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2 Dec 2007 - 7:49pm
Robert Fraher

Interaction Designer: A Critical Analysis (grad school project)

My name is Robert Fraher. I am a graduate student at the University
of Minnesota pursuing a Masters of Fine Art degree in Interactive

I am currently finishing a research paper in which I have applied
Murray and Ozanne’s (1991) Critical Theory method to two questions:
1) Why is the professional title of interaction designer not broadly
understood throughout the business environment?

3 Aug 2004 - 11:41am
9 years ago
2 replies
nspraker at com...

Windows Control - Status indicator

I am working on a development project for a Windows application (not web-based). The target audience is an average Windows user that will be using the application for 6-8 hours everyday. The application allows the user to perform many different business tasks. Each business task could contain several steps. I am looking for a Windows control that will allow the user to quickly see what step they are in within the business task. However, I do not want to go with a Wizard approach since it will slow down the user and speed is critical.

12 Apr 2006 - 12:50pm
8 years ago
2 replies

Usability vs. Marketing (was 'R&D' vs. 'mainline')

I've thought about this some more, and this really comes down to the 'usability
/ marketability' issue. What have others' experiences been with this issue? My
company is almost exclusvely marketing-focused. Getting to end-users for
'real-world' usage info has not been easy. We rely almost entirely on our sales
organization as surrogates for them.

What arguments can I use to challenge this mindset?

22 Mar 2005 - 11:35am
9 years ago
4 replies
Dan Saffer

Re: Metaphor

On Mar 22, 2005, at 10:59 AM, Adam Korman wrote:

> Although software isn't human it engages our human emotions but
> because it has complex behavior like humans. So, it's really too bad
> that it follows its own machine logic... wouldn't it be nice if
> sometimes computers followed human logic? That would be refreshing.

They can't. They aren't human. Thus they have to be designed to present
themselves as though they had human motivations and behaviors. One way
of doing this is via metaphor. "Dialog" boxes pop up to ask you

8 Jun 2010 - 11:02am
4 years ago
8 replies
Craig Melbourne

Designing for a TV screen

I'm doing some design research for a client who offer a Video On Demand service in the UK. Currently, the service is predominantley available in a desktop browser environment. Sensible, they are now starting to get the service on to televisions via the slew of devices able to do this (games console, internet ready TVs etc...).

I've been asked to provide a 'best practice' design guidelines document based on existing IxD models to give them a strong base to start their design work. With particular interst in:

30 Aug 2011 - 10:45am
Agradoot Ghatak

The cultural impact on choosing a type face.

Designers often use different fonts to depict mood or theme for various subjects such as sports, business, comic, horror, fun etc. . . Do we have any best practices about choosing right fonts for conveying those moods? What are the cultural aspect of choosing a type face while designing for different country and culture? Is there any research to know - how people in different part of the world react seeing different fonts or type face?

5 Jun 2008 - 7:15pm
6 years ago
1 reply
Michele Marut

EVENT: IXDA Pittsburgh June Meeting: An evening at Fit Associates

When: Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Refreshments and Networking: 6:30-7:00 PM
Presentation and Discussion: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Post-event Mingle: 8:30 PM onwards

Topic: "Making a Difference"
As interaction designers, we all want to see our work go to market, be loved
by its users, and make a positive difference in their lives.

9 Jul 2008 - 9:38am
6 years ago
3 replies

Usability testing a build and supplementing it with paper mocks

I'm currently in the process of usability testing a build. The build
consists of a lot of functionality but some of those parts are not
connected to the main navigation. People can still access the
functionality but not from the correct places.

I'm considering providing the user tasks to complete and filling in
the missing flow pieces with paper mocks.

24 Mar 2006 - 4:01pm
8 years ago
1 reply
CD Evans

Event: Local IA Summit Breakout

Hello IAs!

Hope you can make it to the Local IA Summit Breakout during the
conference in Vancouver.

Here's the Evite link to confirm you'll be coming:

It's an informal on sunday evening, of food and/or drinks, where Local
IAs will bring work for discussion.

8 Feb 2006 - 6:46pm
Scott Spears

Job posting: Usability Engineer / Interaction Designer - Symantec in Roseville, MN

Usability Engineer - Symantec Corporation

Location: Roseville, MN
Position Type: Full-time
Web Site: http://www.symantec.com/ <http://www.symantec.com/>


As an Interaction Designer, you will work with a family of technically
complex cross-platform enterprise products on a rigorous development
path. Analyzing business requirements, you will define user