Discussion Archive: November 2009

11 Nov 2009 - 1:31pm
San Francisco IxDA

[IxDA SF Event] 2nd Annual Hi-Fi Holiday Party on December 17th at 6:30pm - Save-the-Date!

The IxDA SF elves are busy laying the ground work for our annual interactive
seasonal celebratory experience, or as it's more commonly know - the Holiday

This year's party will be at Blue Macaw <http://thebluemacawsf.com/> (formerly
12 Galaxies), 2565 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

Date: Thursday, December 17, 2009
Time: 6:30pm - 12:00am

The party program is in the works, but (like last year) you can expect
entertainment from bands with members who are interaction d

11 Nov 2009 - 11:31am
6 years ago
13 replies
Rih Tand

Rating vs "Like"

Hi Group,

Any thoughts on when it is best to use a rating system vs a simple
like/don't like voting feature? I currently need to decide which way to go
on a restaurant guide project in which the existing rating system is a 1-5
scale "star" (with no guide, higher stars = better).

Unless one has a known and universal explanation on how "stars" are valued,
it seems that the rating system is flawed. What are your thoughts on this?


11 Nov 2009 - 11:05am
6 years ago
11 replies
Liou Yamane

Good books or resources for interview techniques

I just did a short focus group and light usability test with a couple of children. What I noticed is how important the phrasing of interview questions and usability tasks is, especially with children but also with adults in general.

Has anybody recommendations for books or other resources that can help me in phrasing questions and tasks as neutral as possible?

PS. I found http://www.ixda.org/discuss.php?post=6191 but I thought that the books are rather general and broad.

11 Nov 2009 - 9:10am
6 years ago
1 reply
Billy Cox

read, 3 Things Phone Manufacturers Should Get Right to Beat the iPhone

I perceive that the 'strategy' for killing the iPhone is to imitate it
in almost ever conceivable way, but (theoretically) to improve it in
some remarkable way.

I am an IT guy, so I think that the iPhone's killer app is, well...the

11 Nov 2009 - 8:36am
6 years ago
1 reply
Brett Christenson

Task based UI / Multiple Workspace Views

I am working on a UI design that will unify what used to require 3
separate applications. The problem that I am having is in initial
sketches I am seeing issues with context switching. I would like to
explore using workspace views or something similar to Eclipse
I find that MS Outlook has similar notion I would like to explore as
UI changes when emailing, scheduling, managing tasks...
Anyone know of other examples of UI with this type of behavior?
Specifically I am looking for examples that display more fluid way of
switching in and out of different views.

Thanks - Brett C

11 Nov 2009 - 7:27am
Sam Menter

asking for name as well as email

Old problem - marketing director wants to gather names upfront with email
addresses. I say we reduce sign up considerably if we do that. He says can
you prove it. I realise I have no stats or hard evidence... Can anyone point
me to some stats / case studies I can use to illustrate my point? An A/B
comparison would be ideal?


Pixel Thread Ltd
Spike Design,
133 Cumberland Road,
Bristol, BS1 6UX

Tel: 07985 979 852

11 Nov 2009 - 6:45am
William Hudson

Human Centered Design or Technology CenteredDesign??

I teach a course (hopefully to be a book in the not-too-distant future)
which is about using Ajax for good (better user experience) rather than
evil (just making things more interactive for the sake of it).

One of my biggest frustrations/disappointments is to see Ajax applied
gratuitously to a page (to make the shopping basket more interesting,
for example) while inherent usability problems - like having to click
the 'Update' link if quantities are changed - remain unaddressed.

Anyway, this is a perennial problem in design that is not going to go
away any time soon.

11 Nov 2009 - 4:27am
Jarod Tang

read, 3 Things Phone Manufacturers Should Get Right to Beat the iPhone

IMHO, it's designing the best as we can for the end user ( and manufacture
for lower cost).

10 Nov 2009 - 4:13pm
David Sturtz

JOB: User Experience Designer - Cedar Rapids, IA (USA) - Geonetric - Full Time

Geonetric's User Experience Designer is a key member of the interactive
software product team, responsible for understanding the market problem,
designing an interface solution and communicating with engineering on the
final solution to meet the needs of the eHealth market. The User Experience
Designer is a creative thinker, bringing ideas to the team to deliver
product features in aggressive timelines.

Geonetric helps hospitals and health systems develop and implement
innovative Web strategies to engage their patients and communities online.

We are a fast-growing (Inc.