Discussion Archive: August 2007

23 Aug 2007 - 1:11pm
9 years ago
4 replies
White, Jeff

Feature-driven development vs user-centereddesign

>I have to ask... why does it have to be one or the other or one over
>the other? And why does it even matter if they are the opposite of
>each other, if that's even true?

Agreed. My perception of "feature driven development" is that you build
the product incrementally, one feature at a time. Hopefully the first
feature you build is the most important one. This does not mean in any
way that the feature can't be a result of solid UCD research.

My shop is Agile right now, and we're making UCD work.

23 Aug 2007 - 1:03pm
White, Jeff

Headers for internal biz apps

My huge IxD squad here at work (and by huge, I mean there's a whopping 2
of us) mainly work on consolidating all of the company's apps onto a
single RIA platform. This platform is made up of 'modules' that each
serve a different business function.

The question of headers for each module has come up recently, and I'd
like to hear some opinions on this to add to our debate. Some of our
modules have a header, some don't. For the ones that don't, it's pretty
much the browser chrome and then the app itself.

23 Aug 2007 - 12:20pm
Elaine Garvey

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23 Aug 2007 - 10:36am
9 years ago
3 replies


Hey everyone,

I am relatively new to this group and found it really fascinating.

I want a head start in the ID area and was wondering how the CUA program
is as a start.

23 Aug 2007 - 10:07am
9 years ago
1 reply
Dave Malouf

dux07 conference registration and invited speakers announced

Conference on Designing for User Experience
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Early registration ends October, 1 2007

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23 Aug 2007 - 9:57am
9 years ago
8 replies
Michael Micheletti

Feature-driven development vs user-centered design

A few days ago in another thread, I believe it was Will Evans who mentioned
something to the effect that feature-driven development was the opposite of
user centered design.

I've been thinking about this for a few days. A bit spooked, actually, as I
work in a feature-driven shop that hasn't completely turned the corner into
UCD. Every so often I yank hard on the wheel, but the ship turns slowly and
all the sailors are very busy.

>From my vantage, a designer can have a positive impact on products created
in a feature shop. The controls can have sensible names and locations.

23 Aug 2007 - 9:46am
9 years ago
1 reply
Dave Malouf

As promised B&A article on "Foundations of Interaction Design"

Well it is finally published. I think 2 years ago I suggested this
idea to the B&A web site and they got back to me like 6 months later
and then it took me forever to actually write it. Well, here it is:


David Malouf

23 Aug 2007 - 8:42am
9 years ago
4 replies

Column Heading Alignment Rules forPlacementofData

I think you hit on why there doesn't seem to be a universal default. I've tested this concept in a few applications, and get both answers from non-technical people: some think A-Z should have an arrow pointing up, and Z-A should have an arrow pointing down, and some think it's the opposite. That's why I typically recommend the ALT-text to clarify for anyone who thinks it's backwards.

Someone once suggested (although it might clutter the interface) is to use an arrow and the text directly in the control, as in "^ A-Z".

23 Aug 2007 - 5:59am
Atul N Joshi

Workshops on HCI in Mumbai

This is an announcement of a series of weekend workshops on Human
Computer Interface Design in Mumbai, conducted by Design Incubator R&D
Labs Pvt Ltd.
Design Incubator's Weekend Workshops are designed for working
professionals. These workshops are aimed at providing 'just in time'
learning without having to sacrifice time from your work schedule.
Design Incubator's training aims at preparing professionals to perform
by acquiring skills, sharing knowledge and empowering them with tools
and techniques.

22 Aug 2007 - 5:12pm
9 years ago
1 reply

Column Heading Alignment Rules for PlacementofData

It's how the company's default email system behaves right now. It's not
ideal or widely used, but also not completely foreign.

Those who don't venture that far (who assume as you would that you can only
click twice to sort) will perhaps learn that it takes 4 clicks (instead of
3) to get back to "sort ascending" which, unless I'm mistaken, is not a very
common use case.

How would you propose the user return to the default sort method, if it's
not known or easily understood?