Discussion Archive: October 2007

11 Oct 2007 - 1:45am
8 years ago
1 reply
Kelly Muñiz

performance requirements

Can anyone recommend guidelines and/or examples of performance
requirements for user interactions with software?

For example, if a user is using an application to perform a search
and the software implements predictive search, how long should it
take (ideally) from the time the user types a character until he sees
the search matches?

Thanks for any pointers.


11 Oct 2007 - 12:23am
8 years ago
19 replies
Shaun Bergmann

Green and not: ON and off

This has been a running discussion for a while now and I'd love to hear some
opinions on how this community would like to see the presentation of Binary
I'm talking about those simple 'On/Off' toggles.

For such a seemingly simple control feature, it sure seems to dredge up a
fairly animated discussion of how to best portray it.

For example, the 0/1 rocker style power switch on the back of your computer:
That's pure binary.

10 Oct 2007 - 10:29pm

Transactional websites


I am looking for research material on transactional website design. Could someone point me to resources online.

Basically I am looking for design principles in product display/reviews/specs/ categorization, product selection, shopping cart and the entire check out process.

Thanks in advance.


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10 Oct 2007 - 7:10pm
Dave Cortright

Design jobs at start ups

During my recent job search, I recently stumbled upon the site Venture
which has a decent number of design positions listed. Of course it takes a
bit of effort to find them all.

10 Oct 2007 - 4:56pm
8 years ago
8 replies
Chris Borokowski

Examples of excellent interaction design on the web

A friend and I often speak of design issues in a universal sense. He is
more cynical than I, and holds that every generation produces two
perfected designs and the rest is awkward. I hold out more hope but not
too much.

In our recent discussion, I talked about the web sites I could identify
that had positive design contributions.

10 Oct 2007 - 4:46pm
8 years ago
16 replies
Phillip Hunter

Gmail archiving - was: straw poll: best messaging user experience


You wrote: "I do miss the folders. I like archiving, getting rid of emails
in the inbox. I don't understand why the folder model is supposed to be

What is different between old-style folders and archiving labeled gmails
then clicking on the labels to see them? My inbox is as empty as I want it
to be, my older saved email is organized the way I want it, and I get
smarter "folders" that can "share" emails.

I also use Outlook (for work) and the folders often frustrate me.

10 Oct 2007 - 1:49pm
8 years ago
6 replies
Joseph Selbie

Designing a portal from scratch

"I've just been tasked with designing a customer portal (i.e. extranet) from
scratch. Has anyone done anything like this before, or can anyone point me
toward some reference materials?"

What industry? Customers have a wide variety of needs :).

Joseph Selbie
Founder, CEO Tristream
Web Application Development

10 Oct 2007 - 12:11pm
8 years ago
28 replies
Billie Mandel

straw poll: best messaging user experience

To my wise and ever-so-opinionated peers - I need your opinions:

What are the best/your favorite/the most compelling messaging user
experiences out there today? I'm talking email/text messaging/etc, for
PC or mobile. What stands out from the crowd, from a design

Thanks, and happy Wednesday,

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Billie Mandel | Manager, User Experience Design & Research | OPENWAVE |
billie.mandel at openwave.com

10 Oct 2007 - 10:54am
John Hanks

JOB - Information Architect - NYC - Sling Media - Full-time

Sling Media is a digital lifestyle products company, focused on creating
empowering entertainment experiences for consumers. Sling Media's award
winning Slingbox turns any Internet-connected PC, Mac, or mobile device
into your home television allowing you to watch your TV virtually
anywhere in the world.