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29 Mar 2004 - 3:21pm
10 years ago
15 replies
nyckiep at

Usability in the home

Is anyone out there working on usability in the home? I'm especially
interested in usable kitchens. I have yet to encounter one. I seem to
find a lot of work surrounding 2 dimensional interaction...what about 3
dimensional interaction with the environment? There is a lot of support
for office workspace ergonomics but what about domestic workspace


28 Mar 2004 - 7:48pm

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26 Mar 2004 - 2:43pm
H Taylor

Re: Agile User-Centered Design

First let may say that this whole discussion sparked by the Beck/Cooper
debate has been *really* fascinating.

What I thought was ironic about the discussion was that in some ways, Kent
came off more as thinking like a designer than Cooper did. Specifically,
central to XP is that it's an iterative process. This is a large part of
what I learned in Architecture school; develop a design by evolving it in
iterative passes.

24 Mar 2004 - 11:45am
10 years ago
27 replies
FelcanSmith, Mark

Agile User-Centered Design

Using [ID Discuss] Cooper Vs. Beck, as a springboard...

I'm in a development environment where an agile methodology is
being practiced. There is considerable interest in the
methodology; both in terms of how it differs from what was done
in the past, and can it be successful moving forward. The
company has relied in the past on outside agencies to provide a
user-centered design methodology.

The current project is kind of a blend of the two, agile and
ucd. However, the outside agency, the ucd practitioners are no
longer on the project and we've really just begun the pilot

24 Mar 2004 - 4:30am
10 years ago
4 replies
Sarah Brodwall

Cooper Vs. Beck

I'm not sure if this article has been discussed here before, but I would
very much like to hear your opinions on (see also

I'm studying interaction design with a focus on IA, while my husband is an
outspoken proponent of agile software development methods.

23 Mar 2004 - 8:57pm
Dave Malouf

FW: ADMIN: Topics (was RE: Issues raised at London meet)

hey there folks,

sorry I didn't jump on this earlier today. I should have. The topics that
david raised are all good ones.
If the topics were meant to be specific to the londoners I suggest that the
people who led the london discussion have another less formal face 2 face as
follow up for IxDers who are interested in meeting again in London to talk
about those issues.

If the topic was meant for a wider international discussion, this list is
not the appropriate place for this discussion.

23 Mar 2004 - 1:14pm
10 years ago
1 reply
David Clarke

Issues raised at London meet


Firstly let me say I very much enjoyed last nights London meeting.

Two issues were raised by various people that I would like to hear more

1) Who in the group is interested in software and who is interested in
all kinds of interaction, including washing machines?

2) Secondly, are people in the group looking for a project to produce,
for example, some product or research / practice insights? Or / And are
people looking for a community that supports one another and provides a
forum for discussion?

23 Mar 2004 - 8:58am
10 years ago
8 replies
Dan Saffer

Design by Committee (was OSD)

Something that hasn't really been talked about in our discussion on
open source design is the fact that by advocating open source design,
you are basically advocating design by committee. A group of people
instead of one person will provide the vision and direction for a

My open questions are: Is this a bad thing? Have we moved into an era
when individual designers matter less?

22 Mar 2004 - 2:56pm
Ashu Thakur

Re: Blow up the mobile phones

Hi Kaushik

That was a good article. It was enlightning about future trends in mobile phones and computing. Also it is becoming more and more evident that the future trends in mobile will shift from more technlology to usefulness of the products as well as how can it catch and bring up subtleties in human behaviour and relationships.

Mayank Shekhar
Software and User Interface Design
National Institute of Design

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22 Mar 2004 - 9:42am
10 years ago
1 reply
Narey, Kevin

Project tasks - estimating


Perhaps it would be helpful to all if we all agreed on a standard task list
that we could all use for estimating on jobs. Obviously each project has
it's variables, but broadly speaking, our tasks are the same. So - here's a
short generic list to be added to with your help, so that we can all use it
as a reference in the future.

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