on a new Mac product that we will be doing usability
testing on. We use Morae for our Windows products and like the features it

We're looking to find something comparable for testing Mac software. We are
doing testing on-site, so remote testing software is not necessary.
However, we would like reliable screen capture. Remote observer capability
and real-time marking/flagging would also be nice to haves. For those who
have experience with testing Mac software, would you be able to share your
experiences and process?

19 Aug 2005 - 1:41pm
10 years ago
4 replies
Chaniya Suebsanguan

Usability on "The Fold"

Hi everyone,

I'm doing research on the new "fold" for my company website. The
latest article from Jakob Nielsen looks at Scrolling and Scrollbars
btrela%2Fmoc.tiesu%2F%2F%3Aptth> , and appears to make some good points
about how poorly designed scrollbars can frustrate uses, create
accessibility challenges, and cause people to miss information.

13 Jun 2008 - 10:32am
7 years ago
14 replies
oliver green

Open source wireframe software

Hi All,

Any recommendations for an open source wireframe tool? Something that is
similar to Axure - the license is too expensive for me.


14 Oct 2009 - 5:34am
6 years ago
16 replies

Mega Drop-Down Navigation menus

Hi all,

I’m putting together some recommendations for using mega drop-down


I’m interested in the opinion of the iXDA list on whether the
top-level navigation items should lead to pathway (or landing) pages,
or whether they can simply act as non-hyperlink triggers to the
drop-down (so no hand cursor)?

Also, if there is no pathway page, how should this impact breadcrumb

For instance:

Home > Sports > Windsurfing

- Should ‘Sport

5 Dec 2008 - 2:07am
6 years ago
7 replies
Bart Schouten

Inactive UI elements: disable or disappear?

I'm struggling with an UI issue, so I'm hoping to receive some advice from
you. Imagine a textprocessor (i.e. Word) application in which you can edit
both text and image objects. The interface is clean and simple, only the
most needed functions are available in this app. An advantage of the
limited amount of functions is that they all fit in one toolbar without
cluttering or being miniscule.