Discussion Archive: February 2009

22 Feb 2009 - 8:18pm
Mario Bourque

IxDA Regional Workshops

Now that the dust has settled down a bit, I'd like to formalize a group to
lead the Regional Workshop initiative.

During the local leaders workshop at Interaction09, I proposed a format
where one or more local groups could come together and put on a weekend
workshop. This would fill the middle space between local events and the
yearly conference. It would continue the tradition of the grassroots
approach of our organization, and give us a new way to continue building the
organization and bring in new members.

22 Feb 2009 - 8:12pm
7 years ago
5 replies
Marcus Coghlan

Field labels for non-native speakers of English

Hi all,

I'm currently involved in a redesign of a registration form aimed primarily
at native English speakers, but with increasing use by non-native speakers,
especially from Asia. Unfortunately, using non-english labels is out of
scope for the time being.

Has anyone come across research on which name field labels are most readily
understood by non-native speakers?

a) surname, last name, family name
b) given name, first name

Any recommendations on these or other easily confused form labels would be
much appreciated.

Thanks, Marcus

22 Feb 2009 - 8:33am
7 years ago
7 replies
Chauncey Wilson

Mathematical theory of beautiful design - Fun weekend post

There is an interesting article in Sunday edition of The Boston Globe
newspaper about a mathematical theory of beauty in design - the claim is
that you can determine what people will find beautiful in design artifacts
(painting, buildings, furniture, ....) through a mathematical relationship
of complexity and transformations.


When I was a grad student working in social psychology I wrote a paper
called "The calculus of dating&quo

21 Feb 2009 - 10:39pm
7 years ago
9 replies

Looking for feedback on three options for a website design

I'll give you no brief as this should be self explanatory.

21 Feb 2009 - 5:15pm
7 years ago
2 replies
Georgette Sulllivan

Gestural/Multi-touch and dexterity?

I’m an interaction graduate student researching gestural/mutli-touch
interactions on handheld devices and problems caused by compromised
dexterity (young, old, injured or disabled). Since these devices are
the new cool thing or have a loyal following I am having a hard time
finding data to support my theory.

Can anyone help me out and point me in the right direction?

21 Feb 2009 - 4:29pm
7 years ago
7 replies
Eirik Midttun
21 Feb 2009 - 12:35am
7 years ago
7 replies
Phillip Hunter

When Input is Output is Input

This is somewhat of a nit of a question, but a fellow designer and I
tossed it around and we decided we needed a little outside advice.

We are designing a revision of an internal development tool that
constructs applications that of course interact with people. The
question we have is about the terminology of a piece of the tool that
allows the developer to specify instructions that will be given to a
person and accepts responses back from that person.

20 Feb 2009 - 7:28pm
Dave Malouf

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Starting from Zero: Winning Strategies for No Search Results Pages

I am kicking off my new Search Matters column by starting from zero:
with the article about no search results pages:


....and I'd love to hear your feedback and suggestions.


Greg Nudelman

20 Feb 2009 - 2:20pm
7 years ago
3 replies
Eirik Midttun

Doctoral study in design.

Why the exclamation mark behind engineering?

I find some of the things in "What Does the Field Think about
Research?" rather scary. I don't live in the US so maybe it is
better elsewhere. Anyway it has to change, or the discipline won't

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