Discussion Archive

9 Oct 2009 - 5:29am
5 years ago
4 replies
Chris Bierbower

Advice for IxD Grad Student

Hi All,

I’m an American doing a graduate program in Interaction Design in Australia
and I was hoping to get some advice on what I should do with my American
winter (Australian summer) to be prepared for the “real world” of
Interaction Design.

Interaction design is obviously an incredibly broad discipline. The skills
I’m most interested in mastering are those related to designing new
interfaces or designing new user processes (like checking in at the airport
for example).

17 Jan 2006 - 1:32pm
9 years ago
2 replies
Warnke, Larisa

Call Center Application Research

I am about to embark on several call center application projects.

In most cases I have the ability to do research and interviews on legacy
applications and their reps. I am look for existing information on these
types of application re-designs. Case studies, white papers, user research,
best practices...I¹m not finding a lot on my own.

Any input will be appreciated...Thank you

Larisa Warnke | Sr. User Experience Architect | Carlson Marketing Group |
p. 763.212.6158 | c. 612.201.8877 | AIM: larisalw | YM: larisa_warnke

15 Jul 2009 - 3:46pm
5 years ago
1 reply
16 Nov 2007 - 10:52pm

IxDA NYC Design Studio Event Recap

Hi IxDers,

This is a delayed recap. On October 25th we hosted a new kind of event in
NYC in a design studio format rather than our normal presentation style. The
event was a success and we wanted to share with you in case you want to do
something similar in your area.

A short recap of the event:
A group of 30 designers came together one night and worked together for 3
hours in a studio setting.

26 Jan 2007 - 11:03am
8 years ago
6 replies

Flash vs. Flex

I'm guessing Dave will have an opinion on this... :-)

I'm having a hard time deciding whether to stick with
Flash (our current prototyping tool) or move to Flex.
I purchased Flex, and it seems powerful, but at the same
time, it was a little more difficult to create an interactive
prototype. Also Flex lacks any layout guides, rulers, etc.
that are present in Flash.

But, if Adobe is moving in the direction of focusing Flash
more on Animation and Flex more on interaction, applications,
I don't want to be left behind, and wonder if we should
invest further in Flex now to be prepared.

6 Sep 2006 - 8:54pm
Gabriel White

Design games

I've been running design games with my team over the last few months,
and wanted to share my experiences and find out what other things
people are doing.

The objectives of the games have been:

- Help better understand design process
- Improve design criticism skills
- Get better at designing under pressure
- Get better at designing collaboratively
- Mode switch - focus on something that's not related to our daily work
- Have fun!

The games are structured around a 20/20 rule - 20 minutes working in
pairs, then 20 minutes together as a group (six people total plus me).

The structure is a van

23 Nov 2006 - 9:42pm
8 years ago
8 replies
Esteban Barahona

Bookmarks Managment Brainstorming

The Internet has evolved, lots of information from many different websites
and broadband have changed how we deal with bookmarks. It is common for some
netizens to have 1000+ bookmarks. However it still uses the old (but widely
tested) "folder-file" metaphor. Websites are information, so this aproach
isn't that far off. Meta-data and automatic scripts can be used to clean and
manage this lists of websites.

Why not make a brainstorming about how to improve Bookmarks Managment?

- Embedding common attributes in "names" have being done before. In Unix a '

21 May 2007 - 3:59am
7 years ago
12 replies
Björn Simonson

"web 2.0" prototyping


I'm curious as to how members of this list prototype "web 2.0" sites. How to make a prototype for user testing short of actually making a functioning site?

I currently work with Axure RP (on web 1.0 sites) and feel that it might not be the best tool for the job, but I can't think of anything better at the moment either.


Björn Simonson

14 May 2009 - 12:08pm
5 years ago
5 replies

Double search boxes? Best practices?

I'm working on a directory site that has company listings (that have
to be searched), discussions, and white papers. We have the issue of
the double search box i.e. search the company listings in the top
right corner, and discussion search in the middle. Are there any best
practices out there around that?

17 Apr 2008 - 9:50am
6 years ago
6 replies
Thomas Marks

Card Sorting Software

As a primarily e-commerce/call center based store, we do not have much
opportunity to utilize customers for in house studies such as card
sorting. I have found a few online solutions through Google, but I
wanted to reach out to the community and see if anyone could recommend
something better.

Thank you!

Thomas Marks