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27 Jun 2011 - 8:24pm
4 years ago
14 replies

At a crossroads

I'm at a point in my life where I know I want to do ux design after doing web design for so long an then reading about usability testing etc 6 years ago. But my issue is I'm tired of working for orgs who say they care about their customer but don't do testing to even know what their customers want from them. So, do you guys know of places in Pittsburgh that focus on hcd and value it for themselves and their clients? I'm kind of fed up with working for people who don't get it.
14 Jan 2007 - 4:13pm
Donna Maurer

IA Summit 2007 - program is available and registration is open

IA Summit 2076 -- "Enriching IA"
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
March 22-26, 2007

The program is up and registration is open! See:

The Information Architecture Summit is a premier gathering place for
information architects and for discussion about information
architecture. Everyone who touches on IA is welcome to share and learn.

4 Feb 2009 - 3:59pm
7 years ago
4 replies

CRM system for a UX team?

Thanks to everyone who responded to my earlier question. Here's another one.

Has anyone had experience with using a CRM system (preferably a free
or low-cost one) to manage customer/user contacts within a UX team?

My team currently uses an Excel spreadsheet stored in a shared
repository. Keeping it up to date is a painful experience. I'm
thinking that there must be a better way.



2 Jul 2007 - 9:04am
8 years ago
1 reply
Grady Kelly

ixd deliverables ...

I am curious to know the types of deliverables that other designers here
deliver as part of their process, etc, how they are used, and how helpful
they are to the people who get them. I currently deliver hard composites (a
png of a design), working prototypes (working html, css, javascript), what I
have been calling "user stories" (a walk through of the interaction that the
user goes through to complete a task), and UI documentation that describes
how things should work at the developers point of view so that they can have
a clear understanding of how to build things.

31 Aug 2007 - 10:21am
Stew Dean

Fix screen and more than a screen of text: Should I paginate vertically or horizontally?


This is one of those 'pattern' issues.

I'm setting out interaction styles for a TV based service and I'm
covering scenarios where there is quite a bit of text (given that
we're also saying 'the less text the better). From a usability point
of view I know I'm goig to say 'don't put text in a scrolling box'
(fine for T+Cs but not for help text or stuff you want folks to read).


The alternatives is you have 'pages' of text which, using the remote
control, you page through. So the text may be 4 pages (that's not much
text but the font size is nice and chunky).

20 Jan 2007 - 12:42am
Esteban Barahona

IxD is about Human Interaction, nothing less nothing more

do you all want to make a collective essay? I will edit it with web-type...
floating divs, etc... but keep it on this thread (you can make a new
colective essay, but I may or may not edit it... )

*casts colective urban tribal drumming*

Let's see:

computers have keyboards. We know the story of this device. The qwerty one.
and the "answer", dvorak. both are chaotic... without purpose.

I propose

Using voice recognition software instead of keyboards. That will be way
fast, and natural. Like speaking to machine so that machine "just types for
you"... no slaves.

23 Jun 2009 - 9:48pm
IxDA Board of D...

Announcing the "Give a Little Back" Day 2 WinnerS!

I am happy to announce that out of 143 contributors, Penny Hagen is the
winner of the complimentary pass to IDEA2009 (http://ideaconference.org),
and Pradeep Nayar is the winner of a complimentary pass to interaction'10 (

Will you be a part of the Day 3 pool of contributors?

12 Feb 2009 - 8:27am
Marc Rettig

[announcement] Designing Work Worth Doing, Pittsburgh, Feb 21-22

Fit Associates is hosting a small (20 people) workshop in Pittsburgh,
working jointly with Lauralee Alben of Alben Design. With just a few seats
left and only a week and a half before the workshop, we are opening the
invitation to anyone who feels that these two days will be important to

We are gathering a group of people who are engaged in work that is intended
to affect positive change in the world, who on the doorstep of such work, or
who are exploring ways to shift their current job into an act of

14 Jul 2008 - 5:24am
7 years ago
7 replies
Steve Baty

statistical significance


To be honest, unless you've got just two audience segments (personas) then
I'd suggest you look at whether or not you can talk to all of them in some
form. Barring that, I'd suggest around 10 users per estimated persona. As a
minimum, I'd be aiming at 24-30.


2008/7/14 Elizabeth Parham:

> - apologies for posting this in the wrong place the other day, was trying
> to
> do things in a hurry :-(
> Hello,
> I have to do a proposal including timings for a solution in which there

31 Jul 2013 - 10:29am
2 years ago
1 reply

Are there ways we can help/engage our local community with our design skills?

So I was just looking through my twitter feed and saw a public collaboration from a couple of local visual artists, one of which I know from his academic work, and I was thinking how great it is that he can share the fruit of his work with the community. 

It got me wondering if there is anything that we as UX or Interaction Designers can do in the same way. It's obvious that most of what we do is not consumable in such a passive way as purely visual arts, but surely there is something we can do.