Discussion Archive: May 2006

16 May 2006 - 6:15pm
10 years ago
1 reply


I've just been to a talk with Bruce Sterling at Space studio and it
was an amazing experience to meet him. His speech commands such
knowledge about the different fields of study that he has worked on
over the years. After going to this meeting it has helped me and also
changed the way that I use language to describe a particular
technology, improving my understanding of how we can use this
particular technology.

15 May 2006 - 11:01pm
Todd Warfel

Happy Hour w/Lou Rosenfeld and Steve Krug in Philadelphia June 1-2

[apologies for cross-posting]

Come join Steve Krug and Lou Rosenfeld for a happy hour next month as
their tour comes to Philadelphia. Steve and Lou will be teaching
their day-long seminars on web usability and information architecture
at the National Constitution Center on June 1st and 2nd (details below).

Messagefirst will host the happy hour at the Eulogy Bar, a Belgian
Tavern with Olde City charm and 185 international bottled beers and
15 on tap (http://www.eulogybar.com ).

15 May 2006 - 10:52pm
Elizabeth Bacon

F2F Portland, OR - May 24

Hello big IxD Discuss list,

IxDA Portland is having our next Face2Face get-together on Wednesday May
24th, 6:30 pm at Paddy’s Bar & Grill (SW 1st & Yamhill in Portland, Oregon).
We plan to discuss the recent CHI2006 conference which I and others
attended, and generally map out the future of IxD.... ;) Hope to see you


15 May 2006 - 4:03pm
Joy Zigo

NYC-UPA: 5/16, Promoting Usability, + 4 job postings

Scroll down for special offer (bring your boss or other management colleague
for free) and 4 job postings (one more than in previous announcement!)
NYC Usability Professionals Association presents:

Promoting Usability Within Your Organization

Ilise Benun, founder, Marketing Mentor

Sponsored by: Sachs Insights http://www.sachsinsights.com

Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Registration: 6:00pm (refreshments served)
Presentation: 6:30pm to 8:00pm (includes Q&A)
Networking: 8:00pm to 8:30pm

15 May 2006 - 12:51pm
10 years ago
1 reply
Christopher Fahey

Aesthetic craft (was "Elements of InteractionDesign")

Jonas wrote:
> 3. no communal sense of the "aesthetics of use" and no established
> venues for collectively developing such a sense.

When you write "aesthetics of use", I think of the difference in "feel"
between, say, using Flickr and using Amazon.com. The amount of information
per interface, the complexity, density, and compartmentalization of
affordances, the difference in mental models and motivations. Is this what
you mean?

15 May 2006 - 12:38pm
Josh Galban

Factors influencing the resizing of browser windows (was re: browser window size stats/studies)

The browser window size discussion has highlighted a couple of factors that
may influence a user's choice of window size:

1) Difficulty/ease of manipulating windows in each OS.
2) User's overall task sequence.

I suspect there are a few others:

3) Task location - Are users more likely to resize/maximize a window if they
are engaged in a task that is off-center or near the edge of the browser

4) Content type (text vs. images) - Do users resize/maximize more often when
text is the content?

15 May 2006 - 7:57am
A.C.Roibas at b...

Call for papers: ?Future networked interactive media systems and services for the new-senior communities". Ubicomp 2006 Workshop

(Apologies for cross-posting)

Call for papers - June 16, 2006: Submission Deadline (workshop position papers)

“Future networked interactive media systems and services for the
new-senior communities: enabling older users to create and share self authored multimedia content” workshop in conjunction with UBICOMP 2006 – www.sintef.no/ubicomp


Today, the traditional barriers between mainstream and homemade media are dissolving.

15 May 2006 - 1:58am
Jonas Löwgren

Aesthetic craft (was "Elements of Interaction Design")

Dave said:

> Can it be suggested that if we want to move IxD into being
> understood as an
> aesthetic form of design (as visual design is often) we need to
> have an
> educational program (Jonas, maybe you are doing this) that uses
> aspects to
> help draw out an aesthetic craft. Or is our only craft, how to make
> task
> flows and widgets?

In my opinion, aesthetic qualities influence the use of digital
artifacts in profound ways.

14 May 2006 - 7:00pm
Simon Asselbergs

Interaction Design Application Suites?

The problem I have with protoytype tools and GUI framework implementations is that they typically contain a simplified and limited collection of controls. In the world of atoms you can find lots of different knobs, but in the world of bits you will typically find the controls the same collection as +10 years ago. Maybe this is because the programmerism of the days programmers thought they could construct a usable GUI mere by some simple form design tool have not been over yet. 

I don't feel in control when using the modern prototyping tools.

13 May 2006 - 2:08pm
Alvin Tan

OT: Looking for work from home/telecommute job

Hey Guys,

I'm based in Manila, Philippines and I'm wondering if any of the members are looking to outsource some work to a freelancer. I would like to earn income on the side while I'm developing a product of my own. I've been basically doing ASP.NET 2.0 and XHTML stuff now with C# and MS SQL. Prior to doing business on my own, I was working with a Philippine/US based ISV exclusively working on .NET.