Discussion Archive

14 Aug 2009 - 8:03am
William Hudson

Half-day courses on Ajax and Card Sorting at HCI 2009 in Cambridge UK

(IxDA members within striking distance of Cambridge in the UK might be interested in the following.)

There are still places on the two half-day courses I am running at the British HCI Group conference in Cambridge on 1 September. They are 'Ajax Design and Usability' (how to get the most from dynamic web pages) and 'Innovations in Card Sorting', a hands-on workshop using examples from real web sites.

They are only £40 each, plus this year - for the first time - you do not have to register for the conference itself.

8 Jul 2008 - 12:59am

IxDA Silicon Valley F2F, Wednesday, July 16, 2008, at Google

Join us at the next IxDA Silicon Valley F2F!

7:00-7:30 pm

7:30-9:30 pm
Psych 101: The Psychological Basis for UI Design Rules
Jeff Johnson, UI Wizards

UI design rules are not simple recipes to be applied mindlessly. Applying
them effectively requires determining their applicability—and
precedence—in specific situations. It also requires balancing the
trade-offs that inevitably arise in situations when design rules appear to
contradict each other.

20 Jun 2007 - 2:29pm
7 years ago
4 replies

Ideas for transitional effects in graphs

Hi -

Our team is exploring ways to effectively show transitional effects in
graphs (i.e., bars, lines, pies, etc...). That is, as the underyling
graph data change in realtime, we want to show the transition taking place,
through animation.

18 Mar 2008 - 11:02am
7 years ago
7 replies
Lukeisha Carr

what helped most in your career? : Dealing with criticism

Hi Everyone,

I've been following the original thread about "what helped most in your career?". Many of the posts are very very inspiring.

I have on spin-off question. How do you deal with the criticism? I'm not talking about polite constructive criticism. That I have no problem accepting & applying. But what about the down right harsh hurtful comments, by peers, managers, &/or end users, when you know you did/are doing the best you can at that time? We all know that some jobs/careers are just not right for some people.

6 Jan 2009 - 1:32pm
6 years ago
1 reply
Dave Malouf

Call to Action: Redesigning America's Future

I am forwarding this from Elizabeth Tunstall whohas done some great
work on trying to create a national design policy here in the US. I
know that other countries have already created design policy groups,
but in the US we haven't, so her leadership in this area is a pretty
big deal.

Anyway, I thought I would forward this on to people's attention.

2 Jul 2004 - 9:15am
Larry Tesler

Menu bar on Macintoshes

Apple's menu bar first appeared on the Lisa.

The mechanics of the Lisa menu bar are described, without design
justification, in an Apple internal memo by Bill Atkinson dated
September 20, 1980. Visit
http://www.applefritter.com/lisa/texts.html. Find "Lisa User
Interface Standards Document". Download the PDF (27 pages, 2.6 MB).

14 Nov 2007 - 10:36am
7 years ago
2 replies
Chris Borokowski

Diagnosing IX in your operating system

>From /.:

"My three pet gripes about GUI software are 1) focus stealers -- you
are typing away in one app and some other app pops up and then you are
typing into some other window that has grabbed focus, 2) Files Save
that makes you start over from the beginning with each program launch
or even each Files Save instead of remembering where you last saved a
file, and 3) programs that lock up the GUI at the least provocation
(yeah you, Adobe -- I dread Web surfing into PDF files, even from a
broadband connection)."


23 Jul 2007 - 4:48am
7 years ago
8 replies
Morten Hjerde

Portfolio questions

I have a couple of questions. Say, in the hypotethical, a-hem, case that I
were to prepare a IxD portfolio that could be presented to a US employer.
There would be some cultural differences (I'm european) and I would want to
steer clear of the worst mess-ups.

1. Where I am from, its expected that you are somewhat modest and you expect
that the reader "reads between the lines". This is of course just a social
contract. Same or different in the US?

2. What about tone of voice? I'm not going to be flippant, but how dry do I
have to be?

3. How big?

William Hudson

Reminder: Navigation & Menu Design Webinar 5 July

(Apologies if you receive more than one of these.)

Reminder: Navigation & Menu Design Webinar on 5 July at 16:30 London Time

The third of our series of Guerrilla UCD webinars is this Thursday (5 July). Whether you and your team are building web sites, intranets or apps the basic principles of navigation and menu design are the same. And while formal information architecture is appropriate for larger projects, in many cases all that's needed to improve user experience is a better understanding of navigation fundamentals.

The webinar covers:

23 Jul 2012 - 3:50am

Virtual tours usability - any research in existence?

Hi everyone; I've got some virtual tours on a business event and conference venue site [http://www.venuebirmingham.com/meet/all-virtual-tours] created that are OK - but that I am aware break a lot of usability guidelines and heuristics...