Discussion Archive

15 Oct 2007 - 9:15am
6 years ago
6 replies
Yang Zhenyi

Should a usability engineer have the knowledge about the professional area related to his products?

I'm working for a software company which provides ERP application. And i
have a question : Should a usability engineer have the knowledge about the
professional area( such as accounting, supply chain management,
manufacture and so on)?

My major is cognitive psychology. When i started my job 2 years before, i
got so frustrated that i even can't understand what users talking.
Because i don't know what exact task they would do with our application. My
education background don't contain those knowledge. Fortunately, I have
some colleagues who are expert in thoese areas.

28 Jul 2007 - 11:14am
Chris Pallé

Fascinating Bit on the Future of {human} Experience

Nice little animation of a futurists thoughts:


chris.pallé, {human} experience
chris.palle at blueflameinteractive.com

3 May 2009 - 12:58pm
amy middleton

Is e-commerce design dead?

Hi Dave. From what I've seen, the disciplines of marketing and
interaction design are often unnecessarily (and unwisely) siloed and
segmented. There are a lot of great sources of information for the
topics you seek. One of my favorites is FutureNow's marketing
optimization blog: http://www.grokdotcom.com/

Brian Eisenberg is very smart about merchandising and
personalization. Marketers are more likely to use the term
"conversion" than "user experience," but the goals, process, and
outcomes are pretty synonymous.

1 Feb 2012 - 4:21pm
2 years ago
4 replies
desiree mccrorey

The multiple faces of a complex business app

Tasked with designs that support porting a complex business desktop app to web and mobile platforms... well, to me it's obvious I will need to break down the desktop capabilities into useful bite-sized chunks that will support the various user goals, task flows, etc.

My expectation is,if the chunks are optimally structured (much easier said than done), then on the desktop, the user can choose to juggle one or more chunks (functions, utilities, tools) simultaneously. As the platforms get more constrained, the number of chunks and how they're made available is more constrained.

9 Mar 2004 - 9:17am
10 years ago
1 reply
Dave Malouf

Re: Role of IxD in Open Source [was: good interfaceexamples for web basedapplications]

Hi Todd,

Open Source (I get really confused when you used OS b/c that means operating
system to me) is a mystery to me.

I mean how do we as IxD just go out and create a design on top of an open
source project? How do we do that w/o also having connection to the kernal
of the application we want to effect? How do our processes for research and
analysis fit into the process of an always moving target of many if not all
of the open source movement?

When I think about throwing my hat in the ring these are the areas that keep
me from jumping in.

11 Nov 2004 - 10:48am
9 years ago
2 replies

Summary: Communicating Permission levels...

(apologies again for cross-post)

Thanks to everyone who replied to my posting:
“Communicating Permission levels in the interface”.

Here’s the question I posted:

My team is working on a web-based application that will be used by several different people, in permission-based “roles”, to manage a financial services account. There will be the “owner” that can do everything, the “proxy” that can do nearly everything, and a “read-only” role.

19 Jan 2006 - 3:00am
Jonas Löwgren

Open positions in interaction design

The School of Arts and Communication at Malmö University, Sweden, is
looking for

- a Doctoral candidate (PhD student, salaried position)
- a Lecturer

in the field of interaction design.

Announcements can be found at http://www.mah.se/templates/
Page____14045.aspx and last date for application is February 13.

Jonas Löwgren

Arts and Communication
Malmö University, SE-205 06 Malmö, Sweden

phone +46 7039 17854
web http://webzone.k3.mah.se/k3jolo

28 Oct 2008 - 1:17pm
5 years ago
1 reply
Jerome Ryckborst

Your field tablet Mr/Ms UX Researcher

A sensor that recognises subvocalization?!

My Google search, define:subvocalize, gives only 2 def'ns:

- Articulate without making audible sounds; "she was reading to herself and merely subvocalized"
- To form words or statements in thought and express them inwardly without uttering them aloud

So: either this tablet can read lips or read thoughts.

Is this a hoax?

-=- Jerome

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16 Sep 2008 - 6:49am
5 years ago
3 replies

cascading / trail navigation

I am looking for examples and studies on cascading navigation concepts
on web sites, using columns to separate the hierarchical layers.

25 Sep 2009 - 4:17pm
4 years ago
3 replies

wording on time and speed

Hi designers,

We have a software that allow user to change their preference on how
fast they want a certain things to show up. The current UI is a
slider with measurement units as milliseconds. e.g. , 500 msec. It's
too technically precise to be understood. I'm thinking to change it
to some simple texts, such as 0.5 second, immediate, or instant.

I wonder if there is some guideline or recommendation of the words
that are better understandable for users?