Discussion Archive

17 Dec 2007 - 9:46am
6 weeks ago
35 replies
Billy Cox

'Select Country' dropdown

In filling out various web forms, I have noticed two interaction standards
specifically related to dropdowns in which the user selects their country of

1 -- List is alphabetical (placing United States near the end of the list)

2 -- Most likely selection(s) at the top of the list, with remainder of list

Which one would you use and what would influence your decision?

Billy Cox
Old World Spices
billy at oldworldspices.com

17 Apr 2011 - 12:56am
2 years ago
5 replies
Darren Ellis

Tools for building a pattern library

What tool(s) did you use to set up your UI pattern library?

I know this question has been asked before*, but after repeated searches I'm not finding much of an answer. Seems there aren't any simple ways of doing this.

I'm currently using a mix of documents in collaboration with custom built (aka one-off) web-based solutions, but these aren't optimal for several reasons:

22 Jan 2014 - 5:55pm
12 weeks ago
1 reply

5+ Years required

I mentor someone who has the less than the 5 plus years of experience that most user experience jobs require.  I know there is much debate about this requirement, but I was wondering if it is more of a geographic requirement?  Also, is it really a  requirement at all?  I remember reading a job posting in 2006 requiring 10 years of experience in information architecture and most if not all of the common deliverables, but no portfolio requirement.

29 May 2012 - 5:32pm
1 year ago
1 reply
11 Jul 2011 - 7:02pm
35 weeks ago
6 replies

Modal boxes on a mobile environment?


I'm working on a responsive website and I'm curious to know what is the current best practice is for modal boxes in mobile environments (in specific: smartphones). Does a modal box take away from the experience or enhance it? Thoughts?


10 Sep 2013 - 11:50am
30 weeks ago
4 replies

What are the details on contract IxD/UX work? (does it even exist)

While I was at an internship over the summer, a client recommended that I start seeking contract work while I finish up my MFA. (as opposed to my previous plan of taking a bunch of internships to learn different skills.. I'm told more than one internship can make it look like you didn't learn anything or your skills aren't up to par for a real position)

2 Feb 2007 - 12:36pm
24 weeks ago
97 replies

What sets the 'best' interaction designers apart?

Hi all -

In your experience, what qualities set the 'best' (defined as you like)
interaction designers apart?

In hiring, what design exercises have you found effective in identifying the
'best' interaction designers?

Bret Hekking

Food fight? Enjoy some healthy debate
in the Yahoo! Answers Food & Drink Q&A.

22 Jun 2010 - 11:47am
3 years ago
3 replies
Stew Dean

Looking for great examples of customer reviews for ecommerce.

Hi,    I'm looking to collect some best practice examples to feed into a ratings and reviews project I'm working on for an ecommerce site in the UK. Can you think of any great examples - maybe something you've seen or something you've done you wouldn't mind sharing. 

  Thanks in advance for your help.   Cheers
Stew Dean

8 Apr 2009 - 1:04am
5 years ago
9 replies
Toby Biddle

Online, unmoderated user testing tool

A new online, unmoderated user testing tool has recently launched -
www.loop11.com. Anyone used it have any thoughts?

30 Oct 2009 - 6:25am
3 years ago
14 replies
Paul Bryan

Distinguishing between UCD, UX, and usability

A friend and sometimes client told me over lunch this week, "I think
of you as the usability guy." I didn't much care for this, because
I think of usability in terms of activities rather than an identity
to aspire to. It got me thinking about related terms, like "user
experience" (UX), and its cousin, user-centered design (UCD).