Discussion Archive: November 2008

3 Nov 2008 - 12:09pm
Richard I. Anderson

interactions magazine, November+December 2008

Just published:
interactions magazine, November+December 2008

(Welcome) Interactions: Having an Impact
Richard Anderson, Jon Kolko

Section: Emerging Approaches to Research and Design Practice

(COVER STORY) Designing Games: Why and How
Sus Lundgren

An Evolving Map of Design Practice and Design Research
Liz Sanders

(The Way I See It) Signifiers, Not Affordances
Don Norman

User Experience Design for Ubiquitous Computing
Mike Kuniavsky

Cultural Theory and Design: Identifying Trends by Looking at the

3 Nov 2008 - 10:35am
7 years ago
4 replies
Jose E.

New Paradigm in Operating Systems

Hey IxDA Members,
I was looking for some article or material about new paradigms on the
operating system side; something like a new type of "interface". The Desktop
like paradigm is getting old with all the "Cloud Computing" drums we hear
these days.

My personal opinion is that all the mayor platforms (read Windows, Mac OS
and Linux) are getting really old; and is difficult to address some of the
new challenges of "the cloud" and the "always connected" trend.

Can you point me, to something is been made on this direction?

2 Nov 2008 - 6:26pm
Michel Milano

curious: namespace, aka?

I am curious: has anyone found, tested, and used a word as an alternative to
"namespace" in the user-facing view of more general consumer applications
(i.e. for not-definite-technical-audiences)? I see that a number of wiki's
use the term in the default interface, for example. It is definitionally
correct, but not particularly clear, friendly, or pleasant.

For reference, here is a definition:

Yes, (I am aware that) synonyms are evident there.

2 Nov 2008 - 4:42pm
Janna DeVylder

Last call: IxDA Board of Directors call for applications

When I first discovered IxDA several years ago, I knew early on that I
had found a professional home for myself. At first, that meant
knowing there was a group of people out there who shared my passion
for all things Interaction Design. Then lurking turned into planning
and attending IxDA local events. Then came the conference, and now the

Why mention this?

It was in my increased involvement that I realized the impact IxDA
affiliation was having not only on my own personal practice but also
on the community itself.

2 Nov 2008 - 2:10pm
7 years ago
8 replies
Jeroen van Geel

Johnny Holland - it's all about interaction

Hey all,

A week ago I launched Johnny Holland (http://johnnyholland.org/). This is an
online magazine that aims to become an open collective where anybody can
talk, share and find answers about the interaction between people and
products, systems or processes. I¹m hoping that Johnny can bring different
insights and knowledge together, originating from fields beyond just
interaction design... Like automotive, architecture, psychology and product

2 Nov 2008 - 1:15pm

Who Is A Friendly Presidential Candidate For User Experience Poll

www.bestica.com has added a poll on their website for who is friendly
presidential candidate towards user experience. If you would like to vote
and view the results of user experience community please visit
www.bestica.com and you can see the poll on the left hand side at the
bottom of the home page.
Harvinder Singh
www.bestica.com/bestica (Our New Website )

1 Nov 2008 - 5:41pm
7 years ago
16 replies
Ali Naqvi

Ixda.org crowdsourcing for a presence UI

hello members,
I have been reading the crowdsourcing topic with deep interest while
simultaneously working on a presence User Interface for fun. (its weekend
and I am bored)
I made the UI in powerpoint and would like to know if you guys were
willing to adjust or work more on it. if you are interested let me know I
will send you the file... If we are able to prodcue a decent presence UI
from scratch, we could dedicate that it to Ixda. (don't know if they could
use it, but the crowdsourced presence UI could be bought by any mobile
company??) Let me know if you are interested!


1 Nov 2008 - 11:21am
7 years ago
8 replies
textual armor

Prospective IxD student seeking some portfolio / grad program advice


I'm a recent member to this site, and to the IxD world. I've got two
questions at the moment that I'd love some input on.

a) What are my options?
The programs I've come across and am planning to apply to are:
CMU's Masters in Interaction Design and possibly the Comm Planning and
Information Design program as well
IIT in Chicago
School of Visual Arts in New York is starting an Interaction Design program
for the first time in Fall of '09