Discussion Archive: March 2008

31 Mar 2008 - 8:10am
Tori Breitling

auto-account creation

I'm interested in any information I can find on the effectiveness of
websites creating auto-accounts. The only examples I can find so far are
like what happens when a user posts a comment on engadget: an email is sent
to the user's account, where they have to click the link to post the
comment. Additionally, in the bottom of that email, is an auto-generated
user name and password, for the poster's theoretical subsequent visits.

Does anyone know how effective this is?

30 Mar 2008 - 9:15pm
Jeff Howard

IxDA Thread Digests

Over the past few years our traffic has grown quite a bit, from
around 50 posts a week in 2004 to as many as 50 posts a day in 2008.
More than a few of you are grappling with how to cope with this rising
tide of e-mail. That's why the website and the RSS feeds exist, but I
know that some of you prefer to stay in contact via your inbox.

So here's a new touchpoint. Thread digests are halfway between the
full e-mail subscription and traditional daily digests. The daily
digests that we were using before were pretty basic.

30 Mar 2008 - 8:50am
4 years ago
1 reply
Fred van Amstel

New Interaction Design Institute in Brazil

I´m proud to present the first brazilian Interaction Design Institute
called Faber-Ludens.


Faber Ludens Institute is a non-profit organization to promote Design
and Technology in Brazil by integrating Market and Academy.

29 Mar 2008 - 3:13pm
8 years ago
5 replies
Rob Tannen

Semantics: "Design Research" and "User Research"

I often see (and use) the terms Design Research and User Research interchangeably, although I believe they are overlapping, but different.

-Design Research: This is the broader term. It can refer to the study of design itself (meta-research, if you will). It can also refer to research done in the context of design, but that can include research on materials, processes, users, etc.

29 Mar 2008 - 8:28am

[JOB] BOSTON: Adobe Systems Senior User Experience Designer/Contact Julia Margherita (full time)

If you are interested, please contact Julia directly!

---------- Forwarded message ----------

*Sr. Experience Designer – Newton, MA*

*Adobe Systems Inc.*

*Please email resume/portfolio to juliam at adobe.com*

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Adobe (NASDAQ: ADBE) revolutionizes how the world engages with ideas and

28 Mar 2008 - 6:03pm

Finding Stuff: Search, Browse, Whatever

Hi folks,

Apologies in advance for any topic duplication, banality, or blatant
ignorance I show here. I only dabble in IA/IxD.

I have this current thinking that goes something like this:

1. Search (be it for a Web site, application, whatever) should always just
start with a single, keyword box. No "advanced" options.
2. Search results should always be limited to 50 items or less (no paging,
no configurably changing max items returned)

28 Mar 2008 - 1:22pm
8 years ago
3 replies
Thomas Marks

Add to Cart Ethics / Best Practices - Studies?

Does anyone know of any good studies, reports or resources involving e-
commerce/shopping cart ethics or best practices?

Currently I am working with a site that automatically adds (extended)
warranties to products when adding the product to the cart.

28 Mar 2008 - 10:29am
Dan Saffer

Looking for Touchscreen/Interactive Gestures Documentation Examples


I'm working on the "Documenting Gestural Interfaces" chapter of my
upcoming book Interactive Gestures: Designing Gestural Interfaces:


I'd like to include in this chapter some "real-world" examples of
documentation you might have for touchscreens, environments, etc. I'm
looking for wireframes, task flows, storyboards, movies, and

28 Mar 2008 - 10:10am

[Announcement] Lou Rosenfeld - Site Search Analytics For Better UX Workshop


Lou Rosenfeld, co-author of the Polar Bear book, is doing some new workshops
and I wanted to get the word out. He has also been nice enough to post his
presentation online for people to see the value before signing up for one of
the workshops.

Presentation (via SlideShare) here:


118 slides that try to make the case for site search analytics as a
critical (if under-appreciated) user experience research and design

28 Mar 2008 - 9:23am
8 years ago
2 replies

SEO Rapper

So there's a guy up on YouTube with a whole series of raps on Web
design and similar topics (like Social Media Addiction:
They're funny, and pretty accurate. I like the Design Coding one: