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10 Feb 2008 - 1:08am
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7 years ago
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Charlie Kreitzberg
2008

Thoughts on Alan Cooper's Keynote

When Alan Cooper delivered the opening keynote at Interactions08 this
morning, I was once again struck by how sensible his view is. As I
understood his core argument, it was:

1. We know that the best interactive products are not the first to
market but the ones that have the best quality design.

2. Business managers often fail to understand this because they do not
know how to manage "creatives" among whom he numbers both interaction
designers and programmers.

3. The typical business approach is to develop requirements and then
build the product.

1 Jul 2008 - 4:02pm
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6 years ago
27 replies
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Dan Saffer
2003

Hiding and Disabling Menu Items

Joel ("On Software") says,

"A long time ago, it became fashionable, even recommended, to disable
menu items when they could not be used.
Don't do this. Users see the disabled menu item that they want to
click on, and are left entirely without a clue of what they are
supposed to do to get the menu item to work.

Instead, leave the menu item enabled.

10 Mar 2009 - 5:50pm
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6 years ago
10 replies
Marty DeAngelo
2007

Standard font size

I know that there was a discussion on this list a while back, but I'd
love to get a more recent update as to what people feel is the best
'standard' font size for an average audience. We are currently in
a bit of a debate with a client about their 'standard' font size.

Their guidelines dictate using 14px Arial / 13px Verdana for content,
which we feel is too large. We feel that a 12px Arial / 11px Verdana
standard is more reasonable to most users (in essence, using the 75%
base font adjustment from the browser standards and then using ems
from that point forward).

26 Oct 2010 - 5:26pm
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4 years ago
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Juan Ruiz
2007

Estimation process for UX services by hours or by deliverables?

Hello community

Apologies if this is a thread that has existed already, however, I would like to get your input on this.

One thing that we have noticed with clients when they ask for estimates is that they ask the UX team to detail every single action for each activity we suggest to perform (for the proposal), and because of this, the billable hours/days start to pile up and then we ended up with a massive quotation.

The nature of the UX work is not as streamlined as the developers (or even designers) work where they have to write code following a set of directions and with an outcom

1 Nov 2007 - 1:58pm
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4 years ago
92 replies
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Todd Warfel
2003

What tools do you use for prototyping?

What prototyping tools are in your toolbox?

Cheers!

Todd Zaki Warfel
President, Design Researcher
Messagefirst | Designing Information.

17 Dec 2008 - 4:40pm
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4 years ago
60 replies
R. Groot
2006

Interaction Designers: What is your elevator pitch?

Interaction Designers,

how do you introduce the work you do when you have a social introduction?

Curious regards,
Rein

11 Jul 2011 - 7:02pm
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1 year ago
6 replies
amara
2011

Modal boxes on a mobile environment?

Hello!

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?

Thanks!

7 Jul 2009 - 3:28pm
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5 years ago
9 replies
David B. Rondeau
2003

Interaction design can affect everyone, not just people who own a computer. What does this mean for IxD?

As an example of the far-reaching impact of interaction design, I recently wrote about the Boston MBTA subway system and the Charlie kiosks that are used to purchase fares. Every day, hundreds of thousands of people ride the Boston subway and many of them are confused and frustrated by the interaction design of the kiosk.

27 Mar 2009 - 3:17pm
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6 years ago
55 replies
Nasir Barday
2006

JJG's IA Summit 2009 Keynote

The longer that thread gets, the crankier I get, so I'm starting a new one
specifically to talk about Jesse James Garrett's talk at the IA Summit last
weekend. It's what he wanted us to do, anyway.

Todd wrote

> If you truly believe that, then I don't understand how you could have a
> million problems with JJG's closing keynote.

5 Mar 2007 - 12:59am
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8 years ago
9 replies
Phil Chung
2007

Career: Deep vs Broad Experience

A question for the more "experienced" folks on the list:

In terms of career advancement and job security, is it better for an interaction designer to develop deep or broad experience, in terms of product domains?