Discussion Archive: September 2009

18 Sep 2009 - 11:27am
4 years ago
2 replies
Evan K. Stone

Simple iPhone Wireframe Templates for Sketching

OK, so maybe it's not as slick & fun as Design Commission's stencil
(http://www.designcommission.com/shop/iphone-stencil-kit/), but in case
anyone is interested, I have created and posted some *very* basic iPhone
wireframe templates (3-up) for download by anyone who wants them from my
blog (PDF and Visio formats are in the .zip file):


I needed these for some upcomin

18 Sep 2009 - 10:56am
4 years ago
1 reply

Intranets: Portal and Portlets or Dashboards

I've been tasked with developing the requirements and UX for an
Intranet. The IT folks are talking about a portal model with the
multitude of legacy applications fully integrated as portlets.

I think that a personalized dashboards with single sign-on and links
to apps is OK with info feeds to the dashboard as appropriate.

My fear is that the portlet approach is too complex to successfully
design and implement. This sounds like the type of project destined
to fail. I was wondering if anyone has evidence-based POVs on Portals
vs. Dashboards from a UX / Usability / Project success viewpoint.

18 Sep 2009 - 6:33am
4 years ago
5 replies
Russell Stout

IA and copy plan templates in Excel

To date we've been creating site plans, wireframes, copy outlines and
functional specs across a range of different document types (word,
Excel, Illustrator, Omnigraffle).

This has generally worked ok over the years, but we're trying to up
our game and rationalise the tools we use - specifically site plans
and copy outlines.

We were thinking that a simple content plan created in Excel listing
section, pages and metadata along with project status is flexible and
team friendly (anyone can update without specific software), but not
particularly client friendly regards an aesthetic site plan.

18 Sep 2009 - 5:05am
Kevin Cannon

[JOB] User Experience/Interaction Designer NYC Bestica Recruiter Contract

Might be good if you stated where the job is. :)

18 Sep 2009 - 4:04am
Human Resource

job : eCommerce Art Director, Chicago, IL, Sears, Fulltime

Sears Holdings Management Corporation provides corporate services to
Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) and its family of
companies, including Sears Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation.
Sears Holdings Corporation is the nation's fourth largest broadline
retailer with approximately 3,900 full-line and specialty retail
stores in the United States and Canada. Sears Holdings is the leading
home appliance retailer as well as a leader in tools, lawn and garden,
home electronics and automotive repair and maintenance.

18 Sep 2009 - 3:46am
4 years ago
16 replies
Joshua Porter

On the topic of Recruiters

Ok, I just received the 2nd recruitment email for exactly the same job
from exactly the same recruitment agency.

I'm all for getting IxDAers jobs (who wouldn't be), but I'm not
convinced that recruiters should be able to post to the list.

Also, there is a difference between a company posting a opening
themselves (hopefully they're participating in the community
beforehand) and a recruiter posting a "mystery" job for someone else.

I feel that we should make a reasonable effort to keep a discussion
list for discussions....and filter out things that aren't.

So I wonder...

18 Sep 2009 - 3:19am

[JOB] HRO'C Digital, Birmingham, UK

Sorry about that, this post obviously suffered from the too long in
length post bug in IE. Posted again to

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Posted from the new ixda.org

18 Sep 2009 - 3:16am

[JOB] Interface Developer, HROC Digital, Birmingham, UK

Interface Developer
HRO'C Digital http://www.hroc.co.uk

Key Skills:
o JQuery/MooTools/AJAX Equivalents
o Photoshop/Illustrator
o Flash
o IA/UX Deliverables
o Usability/Accessibility

Solution Development and Delivery
o Planning and construction of elegant usable website interfaces.
o Designs and codes superior technical solutions.
o Creates prototypes for client engagements.

18 Sep 2009 - 2:01am
17 Sep 2009 - 11:04pm
4 years ago
1 reply
Alex Hogan

Applications w/ built in "Show me"/Learning Mode/Player Piano?


There's an older game that has an excellent example of something close to what you're looking for. It's called Homeworld.

complex applications have provided exactly this type of instructional
methodology. These expert systems will detect when a user is either
not following the prescribed process or seems stuck in a process or