Discussion Archive: December 2005

22 Dec 2005 - 11:03am
10 years ago
3 replies
Akanowicz Ron

Assumptions about users (bluecollar=inexperienced?)

This reminds me of a usability test I conducted when working for a large
shipping company back in '99.

We had a man from a warehouse in to test, and after he sat there for
about five minutes doing nothing I asked him if he was alright. He was
very nervous and went on to tell me that the computer in the warehouse
didn't have a mouse, that he wasn't sure how to use it, but then very
defensively told me he did in fact know how to read and that so-n-so
that he worked with couldn't even read. It was astounding.

21 Dec 2005 - 2:38pm
10 years ago
1 reply
Wendy Fischer

Ecommerce web site book recommendations

I'm working on a redesign of a retail commerce web site and was wondering if there are books that people can recommend regarding ecommerce web site and the whole user psychology around "retail".


21 Dec 2005 - 8:54am
10 years ago
1 reply
Dave Malouf
21 Dec 2005 - 1:28am
Gaurav Bhargva

9th IxDA F2F Meeting held at Pune, India 4:00pm-6:00pm, Saturday 17th Dec 2005

Apologies for Cross posting :)


Hi Folks,

This time IxDA meeting was held at CCD F.C Road Pune. Total 6 people attended the meeting. Following are names (left to right in pic.)

Ajit Kirkole (Symantec)

Yogesh Bhide(SAS)

Vivek Kant (TCS)

Mayank (Symantec)

Mathali Prabhu(Symantec)

Gaurav (SAS)

Discussion started with Microsoft Sparkle, what is it and what are advantages and disadvantages of Sparkle.

20 Dec 2005 - 6:59pm
Robert Cornejo

Microsoft Adds Bill Buxton To Interaction Team

MS is adding some firepower to their design team.
Should translate to some good changes and new ideas in
Vista and 3rd party Vista apps.

>From the press release:
"regular visits to the Microsoft Research lab in
Redmond, Wash. He also will spend part of each year
collaborating with various teams at Microsoft Research
facilities in other countries..."

"In 1995, Buxton received the Canadian Human-Computer
Communications Society Achievement Award for his
contributions to research in computer graphics and
human-computer interaction.

20 Dec 2005 - 5:38pm
10 years ago
13 replies
Ockler, Sarah

Assumptions about users (blue collar=inexperienced?)

We posted an internal release about not creating paper user guides for
our Web sites, but creating better instructional content/cleaner process
on the actual site pages. Received this from an internal employee today
about a specific member group (we're a health insurance company) using
our member Web site:
"Their [automotive parts manufacturer] blue-collar work force may not
have home access to a PC and when at work, they rarely (if ever) use the

20 Dec 2005 - 4:53pm
Jon-Eric Steinbomer

Job Opportunity: Usability Engineer Assistant, Full-Time, Blink Interactive (Seattle, WA)

Usability Engineer Assistant

Company: Blink Interactive
URL: www.blinkinteractive.com
Location: Seattle, WA
Position: Usability Engineer Assistant, 6-month Contract, Full Time
Timeframe: Immediate start

Job Description

Blink Interactive is looking for a full-time candidate to fill the role
of Usability Engineer Assistant on our User-Centered Design team. We
provide a growth-oriented environment with a wide range of clients from
Fortune 500 companies to start-ups.

20 Dec 2005 - 10:42am
Michele Marut

Pittsburgh F2f today -


A few of us will be getting together informally today, Tuesday Dec 20.

19 Dec 2005 - 5:43pm
10 years ago
1 reply
Bill DeRouchey

Interaction Design Exercises (Amazon's Gold Box)

I have four guesses.

1. Same as Dave. An awareness tool to show people that there's more than
books and CDs on Amazon.
2. A clearance tool for items that are glutting up the warehouse.
3. A research tool to gauge what types of items customers are -really-
interested in.

19 Dec 2005 - 5:18pm
Anthony Colfelt

Job Opportunity: Information Architect - WA, USA

Information Architect

The Opportunity
The Information Architect is a key member of the Creative Services team,
which designs applications and promotions of all sizes for the
rapidly-evolving Classmates.com. From refining small site components to
completely re-architecting Classmates.com fundamental structure, the
Information Architect is an influential member of the team that shapes how
members interact with one of the Internet's pioneering social software