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29 Jan 2004 - 8:10pm
Christian Simon

Re: Digest, Vol 4, Issue 55

> Using a computer is out of context for
> grocery shopping since once does it in their office typically, and the
> web browser is a significantly clumsy interaction model to begin with
> to do your shopping in the first place. What WebVan needed...
>Andrei siad:

Agreed, this is a better relationship between the computer and the user. You
can take the person out of the office but can u put a computer in the
refrigerator? There needs to be more effective ways to communicate with
computers other than with pointers.

29 Jan 2004 - 8:09pm
10 years ago
11 replies
George Schneiderman

Resume question

Hello everyone.

I'm a recently laid-off interaction designer, currently looking for
work (in NYC).

Several people have advised me to put a "technologies" section on my
resume, including the programming languages used on the projects I've
worked on. I'm a bit reluctant to do this, because I don't want people
to misconstrue it as implying that I know these languages, nor do I
particularly want to put in a disclaimer stating that I don't really
know them.

29 Jan 2004 - 7:19pm
10 years ago
3 replies
Nathan Vincent

: The Dock

Ok... What is it that makes The Dock actually good? I mean *good*, not
just "people can use it because we aren't all morons"...

Nathan Vincent
Infosys Technologies Australia
Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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29 Jan 2004 - 6:12pm
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

29 Jan 2004 - 5:47pm
10 years ago
2 replies
Casey Jones

IxD education

Can we create a web resource for IxD education?

I like to think that most people are like me - with the exception of decades
of study we'll never be experts in all the relevant fields. But with a bit
of guided instruction, we can become knowledgable in all or most relevant
areas, and we can become superior in 1 or 2.

29 Jan 2004 - 5:06pm

Wireframe Tools (Canvas). Was: How to Get Into ... Best Job Title

Just a side comment before we get back to our currently scheduled heated
discussion (or is it a flamefest now?).

> On Illustrator, yeah, I've heard the argument "Illustrator wasn't meant
> for multiple pages, InDesign was..." That's all well and good, but
> there's a very large audience using Illustrator for IA work. InDesign
> wasn't meant for drawing. What do you do when you have 80 drawings that
> you need to send to a client in a PDF? Make 80 .ai files and import
> them into InDesign - that's a workflow nightmare.

29 Jan 2004 - 5:04pm
Dave Malouf

ADMIN: Digest options (complaints received)

Hey there IxDers!

So funny, someone asked me about a month ago to look at the digest
functionality of our list and give him/her some advice about how to make it
work better for them. It was the first time I subscribed as a digest user
(never really saw the point if I have a folder w/ a filter; same effect,
better results) and realized what was happening.


29 Jan 2004 - 4:52pm
10 years ago
3 replies
Andrew Otwell

Re: aesthetics and objectivity

Bob Baxley wrote:

> I definitely take exception to this statement on two fronts. First, visual
> design is NOT subjective -- unless it's decoration, in which case it's not
> design.

29 Jan 2004 - 4:46pm
Andrei Herasimchuk

Quick Note

Quick note to everyone.

I am notoriously bad about proofing my messages. I can see after
reading back through my messages I'm doing "classic Andrei," which is
to say trailing off sentences, leaving out whole words, and not fixing
the numerous grammar and typographical errors. My apologies.

I tend to do a lot in the day, and cram email in between meetings and
other projects, so I tend to overlook these flaws more often than I
should. One of these days, I'll learn how to type correctly. (I type
using only five fingers, three on the left hand and two on the right.

29 Jan 2004 - 4:44pm
10 years ago
1 reply
Andrew Otwell

re: aesthetics and objectivity (was :: How to Get Into ... Best Job Title)

On Jan 29, 2004, at 10:52 AM, Todd R.Warfel wrote:

>> I would agree that Google is hardly a UI masterpiece from a visual
>> design perspective...

Why should it be? How and why might you change it?

One could say that Google, like eBay (and arguably like George W. Bush)
has a brand that explicitly minimizes sophistication and complexity.
Appearing not just straightforward, but a bit unsophisticated may in
fact be appealing to many users who equate subtle design with
"fancyness" or "highbrow".


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