Discussion Archive

1 Oct 2008 - 3:11am
6 years ago
4 replies
R. Groot

Shoppingcart vs shoppingbasket

Hello all,

I have short question. Do any of you know of any good argumentation for when
to use a 'shopping cart' and when to use a 'shopping basked' (both image
and/or term) in an e-commerce website.

I myself would think that the choice would depend on whether you expect
people to buy a lot (cart) or few (basket) things from your store. Any

Kind regards,

11 Mar 2009 - 3:54am
4 years ago
7 replies

A long page with scroll v/s Tabbed Page?

Can anyone refer me to some material that explores, what are the
heuristics of when to use along page with scroll v/s Tabbed Page?

14 Oct 2009 - 6:34am
5 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

1 Oct 2009 - 1:05pm
5 years ago
106 replies
Chris Ryan

Article on Number of Usability Test Participants

I have been looking, unsuccessfully, through back issues of interactions magazine for an article, published a few years back, written I believe by someone from Microsoft as part of a debate about statistical significance in usability testing. There was something of a debate about testing with large numbers of users, and this article, as I recall, made an eloquent case for sticking to six to eight participants. Does anyone remember this? Perhaps I'm wrong in recalling that it was in interactions.

20 Jan 2004 - 10:27am
11 years ago
4 replies
FelcanSmith, Mark

Wireframes and Use Cases

I'm working with systems analysts who are familiar with use
cases and only recently have been introduced to wireframes. They
are used to receiving business requirements and then developing
use cases out of those.

There is some debate on when is the appropriate time to
introduce wireframes into the process. My reponse was, it
depends on the project.

14 Nov 2008 - 2:10pm
49 weeks ago
17 replies

Interaction Design Career Path

Hi all.... I can't remember whether there was a conversation about career
paths in our realm, so I thought I would start one. Currently I am a senior
IxDer and starting to plot out my career path. Would love to hear from
those who were in my shoes before that made the transition to the next step.
I'm curious as to not only your personal view on the career path, but the
employers' view on career paths in this realm too.

"Art provokes thinking, design solves problems"

w: http://www.davidshaw.info

16 Nov 2009 - 11:41am
4 years ago
18 replies

MS in Interaction Design, Usability, User Research, User Experience, Information Architect

Hello Group,

I am back again with the same request. As, I have been looking for
the college and university to continue master degree in Interaction
Design, Usability, User Research, User Experience, Information

My curiosity is...

1. Whether the courses are available under one roof or need to learn

2. Anyone knows the particular college or university where i will get
the above courses?

3. Any member in the group has completed master degree in information
architect? And, in which college? Any link?


20 Aug 2008 - 10:15am
6 years ago
18 replies
L.A. King

Designing a "query builder" for advanced search

Anybody out there ever built a interface that helps users build an advanced
search query? I am currently working on a site that has over 5 million
articles, and search is the primary way users find this information. A lot
of these users are librarians and they know how to do complex Boolean
searches on various meta data fields. Currently, the search engine is
optimized for this type of user, which is completely ignoring the user who
does not know how to construct these complex queries.

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.

31 Dec 2013 - 12:28pm
1 year ago
5 replies

Name Top Agile UX Consulting Firms

Hello all,

I'm looking for a "short list" of top consulting firm recommendations (Boston, NY area preferred, but US-wide is ok too) to consider from anyone who has had direct experience working with such firms that have really proven their worth to introduce and foster transormative work practice around Agile UX for web design/development teams. To help frame the scope of the consulting, I'm envisioning a 5-8 day cross-discipline/stakeholder workshop and educational service focused on agile UX and collabortive web product design/innovation.