Discussion Archive: March 2009

31 Mar 2009 - 9:23am
7 years ago
1 reply
31 Mar 2009 - 9:05am
7 years ago
7 replies

the alignment of the practices and outcomes ofIA and IxD


It's disingenuous to omit the fourth definition just because it weakens your
case. I'm not about to promote or defend these aging definitions, and I
won't wade into this debate, but here's how they are presented in the book:

1. The combination of organization, labeling, and navigation schemes within
an information system.
2. The structural design of an information space to facilitate task
completion and intuitive access to content.
3. The art and science of structuring and classifying web sites and
intranets to help people find and manage information.

31 Mar 2009 - 8:17am
Todd Warfel

Edge Case Scenarios (was: the alignment of the practices and outcomes of IA and IxD)

Riddle me this: Great designers design systems for the majority (85%,
80/20, 90/10, etc.). So, why are the great designers of the fields of
practice of IA and IxD arguing over edge cases?

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%.

31 Mar 2009 - 4:56am
7 years ago
1 reply
Chris Wright

Recover username service

I'm looking at implementing a 'recover my username' serivce on a website i'm
working on. This will be a seperate service to recovering a password.

Thing is the existing userbase have custom usernames, users going forward
will be encouraged to use thier email address. recovering a username by
typing in your email works for the former, but not so for the latter.

any ideas?

30 Mar 2009 - 10:02pm
7 years ago
44 replies
Peter Merholz

the alignment of the practices and outcomes of IA and IxD

In his recent blog post, Dan makes a comment I've heard elsewhere, and
would like to probe:

"To call everyone who practices in the field "user experience
designers" is not only a web-centric attitude (where information
architecture and interaction design are more closely aligned than

I don't understand the "web-centric" aspect of this. In fact, I can't
think of an interaction design circumstance that wouldn't be improved
by thoughtful IA. My off-the-top-of-my-head example is the iPhone.

30 Mar 2009 - 6:11pm
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30 Mar 2009 - 4:20pm
7 years ago
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gretchen anderson

Synthesis as an analysis activity in designresearch

There's Synthesis and synthesis.

You always do some synthesis along the way, you can't help it. But the Synthesis is a really important step that should be distinct from Research. This is where you are really putting the whole picture together. And checking assumptions: "Did everyone really say x? Or do I just think that?"

Finally, I find that your audience won't hang with you if you don't have a great story about what you did and what you found.

30 Mar 2009 - 3:12pm
7 years ago
3 replies

Listing a URL in a banner


I'm curious as to why the proponents of the "embed the url" want users to remember the url. I would have thought they'd want users to remember either the name of the site or what you represent.

To be honest, though, I wouldn't have a big issue with the suggestion but for one thing - what's suggested isn't memorable. It might have been okay if it was just /remembrance or /dor, but I don't think the two together are catchy.

Studies that support your case would be nice to have, but I don't believe there is a lot freely available.

30 Mar 2009 - 2:42pm
Séamus T. Byrne

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When: Tuesday, March 31st - Starting at 6:30pm Until 9pm

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What: A unique chance to view the best presentations and keynotes from
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