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21 Apr 2011 - 8:03pm
3 years ago
3 replies

<5 minute student usability survey

Hi all, I am doing some simple research on the interaction of browser interface button frequency and labeling.

29 Jan 2004 - 5:12pm
10 years ago
2 replies
Peter Merholz

Really, You Should All Just Shut Up

and read

Designing for People by Henry Dreyfuss.

And relish at how it was pretty much all figured out about 50 years ago
(well, written about then... I'm sure he was practicing as such long
before then). Process, terminology, skills, etc. etc.

I've been (slowly) writing my thoughts on it on my site

22 Jan 2013 - 3:46pm
1 year ago
1 reply

Nonprofit site redesigns

Hi all!

Just joined ixda, so hello to everyone..

I'm embarking on a website redesign with a nonprofit that works with enterprise to incorporate sustainability practices. I'd like to do internal stakeholder interviews to discover what their expectations/ higher end goals are for the new site.

Does anyone have experience with this kind of interview (I've mostly done end-user contextual interviews for consumer products), have input on how to communicate with stakeholders, what kind of questions yield the most valuable anwers, etc?

1 Apr 2012 - 4:20am
2 years ago
3 replies

UX Breakthrough - the AH-HA moment

Does anybody have any success stories to share about succesfully getting the company they work for to implement UX considerations into the development process and perhaps create a UX department that oversaw all of this?

Little bit of backstory:

I work for a small software development company (70-80 devs) that develops software for scientists in a niche market. We are growing very nicely. We have big communication issues but because "everything is fine", efforts to take UX more seriously are mostly ignored.

12 Jul 2006 - 3:12pm
Chant, Mary

discuss Digest, Vol 34, Issue 10

This study was helpful to me in similar circumstances:

Hi all,

Do you know some "big" numbers on usability?

I'm looking for generic statements (with references) like these
fictional ones: "50 000 people died over the past decade due to poor
usability in medical equipment" or "90% of fatal aircraft accidents
are caused by inadequate design" or "long-term company success
significantly correlates with

27 Oct 2003 - 10:13am
11 years ago
1 reply
Dave Malouf

admin-reply-to now goes to poster

Please note that reply-to on the new list now goes to the poster and not to
the list. You will need to do "reply-all" to send to the list. This was done
after we had a # of requests for this.

17 Jun 2009 - 10:03am

examples of practical research Ph.D programmes

The Media Arts and Sciences program at the MIT Media Lab is where I
got my MS and PhD degrees. The program is highly oriented toward
synthetic (making) rather than analytic (theorizing) degrees. More or
less, if you can't demo it you can't graduate with it.

I'm pretty sure few people would regard what the Lab does as
"practical," though. The practical side-effects are really

Hope that helps,

15 Apr 2007 - 11:53am
7 years ago
2 replies
Nasir Barday

NYC IxDA Social Event: Thurs. April 26th

Hi Everyone,

We're taking a break from our monthly speaker series to get people together
at our favorite spot in SoHo: Eight Mile Creek!

Eight Mile Creek (downstairs)
240 Mulberry Street (btw. Prince/Spring)
Thursday, April 26th at 6:30pm

Food will be provided courtesy of the NYC IxDA. No RSVP required.

See you then!
Nasir Barday

31 Aug 2005 - 3:05pm
9 years ago
28 replies
Dan Saffer

The Role of the Page in Web 2.0

I've been mulling this over for a while. "Page" as a metaphor for an
html file works perfectly well when what is being displayed is fairly
static (even if served up dynamically). But now with all the AJAX/
Flash/Flex Web 2.0 stuff starting to take off, what happens to the
humble page? Clearly the metaphor isn't as valid anymore, but what
(if anything) should replace it? Screen?

Once pages (screens? cells? slides?) start updating dynamically,
either on their own or based on user input, we're going to get a lot
of confused users, I'm guessing.

2 Nov 2005 - 12:26pm
Bruce, Aaron

Senior UI Designer- Seattle - Amazon.com -Full-Time

> Senior UI Designer - Amazon.com - Seattle
> Amazon.com is seeking an enthusiastic, innovative designer skilled in the areas of visual, user-interface, and web-specific design to join the Retail Design Team. The Retail Design Team is responsible for the customer experience on the web site, specifically as it relates to our various product offerings. You will be responsible for designing the usability and aesthetics of new product lines on our Website, as well as enhancing existing features and developing new features.