New issue: interactions magazine

2 Jul 2009 - 7:31am
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A new issue of interactions magazine has been published. You can
learn more on our site, at

This issue includes a great cover story from Victor Margolin, as well
as some great articles like:

Time, Temporality, and Interaction
Sus Lundgren, Theo Hultberg

The Golden Age of Newsprint Collides With the Gilt Age of Digital
Information Distribution
Elizabeth Churchill

One Year of Experiences with XO Laptops in Uruguay
Pablo Flores, Juan Pablo Hourcade

"Paper-in-Screen" Prototyping: An Agile Technique to Anticipate the
Mobile Experience
Davide Bolchini, Diego Fernando Pulido Ramirez, Anthony Faiola

I hope you enjoy this issue, and as always, if you want to write for
the magazine, please get in touch.


2 Jul 2009 - 10:18pm

I've used collapsible panels when it was imperative to have all inputs on a single page. Those sections of inputs that were non-required or less frequently used are collapsed with only the section title displaying and the expansion control. The common or most used input sections are expanded by default.

However, if it is not absolutely a requirement to keep on one page, separate into logically organized, smaller pages and use a multi-step, bread-crumb style indicators.

I've been through some usability testing ton this topic (one "mega" page vs. multiple smaller pages) as there was client fear that too many pages in a web app would decrease conversion, but the consensus was that "stepping" it was preferred by the majority of users.

One of the key reasons had to do with the input validation process. If the form was very long and required significant scrolling, the propensity for missed inputs (errors) increased and if the ability for the user to locate the offending field was impaired. Also, with long forms, "jumping" them to the top of the screen or offending field was a jarring experience (took control away from the user) when page auto-scrolled.

31 Aug 2009 - 7:30am

Hi there,

A new issue of interactions magazine has been published at - articles are listed below. And in
case you forgot, interactions magazine is proud to offer a discount
just for IxDA members, and you are officially a "member" if you are
on this mailing list. You can subscribe to interactions print and web
magazine for $40, which is $15 off the standard subscription rate, by
visiting the following URL:


interactions: Looking Broadly to the Future
By Jon Kolko

Research Automation as Technomethodological Pixie Dust
By Elizabeth Churchill

We Are Living in a Sci-Fi World
By Steve Portigal

Anything Is a Fridge: The Implications of Everyday Designers
By Ron Wakkary

Citizen-Centered Design (Slowly) Revolutionizes the Media and
Experience of U.S. Elections
By Jessica Friedman Hewitt

In Search of Models and Visions for the Web Age
By Virgilio Fernandes Almeida

Myth of the Design Process
By August de los Reyes

No Pain, No Gain: Pleasure and Suffering in Technologies of
By Bernd Ploderer, Peter Wright, Steve Howard, Peter Thomas

Transcending Disciplinary Boundaries in Interaction Design
By Eli Blevis, Erik Stolterman

Web 2.0 in Government
By Francesca Barrientos, Elizabeth Foughty

Building Support for Use-Based Design Into Hardware Products
By Tim Misner

Data Mining For Educational "Gold"
By Shalom M. Fisch, Richard Lesh, Elizabeth Motoki, Sandra Crespo,
Vincent Melfi

Old School, New School: Teaching Interaction Design In Manhattan
By Alex Wright

Reflections on the Future of iSchools from Inspired Junior Faculty
By Jacob O. Wobbrock, Andrew J. Ko, Julie A. Kientz

Systems Thinking: A Product Is More Than the Product
By Don Norman

The New Energy Interface
By Peter C. Honebein

The Six Habits of Highly Effective "Humanitarian" Projects
By Gary Marsden

On Creation and Consumption
By Jon Kolko

8 Sep 2009 - 12:19pm

Hey Jon, didn't see it mentioned here but Thanks for the link and for
the work you guys are putting into the mag. In this age of pixels
it's good to have a periodic, tactile resource on IxD to turn to
(and collect). - F

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