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18 Jul 2010 - 10:12am
2 years ago
4 replies
Katie Ware

Mobile Sites and Breadcrumb Navigation

Hi all -
Wondering if anyone has any insight or can point me to information on use of breadcrumb nav with mobile sites. Some sites use it, others appear to rely on a back link (or browser back) and a home link as a hub.

23 Jul 2008 - 3:26pm
6 years ago
23 replies
Christian Crumlish

Pattern Tap : Interface Design Inspiration

This is a wonderful resource!
I will put my pattern-geek hat on for a moment, though, to say that I'm not
entirely comfortable with the way the term pattern is sometimes used to mean
"gallery of examples." Don't get me wrong, I love galleries of examples.
They are awesome.

Also, I think the individual clusters of images can be called patterns in
the sense that they can plausibly be said to depict examples of patterns.

What's missing, for me, is the next step of abstracting what they have in
common and capturing that in some descriptive form.

This may be a language drift thing, tho

2 Feb 2007 - 12:36pm
1 year 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.

23 May 2010 - 6:20pm
4 years ago
13 replies
Sunil Shrivastav

How to create interesting Portfolio?


I need to create portfolio to show my ability to design end-to-end user experiences with examples of design proposals, scenarios, use cases, interaction flows, wireframes, UX architecture, visual designs and specifications.

I am looking for for some guidance and examples for how to create interesting portfolio.

Thanks, Sunil http://www.designindna.com/

5 May 2009 - 11:37pm
5 years ago
9 replies
Stephen Holmes

Any data on users making use of Help?

I don't know of any studies to date but it is easy to find out on
many web applications just by looking at page referenced logs to see
what parts of an application as call to a Help message is made (if
designed that way).

4 Jan 2009 - 1:43pm
6 years ago
58 replies
Dan Saffer

Strategic Interaction Design

I'm starting a revision of my book Designing for Interaction.


In the second edition, I'd like to include a chapter on Strategy, that
is: how to decide WHAT should be designed and WHY.

So when I ask, what should interaction designers know about strategy?
You respond...

17 Apr 2011 - 12:56am
3 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:

23 Sep 2010 - 12:51pm
4 years ago
2 replies
Michele Marut

is there an official difference between a grid and a table pattern?


This morning my team reviewed this very nice article about free project management apps - http://www.smashingapps.com/2010/09/22/awesome-yet-free-web-apps-to-make-project-managers-lives-easier.html .

When we got down to "Project Bubble", an interaction designer stated that this was a very good use of a grid. When I asked how that differed from the ones above he said becuase it had headers.

16 Jun 2009 - 5:00pm
5 years ago
1 reply
Ellen Beldner

Research: Usability of rate / review forms?

Hi all --
Can anyone point me to research about the design of "Rate this service /
Rate this product" types of systems or forms?

Searching for the keywords is proving to be impossibly broad since the terms
aren't very specific, and I'm not sure how to best narrow down the search.

I'm just trying to get a baseline understanding of how well different
approaches work best; should free-text responses be at the beginning or the
end of the form vs. objective ones; etc.


21 Jan 2006 - 6:28pm
9 years ago
23 replies
Jon Kolko [SCAD]

MS, MFA, or Mdes?


If you had your druthers and were pursuing a masters degree in Interaction
Design, would you rather receive an MS, MFA, or M.des? Why?


Jon Kolko
Professor, Industrial & Interaction Design
Savannah College of Art and Design

AOL IM// jkolkoSCAD