Discussion Archive

16 Jan 2004 - 11:16am
12 years ago
7 replies
Ryan Powell

Error messaging best practices

I'm looking for info on best practices / guidelines for error messaging
(for forms on the web)- both the content of the message and the way
errors are brought to the user's attention.

Does anyone know of any good sources? Or maybe just a site that has an
interesting solution?


Ryan Powell
Chicago, IL

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12 Nov 2009 - 10:09am
5 years ago
7 replies
Bonnie E. John

Storyboards in Balsamiq?

Does anybody actually use the links in Balsamiq Mockups to make
storyboards that can be walked through to show the interaction of a
system? I looked at all the examples in the Balsamiq Mockup gallery and
they all seem to be single screens (except for one which shows a
Google-like interface with the first search-box screen and then a
search-results screen).
I'm wondering if folks use Blasamiq for actual storyboards, with links,
and branching, or if the predominant use is with independent un-linked
screen sketches.

20 Aug 2012 - 3:08am
3 years ago
7 replies

Frameworks for rapid prototyping with HTML, CSS and JavaScript

Hi all,

I've been researching a bit on what is the best for rapid prototyping using HTML, CSS, JavaScript.

Until now I was using Balsamiq Mockups, Axure and tools like that but recently I've realized that for some purposes could be appropriate to use "handmade" HTML with style and interactions and refine it and add interactions throught an iterative process.

But I think for rapid prototyping a framework is needed and have to exists already some goods alternatives that make the life easier to designers/developers.

What would you recommend in those cases?

12 May 2010 - 2:53pm
6 years ago
7 replies

Position of Login/Register button

We are currently doing a study for a site and are debating where the login/register link should be on the site. Where do users generally perceive it to be? Are there any case studies on this topic? thanks in advance!

13 Nov 2007 - 3:19pm
8 years ago
138 replies
oliver green

Examples where personas are *not* useful

Hi everyone,

I am trying to understand the finer nuances of using personas. The
various articles/book chapters that I have read talk about instances
where using personas would be useful. But I feel that to really
understand a methodology, one should be familiar with the weaknesses
as well. So, can you give me examples where using personas would not
be advisable/helpful?


16 Nov 2009 - 11:41am
5 years ago
18 replies

MS in Interaction Design, Usability, User Research, User Experience, Information Architect

Hello Group,

I am back again with the same request. As, I have been looking for
the college and university to continue master degree in Interaction
Design, Usability, User Research, User Experience, Information

My curiosity is...

1. Whether the courses are available under one roof or need to learn

2. Anyone knows the particular college or university where i will get
the above courses?

3. Any member in the group has completed master degree in information
architect? And, in which college? Any link?


29 Jan 2009 - 7:44pm
7 years ago
15 replies
Helen Killingbeck

Axure - Questions...and more questions

Thinking about using Axure for prototyping as there are many great benefits
from a documentation point of view.
However I am wondering about the learning curve and the ability to import
previously documented high level page structures (Visio)

1. What would be your estimate regarding the learning curve (timewise) to
becoming productive with Axure without feeling like you are blowing the
project timelines for deliverables?

2. Can you import Visio drawings into Axure?

3. My understanding is that Axure produces html code.

14 Jan 2011 - 11:41am
5 years ago
17 replies
Preston McCauley

Looking for an updated college list that offer Masters In Interaction Design / HCD - Etc..

I've been searching high and low for a good list of colleges that offer an all Online Only Masters in the UX, UI, Interaction design field.  

Anyone know of or have a list? There was one on here at one time but it doesn't seem to be update.




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13 Mar 2014 - 8:31am
2 years ago
6 replies
Brett Christenson

How do you hire a UX researcher?

Anyone have advice on hiring a user researcher? We have UX designers but having someone focused on research would really round out our team. Having a design background it is easier for me to interview graphic/interaction designers but interviewing researchers has felt awkward. 

I am wondering:

1. How important is the PHD?

2. Are there strong differences in personality types Research vs. Design?

18 Jan 2009 - 11:07pm
7 years ago
42 replies
Michael Eckersley

Masters Programs in Interaction Design and Design Management at University of Kansas

Dear IXDA Members,

Last January, 2008 The University of Kansas launched two new
professional graduate programs: one in Interaction Design and another
in Design Management. The programs were years in the making and are
headed up by myself, Michael Eckersley and Richard Branham, with other
strong contributing faculty. More on Richard and myself below.