What is IxDA? What is this group?

25 Jul 2011 - 3:41pm
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Justin Davis

First, welcome! I'm happy to see you're interested in IxDA!

You may be wondering what this is all about: what is IxDA? What is Interaction Design, anyway? How is this different than UX or UI design?

What is IxDA? What is Interaction Design?

To get a quick primer on Interaction Design and IxDA, I encourage you to take a peek at the About IxDA page

How is this different than UX or UI? What about IA or industrial design?

This graphic from Dan Saffer (author of "Designing for Interaction") explains the overlap of these various disciplines pretty well.

What is this group about?

This group is designed to help advance the Interaction Design and User Experience Design communities in Tampa Bay and central Florida. We'll be meeting regularly starting in August 2011. The nature of these meetings will be determined by the group, the needs of the community, and the resources we have available. Educational events, speakers, workshops, collaborative projects and field trips are all ideas that are currently being considered as part of this group's activities. If you have ideas for ways interaction designers in this group can learn from and connect with each other, please let me know.

I look forward to meeting everyone soon - thanks for your interest in interaction design!

- Justin Davis
IxDA Tampa Local Leader


29 Jul 2011 - 7:04am

Thanks for setting this up Justin! So excited that the UX community is growing in Tampa. HCI is increasing exponentially and that means IxD needs advance just as fast. Can't wait to share ideas and hear others' trials, tribulations, and successes!

First topic (i know its not great, but something to discuss): Bing vs Google

Autosuggest obviously became way popular with search, but what about instant results like google has? good? bad? It seems to save a step, but the autosuggest dropdown looks like its hovering over content (visually) so i think its covering up stuff (it most likely isnt, it just looks that way)

And does anyone filter/refine their search results when its not a physical product site?

I'm helping redesign my company's site search and have compared probably 50 sites. Curious what others find good and bad in search boxes and search results.

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