Discussion Archive: March 2009

31 Mar 2009 - 11:28pm
Nasir Barday

Interaction '09 Keynote - John Thackara - Designing for Business as Unusual

In his keynote at Interaction '09, John Thackara shows the ways in which
business as we know it iss about to change for good, and then identifies how
interaction designers can take these challenges on as design problems.

Watch the video here:

About John Thackara:
John Thackara is Director of Doors of Perception, which was founded in 1993
to create a conference of that name in Amsterdam.

31 Mar 2009 - 11:08pm
6 years ago
1 reply
Nasir Barday

Interaction '09 Keynote - Dan Saffer - Attention Awareness for Interaction Designers 2009

Timing this release after the storm of, ahem, activity, on the list. In this
keynote from Interaction '09, Dan Saffer calls out the Interaction Design
community for allowing distracting topics to consume our attention, and for
paying too little attention to "moonwalking bears," the opportunities
interaction designers can take advantage of in the near future.

On the discussions on definitions, titles, and similar topics,"where is this
getting us?" Dan says, "The work is still there for us to do. Having
religious wars about how we approach design is pointless.

31 Mar 2009 - 4:06pm

Four questions every UI designer and usability professional should be thinking about...

All of these questions are obvious and yet we still don't have consensus or
standardized solutions for them...


Russell Wilson
Vice President of Product Design, NetQoS
Blog: http://www.dexodesign.com

31 Mar 2009 - 3:55pm
6 years ago
7 replies
Eugene Kim

What does the number 0 imply?

I'm working on a mobile site which includes keypad shortcuts for
navigating a list of items (e.g. press the 1 hard key to open the
first item, 2 for the second item, etc.). There's a question of
whether associating an item with 0 (which usually represents the
tenth item in the list on many mobile devices) will have a negative
impact on that item. In our case, it concerns a list of businesses.

There are 2 parties involved, the business and the end user.

31 Mar 2009 - 1:56pm
6 years ago
1 reply
Janna DeVylder

IxDA on LinkedIn

IxDA has several 'platforms' that we provide for the community to gather
upon: Discuss list via email, IxDA.org, the conference, and our
hard-working IxDA Local Groups.

There are then platforms that are not sponsored by IxDA but obviously
provide a great place for the community to share, such as your individual
blogs, JohnnyHolland.org, Twitter, Flickr, Slideshow.com, vimeo.com or
Facebook to name a few.

31 Mar 2009 - 1:24pm
6 years ago
7 replies
David B. Rondeau

Using Interaction Design to Change Behavior

Joshua Porter recently had a very interesting post on his blog about
using design to "change, guide, support, elicit, constrict, and
control behavior".

It got me to thinking about *how* interaction design *is being used*
to change behavior. The first example that came to mind was the Wii
Fit. http://www.nintendo.com/wiifit

I recently got a Wii Fit.

31 Mar 2009 - 12:38pm
6 years ago
6 replies
Todd Warfel

Edge Case Design of IA vs. IxD

So, once again, I'll propose all this bickering about the difference
of IA/IxD, or why people aren't UX Designers, but are IAs or IxDs is
an argument for 0.001%. The case where any of us are working on a
system that won't have both IA and IxD is statistically non-existent.

So, why are we arguing over 0.001%?

Incidentally, whether intentional or not, the appearance here is that
IxD is trying to become the "dominant" field in UX and not acknowledge
that the IA field can or has evolved.

31 Mar 2009 - 11:40am
6 years ago
1 reply

text changing on buttons

I wanted to solicit people's advice/examples on a small but interesting
interaction we're working on. Here's the scenario:

User launches a dialog that has a list of people who they need to handwrite
checks to (it's a payroll application; don't worry about why they are
handwriting and not printing checks). The dialog has a table of the people
and the amounts. For each line in the table, the user can do up to two

- Add/Edit a check number for that person's check
- Print a paystub for that check

They can do any or all of these things, it is up to them.

31 Mar 2009 - 9:29am
Sean Pook

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