Best practices: on-load drop-down selection

18 Sep 2006 - 8:55am
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Good morning,

I'm looking for a best practice for a form heavy web application. Each
page in the application contains a mix of text boxes, drop-downs, and radio
Drop-downs are my main concern: We have no consistent approach to whether
the drop-down is blank, or if it says --Select--, or if it contains the
first item in the drop-down (only works if the field is required)

While I have my own preference and opinion, is there a best practice for

Thank you!

Susan Patrick
User Interface Designer
The Midland Company
(513) 947-6072

"Design is a process - an intimate collaboration between engineers,
designers, and clients." - Henry Dreyfuss, Industrial Designer

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09/15/2006 08:18

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Greetings IXDers,

I am looking for Interaction Designers to interview for an
independent project. I am interested what kind of documents you
produce and how you communicate your designs to product management,
developers or implementors.

i am particularly interested if you do any of the following

* You use a graphics or diagramming tool (Visio, Illustrator,
OmniGraffle, etc) to produce screen mockups or storyboards
* You use UI simulation software like iRise, Axure, Serenia Composer,
stpBA, Lucid Spec, or Intuitech, or any other comparable tool.
* You create UI specifications in some other interesting or novel
way, for instance entirely with paper and pencil etc...

* You work closely with developers to ensure that your designs are
implemented correctly.
* You don't get to work closely with developers and they must rely
only on your design documents.

Ideally I would like to conduct a Contextual Interview as you work or
if that is not doable, talk with you about a specific project that
you worked on recently.
I can assure you that my observations will be kept confidential and
only used to produce affinity, sequence, and cultural models that
can't be traced to the source interview. I will sign any NDA
documents necessary as well.

For your time I can offer good HCI karma and one the following:

* Lunch or Dinner
* A Gift Card for either Peet's, Starbucks, Amazon or Borders (your

If you are available, please respond with the following:

Employer and location
Phone Number where best to reach you

Please describe your design process and a little about an interesting
recent project.

Thank you for your responses.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Brian Williams

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