Interaction Design methods library

6 Feb 2013 - 5:17pm
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Ryan Betts

About two years ago I came across a pretty exhaustive list of IxD methods, with advice on when to use them and examples of implementations. It covered prototyping, interviewing, ethnography research, information architecture, sketching, user testing, research analysis and synthesis, etc. - the whole shebang. It was nothing short of amazing, and yet I didn't bookmark it / lost the bookmark. Every few months I try to find it again. Really hoping I didn't dream the whole thing up. I faintly recall it being curated by a school, but that could be a red herring.

Does anybody:

  • know what I'm talking about?
  • have a similar sounding online resource they turn to regularly?

The resources page on is great for old conference vids, but not so much for glancing over our professional canon tools and methods. Looking for something similar to Dan Saffer's - which is great - but for tools and methods instead. 



6 Feb 2013 - 5:47pm

Ryan, I was just about to post a blog post I wrote recapping the ideas that came out of the Interaction 13 Education Summit and saw your post. Ironic, becuse the problem you are running into came up. I don't have a link to offer, but I thought you might find the blog post interesting:

Good luck, and share with us if you find a solution.

6 Feb 2013 - 10:33pm
Ryan Betts

Well, fancy that. I didn't fly into Toronto in time to attend the workshop, but I was at the last half of the panel discussion. I plan to meet up with Haig sometime soon to chat more about IxD education, though. 

I swear the site I describe above is really out there, but a thousand google search iterations haven't proven me right. This is the closest match.

Great stuff, but I want something that lets me be even lazier. Something like The Noun Project. If no adequate resource turns up, maybe I can rope Haig into helping me build one.

7 Feb 2013 - 6:08am
Haig Armen

That sounds like a worthy project. Sign me up, Ryan. I'd be happy to help build that type of resource. There were a great number of resource ideas for documenting the tools and methodologies of IxD in our Education Summit. We also have a decent number of people coming forward to help with this. I'll start capturing the ideas and putting a plan together on the site.

7 Feb 2013 - 12:19pm
Ryan Betts

Cool. I'm going to shoot you an email.

6 Feb 2013 - 9:36pm
Philip Grimmett

Are you refering to ?

8 Feb 2013 - 2:46pm
Ryan Betts

Not it either, Philip. But that one does a good job of covering the commercial products that UX practitioners may use.

Also, I had no idea there was a certificate I could pay $100 to get. And here I spent all that money on a diploma.

7 Feb 2013 - 5:07am

Hi Ryan,

This might be what you are looking for:


8 Feb 2013 - 2:42pm
Ryan Betts

Another good starting point, but also not it. Thanks for the link, Liz.

7 Feb 2013 - 11:34am
7 Feb 2013 - 12:15pm
Ryan Betts

Close but no cigar, Paul. That's a decent list, but the one I'm thinking of was more current. I think it launched about 2-3 years ago. 

7 Feb 2013 - 1:15pm
José Allona

this one?

7 Feb 2013 - 5:27pm
Ryan Betts

Not that one either, but another good list to pull from. Thanks for the contribution.

The site I'm thinking of had some degree of parametric filtering / tagging that let you drill down to find the method you needed. 

8 Feb 2013 - 3:56am
claudio moderini

maybe this:

good luck

8 Feb 2013 - 7:35am

What about this one:

10 Feb 2013 - 8:14am
Tristan Weevers

Hi Ryan,

In 2011 collected  a number of collections and studied their pros and cons. Some major points that I found is that most of them only 1) provide an alphabetical list which is not (or terribly) searchable 2) incompleteness of the collections and 3) varieing quality of descriptions (if all useful). So I decided to create my own that would solve all these issues in collaboration with the TU Delft: UCDtoolbox. Of course, this is a much bigger project than I anticipated upon back then, but we are now in private beta with 35 methods (of the 200 that I found, so we still have a long way to go), currently finding ways and means for further improvement and development of the platform.

Love to hear about your thoughts on the project and whether my list of collections helps you out.



PS: love the overview of Chauncy Wilson (Autodesk)! One I wasn't aware of :-)

10 Feb 2013 - 6:09pm
Ryan Betts

Very cool. Just sent a private beta request to you Tristan. Looking forward to kicking the tires!

11 Feb 2013 - 1:17pm
Tristan Weevers

Received it and hope to give you access soon! Cheers.

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