Discussion Archive

18 Jan 2005 - 2:10am
9 years ago
12 replies

"surprise and delight"

When major customers walk into a Circuit City location, CIO Mike Jones
wants to whisper customized sales pitches into their ears‹literally.

Jones's scenario is simple: As customers walk into the store, they receive
a very light wireless headset. As they walk through the store, the device
uses sensors to learn where the customer is. When the customer stops in a
certain area, the headset can explain items, present audio from a TV
demonstration and potentially even connect the customer live with a
centralized sales assistant.

1 Feb 2007 - 8:05am
7 years ago
1 reply

Current Research on Redundant Links

Has anyone seen fairly current research analyzing the trade-offs redundant
links (e.g., in-line links with text, as well as, the same links in lists
along the margins of a page)? I'm really looking for research instead of
recommendations from non-researchers.

The trade-off revolves around making it easier to FIND a link when it's
located in multiple places versus making it easier to OVERLOOK a link
surrounded by visual clutter (Hick-Hyman Law,

17 Oct 2007 - 5:34am

interactive exhibition design

Dear Ixda,

i'm currently enrolled in the Interaction Design MA at Interaction
Design Institute + Domus Academy in Milan.
I recently started to work on my thesis project that deals with
interactive exhibition design focusing on "Made in Italy" topic as
project content,
according to the foundation i'm working with as advisor.

I would like to kindly ask you to suggest me some recent projects or
companies that work with interactive exhibitions.
I'm still collecting information, but i guess that this ML would add
some precious hints to my research.

A preliminary collection of

13 Nov 2007 - 5:16pm

IxDA SF: In The Moment: UX research about life instead of just interfaces - Tomorrow Night!

In The Moment: UX research about life instead of just interfaces

IxDA SF returns with its third event in our design tools series. This
month we present Nate Bolt, CEO of Bolt | Peters, as he presents UX
research about life.

Not all UX research is about the interface. It’s about the habits,
moods, location, and motivations of the people using your interface.
Unfortunately, that junk is unpredictable and difficult to measure,
but can make or break the accuracy of your research.

13 Jul 2006 - 10:32am
8 years ago
5 replies
Dan Weese

IxD Advice for Developers

I enjoy reading this list although I don't have much to contribute being a developer.

I have never worked in a shop that had any Interaction Designers. Most of the time we don't even get to do any real design up front. Most of it is Extreme programming, delivering little tidbits as you go, fixing problems later rather than on the front end. We have a brief meeting with the users or decision makers, and are turned loose with a "wish list" and a deadline.

5 Jan 2007 - 4:37pm
Melissa Goldstein

Job: Sr. Interaction Designer at Hotwire.com (SF)

Hotwire.com is a leading discount travel Web site with consistently
lower prices on airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, cruises and
vacation packages. Launched in 2000 with funding from six major
airlines, Hotwire negotiates deep discounts from its travel suppliers to
help sell their excess inventory. Hotwire is a wholly owned subsidiary
of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) and is based in San Francisco, CA. For
more information, visit http://www.hotwire.com/.
Hotwire.com is looking for a full-time senior interaction designer.

20 Nov 2006 - 4:06pm
7 years ago
1 reply

Season of Usability: Call for Student Participation

Are you a design student interested in contributing to an open source project?
Here is your chance! OpenUsability is sponsoring their Season of Usability,
an opportunity for students to participate in an interesting open source
project with the aid of design and technical mentors. OpenUsability is a
world-wide non-profit organization based in Germany whose mission is to bring
usability and open source together.

These projects are mentored by professionals in the industry who are also very
involved in usability.

10 Aug 2009 - 9:47am
5 years ago
7 replies

Your favorite "tour" on a website?

Good Morning,

We're working on a project that has a somewhat complex concept to get across
without using a lot of information. Based on testing we're finding out that
some kind of tour is the way to go to introduce our product to our

We've been looking at Mint.com as a real good example of a tour. I think
Campaign Monitor has a good one too. Do you know of any other sites that use
the "tour" really well? We'd like to look at as many good examples as
possible. Suggestions are appreciated!



2 Dec 2005 - 6:23pm
Kevin Cheng
28 Aug 2009 - 10:34am
5 years ago
1 reply
Adrian Howard

Contract requirements that ensure usability issues are addressed

On 28 Aug 2009, at 07:21, Karen Dee Davis wrote:

> I am hoping one of you has some legal speak you'd be willing to share
> on contract requirements for usability standards. We have a vendor
> whose product has serious experience issues and want to make sure
> they get addressed throughout the product lifecycle.

To be honest - I don't think I'd try that technique. Never seen
attempts to specify usability standards via contract to be effective
in any way.