Discussion Archive: January 2004

29 Jan 2004 - 10:40pm
12 years ago
2 replies
Andrei Herasimchuk


On Jan 29, 2004, at 7:29 PM, Todd R.Warfel wrote:

> What workflows do others use for documentation?

Of course, no discussion about workflow would be relevant without
understanding the content that is being created in that workflow.

IOW, are folks just creating drawings with the most basic of
annotations, or is there more complex descriptions and narrative flow
from page to page with text? Do the drawings need to be repurposed for
the web, as single images each or a collection only to be viewed as a
PDF document? Do images have to be reused individually, or as a

29 Jan 2004 - 10:29pm
Todd Warfel

Workflows [was: How to Get Into ... Best Job Title]

I'd be interested in seeing what other people's workflows are for IA
documentation. We've used several in the past and have found one that
has improved our productivity (more below). But I'd be interested in
the solutions some of you have come up with.

One of the things that improves a product's adoption rate is a product
that supports or mimics existing workflows.

As an example, we recently finished up a great deal of user research
for a set of applications focused on recruiting, selection, and
orientation of new employees, as well as ongoing career development.

29 Jan 2004 - 10:04pm
Greg Petroff

the thread!

Just finished Me++ by Bill Mitchel, former dean of
MIT's school of architecture and "media lab" guru.

Its a good summary of where "architecture" and
interaction are heading toward being one and the same.

Simple read, nicely put together.


Gregory Petroff

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29 Jan 2004 - 8:10pm
Christian Simon

Re: Discuss-interactiondesigners.com 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 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.