Discussion Archive

29 Aug 2004 - 1:15am
10 years ago
24 replies
Andrei Herasimchuk

Re: Make it quantitative when possible, or at least logical.

On Aug 28, 2004, at 10:38 PM, Jef Raskin wrote:

> You miss the point. The criterion is chosen to allow you to compare
> two or more methods in terms of learnability so that you can see which
> is better. How "it tends to go" is irrelevant, as how X or Y does it
> may or may not be how it should be done.

12 Dec 2006 - 10:36am
Jay Morgan

pattern or feature inventory (as in content inventory)

I appreciate the responses so far.

Allow me to reframe this question: I am looking for a method to capture and
present interactive elements on a competitor's site.
I'm thinking of an interaction designer's version of the IA's content
inventory. I want to inventory interactive features, rather than content
and links. Any ideas?

For example, in a previous job I had TechSmith's Morae(R) which would allow
me to capture dynamic aspects of an interaction, or an entire experience. I
do not have Morae now.

26 Sep 2008 - 2:50am
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30 Jan 2008 - 8:16pm
6 years ago
5 replies
John Vaughan - ...

Wii Would Like to Play... Minority Report

Just got this in off the wire from a longtime colleague:

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17 Dec 2009 - 8:25am
4 years ago
16 replies
Don Habas

Long Online Application and Chunking with Several Pages

Hi All.

I'm designing a very long online application for a financial product which spans across several pages. There are some sections which may possibly show a great deal of additional (reflexive) questions for certain scenarios.

For instance, on a page with 10 questions, the way questions 2, 3, 6, and 7 are answered may then show an additional 10-15 questions for each. Originally, I was going to display the reflexive questions under each parent question. However, I think it may intimidate the user and cause them to abandon.

4 Aug 2007 - 11:46am
7 years ago
14 replies
Jarod Tang

interesting article : Why Usability is a path to Failure

From: http://www.usabilitynews.com/news/article4069.asp

> So, why oh why do people in this day age still hold up "usability" as
> something laudable in product and service design? Praising usability is like
> giving me a gold star for remembering that I have to put each leg in a
> *different* place in my pants to put them on. (Admittedly, I *do* give my 2
> year old daughter a gold star for this but then she's 2.) Usability is not a
> strategy for design success.

2 Nov 2012 - 8:29am
2 years ago
2 replies

Is a site accessible if it requires JavaScript?


The Target.com website blocks users who don't have JavaScript enabled. If you turn JavaScript off and visit the Target site, you'll see a modal dialog warning you that "Target.com requires javascript to be enabled." If JavaScript is off, you can't dismiss the dialog box.

It would never have occurred to me to design a site that way, and I've never considered the accessibility implications of such a sweeping move. Is this kind of a website accessible?

28 Feb 2008 - 3:00am
6 years ago
1 reply

Jared Spool Speaking at IxDA Silicon Valley Event, Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Please join us at the next IxDA Silicon Valley F2F for an entertaining
evening with Jared Spool, who will speak about "Magic and Mental Models:
Using Illusion to Simplify Designs."

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

7:00-7:30 pm

7:30-9:30 pm

Yahoo! Sunnyvale Campus
Building C, Classroom 5
701 First Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94089

Magic and Mental Models: Using Illusion to Simplify Designs
Jared Spool

As children, we're told the world is a magical place. Babies are delivered
by storks. The tooth fairy harvests retired teeth in exchange for

22 Mar 2005 - 10:35am
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