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22 Apr 2004 - 2:19pm
Danny Bluestone

The Umbrella, Heller's comments on "A rose


I was wondering how you think the Tech recruitment industry might change? I agree that Interaction is pusing into almost all Web Related disciplines now such as pharma companies, game companies, education, eLearning, the list goes on...

I think its essential that this we agree on a title or even two titles, and then push the discipline to make business leaders, HR managers and CEO's aware of the benefits of Interaction Design (or experience Architects or what you call it) to their business.

22 Apr 2004 - 11:29am
11 years ago
3 replies
Dave Collins

research on surveys

Our client wants to place a survey at the end of customers' transactions
(we design ATM software).

This is not a web-based survey, so design is highly limited (basically,
max 4 prefab options), which is already one strike against it.

Can anyone provide wisdom and/or point me at some design principles for

22 Apr 2004 - 10:44am
Dave Malouf

FW: IDML Update: "Language!" (on behalf of CD Evans)

-------- Interaction Design Meeting London 01 ---- Late Event Notes

mrettig at

(Ok, special Thanks to Kevin Cheng for the quotes form Mark and Edgar Aromin
for his linked sketches, both taken on the fly at the meeting.

22 Apr 2004 - 9:51am
Dan Saffer

Human-Centric (was The Umbrella)

On Apr 22, 2004, at 8:49 AM, Dave Collins wrote:
> If we don't only design for humans, who else do we design for? Other
> automated systems and animals are the only examples I can think of. (Or
> are you thinking of meta-entities such as groups of people?)

To say that we are human-centric or user-centric is to say that
individual humans are at the center of everything we design. This is a
good philosophy to have and certainly better than what came before. But
it isn't the only one and it's a little narcissistic :).

22 Apr 2004 - 8:17am
11 years ago
9 replies
Jim Hoekema

The Umbrella

Jim Hoekema wrote:
> But if "Usability" is the word that gets us our jobs or gets our work
> noticed, maybe we should promote the term "Usability Design" as distinct
> from Usability Evaluation and Usability Testing. It's a buzzword, but it
> conveys just as much about what we do as any other term -- maybe more,
> it focus on the goal of the activity.

We've already got user-centered design to cover that one.

21 Apr 2004 - 8:28pm
Jim Hoekema

The Umbrella...

> >For me "Interaction Design" is almost there, although "Interactive
> Design"
> >sounds broader to my ears, and more parallel to Graphic Design or
> >Instructional Design or Industrial Design.
> Well...

21 Apr 2004 - 5:51pm
Beth Mazur

The Umbrella, Heller's comments on "A rose by any other name"

At 7:57 PM +0100 4/21/04, kjnarey wrote:
>I was under the impression that the 'umbrella' was decided collectively as
>'interaction design' - hence the gloriously cosmopolitan and diverse brood
>we communicate with on this list.

Not for me. This gloriously cosmopolitan and diverse IxD brood may be filling
in a hole that isn't served by an existing organization, but from my perspective
it is more on a par with AIfIA...a group that has both "big" and "little"
aspects to it.

21 Apr 2004 - 3:09pm
Andrei Herasimchuk

The Umbrella,Heller's comments on "A rose by any other name"

On Apr 21, 2004, at 11:57 AM, kjnarey wrote:

> I was under the impression that the 'umbrella' was decided
> collectively as
> 'interaction design' - hence the gloriously cosmopolitan and diverse
> brood
> we communicate with on this list.

That would be news to me. Interaction Design as far as I'm concerned
does not have the breadth of what it takes to do digital product
design. And let me be clear....

20 Apr 2004 - 3:08pm
11 years ago
18 replies
Andrei Herasimchuk

The Umbrella, Heller's comments on "A rose by any other name"

Of all of the comments on B&A recently, I found this one to be spot on:

"To me what is missing is not a definition of IA. I'll stick w/ the one
that AIfIA put forth on their web site, but what is really missing is
what is the umbrella. There is no one working there. No one is working
to create a viable unconfusing umbrella for all of us. We are so stuck
in defining the particulars what we forgot is the first rule of
taxonomy (what's his name Lineus?) that you need to know your parents
before you build your children, right?

20 Apr 2004 - 8:44am
Giorgio Venturi

SURVEY about UCD: closing on the 10th May

I want to thank all of the people who already participated in the
"SURVEY about User-Centered Design in the industry", endorsed by
IOP-MMI and Decis Lab.

The survey is still running until the 10th of May. I would like
to encourage UCD practitioners to fill in the survey.

Best regards,

Giorgio Venturi

Marie Curie Research Fellow HCI & HF
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