Discussion Archive: August 2006

16 Aug 2006 - 8:41am
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Paul Sherman
2006

Complexity, learnability, efficiency... (WAS: Common design mista kes?)

[Cindy said]:

Their designs are innovative but sometimes complex. For example, we are
debating a design that a designer came up recently: a dropdown list that
contains checkboxes, OK, Cancel, Clear, Close buttons for a simple search
function.

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The main product my team supports uses this type of design *everywhere*.
(Sans checkboxes though...) Most people on the UCD team - including me -
were new to the product; I formed this team in January of last year. Us
newbies invariably had the same reaction the first time we saw this
overloaded drop-down:

"Yuck!

16 Aug 2006 - 7:57am
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Kyle Pero
2005

Extended Early Registration Pricing! - PHICHI Workshop: Hot Topics In Interaction Design -- Taught by William Hudson

**Apologies to those that have received this announcement more than once**

EARLY REGISTRATION PRICING FOR THE PHICHI WORKSHOP HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL
AUGUST 25TH!

Please *do not hesitate to register* as seats are limited:
www.syntagm.co.uk/design/phichi.shtml

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September 6, 2006
PHICHI Workshop:
Hot Topics In Interaction Design

Ajax - Usability & Design

* What is Ajax?
* How does it work?
* How does it differ from other web technologies?
* What are its strengths and weaknesses for usability?
* How do I apply Ajax effectively in design?

If you are losing sleep on any of t

15 Aug 2006 - 2:27pm
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Dan Saffer
2003

Reminder: Designing for Interaction Book Party TONIGHT in DC

If you are in the Washington, DC area, I hope you'll join me for the
East Coast book launch party TONIGHT from 7-9 at Nanny
O'Brien's, 3319 Connecticut Ave NW.

http://www.irishusa.com/nannys/

I'll be signing (and selling!) books and Adaptive Path will be
graciously paying for the Guinness!

15 Aug 2006 - 2:01pm
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7 years ago
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Chris Hallenbeck
2006

Testing across environments

Does anyone know of a technique or a piece of hardware that will allow
for testing designs across networks of different bandwidths and
latencies?

My group designs and tests for a hosted web application that uses very
heavy pages loaded with functionality (e.g. context menus).
Understanding how our designs and technical implementations affect
interaction with users across diverse environments is critical. Any
help you can offer is appreciated.

Christopher D. Hallenbeck
DemandTec, Inc.

15 Aug 2006 - 8:21am
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7 years ago
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Vishal Subraman...
2005

Gratuitous use of AJAX

Check out HiDefDVD.com (from
http://www.thinkvitamin.com/features/ajax/responsible-asynchronous-scripting).
The article has some good info on when to/ not to use AJAX (wrt interaction
models). I'm not an expert on this, but I'm starting to have to deal with
this on a regular basis.

15 Aug 2006 - 3:57am
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7 years ago
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Peter Boersma
2003

Alert systems

Kavini Mehta said:
> Could someone guide me to any material that would help me understnd
> alert/notification systems.

I have a feeling that if you add "ergonomics" to any search query, you'll
find enough material. Traditionally, alert systems have been the object of
study for a lot of ergonomics students...

14 Aug 2006 - 7:43pm
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andersr
2005

NYC IA Meetup, this Wed., 8/16

It's time again for the monthly NYC IA Meetup. Regardless of if
you're a veteran or new to information architecture, stop by Bryant
Park in midtown Manhattan this coming Wednesday evening for informal
discussion and to make new contacts.

More info at
http://ia.meetup.com/14/events/5032540/

Hope to see you there!

- Anders
NYC IA Meetup Organizer

14 Aug 2006 - 11:34am
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Dave Malouf
2005

ADMIN: Subject lines (was Re: (no subject))

Hi Gang,

Can I ask that people please be sure to add a subject line to their
message? This is obviously a helpful measure for everyone.

And yes, if you are replying to someone who made a mistake it is better
to add a relevant subject line than to leave the thread without one.

Thank you!

-- dave

14 Aug 2006 - 10:30am
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7 years ago
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Barbara Ballard
2005

Fitt's law for mobile devices

I've been working on articulating some of the theory behind mobile UI
design, by examining current algorithms and heuristics from the entire
field. I'd like some feedback (blog post at [1]). I've got further
analysis with specific design recommendations at [2], but that is a
topic for a different message.

Mouse driven interfaces (software) – the "large" controls are the
edges of the screen, as they are really infinitely large in one
direction. Corners are larger still. Thus frequently used items should
go around the edges.

14 Aug 2006 - 10:13am
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7 years ago
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SusieComet
2006

Best conference?

It's budget time again!! I get to pick one conference. In your expert
opinion, which conference will be the best to attend next year? I am an
interaction designer/ user interface designer. I have attended the Nielsen
Usability conference for the past 2 years, but I'm wondering if CHI 2007
would be a better fit.