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20 Jul 2004 - 9:38am

Interaction design vs. Usability -> differencesincompetency

I beg to differ. Usability engineers are not de facto interaction
designers and vice versa.

User research such as usability testing (or user engineers, or whatever
other name we can think of...) is, without a doubt, imperative, but it
certainly is not (interaction) design. It identifies problems, but does
not, except maybe at the most detailed level, suggest adequate

18 Jul 2008 - 1:24pm

[Iai-Members] Retention of URLs in offline media


I don't think people bother remembering URLs at all any more.

9 Feb 2006 - 10:21am
Joy Zigo

FW: NYC-UPA Meeting Feb. 21: Paper Prototyping

>NYC Usability Professionals Association presents:
>Paper Prototyping: Why, When and How-To
>Speaker: Todd Warfel, Partner with MessageFirst, a Philadelphia based
>design and usability firm.
>Sponsored by: Sachs Insights http://www.sachsinsights.com
> Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2006
>Registration: 6:00pm (refreshments served)
>Presentation: 6:30pm to 8:00pm (includes Q&A)
>Networking: 8:00pm to 8:30pm
>Dinner at a nearby restaurant: 8:30p

11 Nov 2007 - 7:06pm
7 years ago
1 reply
wendy constantine

touch screen kiosk accessiblity

Hi folks,

Does anyone have any ideas on how to ensure physical/navigational
accessibility on a touch screen (Apple) display?

I'm working on a design specification and accessibility plan for a
museum in the UK that is particularly sensitive to access issues. So
far, my only thought has been to provide a keyboard or trackball
device in addition to the touch screen.

13 Dec 2007 - 12:56pm
7 years ago
3 replies
Greg Petroff

Board Positions

As a current board member and our treasurer I want to encourage everyone
to consider joining the board, especially colleagues from outside the
US. Board membership is a great experience.

With the help of this growing community we are trying to build a home
for the development of the discipline and a place for each of us to
grow, network and learn.

20 Feb 2008 - 7:10am
6 years ago
4 replies
Dave Malouf

Mind controller?

A company called Emotiv has a mind controller device. Think something and
that something becomes correlated to an action.
it isn't as easy as say the movie "Firefox" ("think in Russian!"), but it is
a start of calibrating brain waves to then say whenever this pattern occurs
do "this" action.

I doubt it is ready for firing missiles, yet.

21 Oct 2004 - 8:58am
Pete Gordon - U...

Slashdot and Portable User Research

Thought people here might have interest in the Slashdot discussion.

Portable Usability Labs As User Research Tools

[Sent this to two lists--ixdg and agile-usability, sorry for the cross

Take care!
Pete Gordon

4 Apr 2006 - 3:38pm
8 years ago
9 replies

Smart Filtering for Usability Requests


This is a very interesting problem that I was asked to find a solution for
from my usability team lead.

Problem: We have a web form on our intranet which different teams can fill
out to request usability work. Currently the form is primarily textfields
asking for information about the project. The different project teams fill
these out without restriction.The team lead is receiving some forms that
have not much of a usability nature to them.

29 Aug 2008 - 7:49am
6 years ago
1 reply
Chicago IxDA4

[Event] Chicago IxDA --Topic: Cultural Probes --Wed Sep 10th

Hello fellow Chicagoans,

Please join us on Wednesday, Sep 10th for our next Chicago IxDA gathering!

Polly Greathouse will be presenting a talk on remote research titled
Cultural Probes. Here is a summary below:

Remote research techniques to empower people to share what really matters,
just in time

When we need to understand real-time, deeply personal experiences observing
from a distance adds value to research. Businesses, design planners and
product designers hunger for revelations about what people really do and why
they do it.

16 Jun 2010 - 4:52pm
4 years ago
2 replies
Forrest Swilling

Re: [IxDA] transition to ipad - no hover - behaviors unclear - ideas?

In terms of the iPad environment, a touch is equivalent to a click in
a desktop environment; there is no equivalent for hover. Conversely,
there are no equivalents for many gestures (e.g., "pinch") using a

As you note, this does require a bit of adjustment in one's thinking
when designing touch interfaces but the rich possibilities make it
worth the while.

Best, Forrest

On Jun 16, 2010, at 4:47 AM, James Page wrote:

> With a touch interface if you hold your finger down is that not the
> same as a hover? While a tap is a click?or have I got this wrong?