Discussion Archive

6 Mar 2009 - 4:24pm
7 years ago
7 replies
Alan Cox

Design/UX goals in your company

As it grows, the company I work for is becoming more metric-driven.
Ultimately, I support the idea of having goals and metrics that help
us understand whether we're doing good work, the right work, etc.

I don't expect goals & metrics to ever tell the whole story; the
world is squishy and numbers are unlikely to paint a completely
honest picture. I do think, however, that they'll help us start
conversations and give us something to shoot towards.

I'm curious: what type of goals and metrics exist in your company
that are related to good user experience and good design?

28 Sep 2009 - 4:02pm
6 years ago
7 replies
Amy Jones

Is there a good reason to require people to id their credit card?

Hi all,

Given that it's fairly easy to identify what kind of credit card someone
is using (Visa/MC/Discover/etc), is there a good reason to require
people to select the flavor they're using? I can imagine that people
might get confused if they're not asked, but I'm curious as to whether
there's any research for or against.

Amy Jones

23 Mar 2009 - 10:12am
7 years ago
15 replies
Oleh Kovalchuke

Command line vs. menu driven interface

Katie Albers wrote in another thread:

"Let's take a really obvious example: Every test I've ever seen shows that
people are measurably faster using a mouse-based interface than a
command-based interface. At an extremely high level of expertise both in
typing and in the app, people do, in fact, become faster using the
commands... but "membership" in this group is much smaller than the number
of people who believe they are in the group.

6 Dec 2007 - 4:22am
5 years ago
12 replies
Andrei Herasimchuk

Liquid Blueprint

Hey all.

For some of you who do web work and have heard of Blueprint, you'll
know it's an XHTML+CSS means for creating nicely structured grid
systems for layout work on the web.

16 Mar 2010 - 11:42am
6 years ago
7 replies
Josie Scott

Best Practices for "Was this helpful?"

Many sites that offer help conclude the information with a feedback question such as "Was this helpful?"  This can be a valuable mechanism to tailor online or in product Help better. 

Our team would like your help:  We'd like to hear what everyone does.  What question do you ask with what scale or input?  How well does that work?  What would you change?  What are some best practices for "Was this helpful?" questions.

Josie Scott
TechSmith Corporation User Experience

11 Feb 2009 - 12:55pm
7 years ago
15 replies

To use a colon or not to use a colon after field labels

Could anyone help me on the subject of whether to use colons after field
labels. I have found one accessibility paper and a few other
not-so-respected sources that indicate that colons after field labels
help screen reader users, as well as normal vision users, to expect an
input field. However, after years of including colons after field
labels, our copy dept now maintains that a colon is punctuation and
shouldn't be included after field labels. I've also found Jarrett's, "No
one cares about colons but UX people" and Luke W doesn't mention it in
his book :(.

23 Sep 2010 - 12:51pm
5 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.

11 Mar 2009 - 12:57am
6 years ago
4 replies
Albert Cornelissen

Best practice for for number of items in a dropdown on a web form?

Hello everyone. This is my first post on IxDA. :) I've been
developing web applications for a few years now, and usability has
always been a priority, but I have only really started obessesing
about usability in the last year or so.

A colleague and I had a discussion about the maximum number of
elements that should be used in a (select) dropdown menu on a web

He thinks that fifteen is the maximum. Me? I'm not quite sure what
to think.

23 Mar 2012 - 2:48pm
4 years ago
2 replies

HCI masters in Canada?

Hello everyone,

I'm looking for a masters in HCI in Canada, but I haven't been able to locate a course. 
Can anyone give me any guidance or suggestions???


18 Jul 2010 - 10:12am
4 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.