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16 Aug 2010 - 2:05pm
41 weeks ago
7 replies
Volkan Unsal

What questions to ask for a persona interview?


I am pre paring to conduct an interview to create personas for a medical web application doctors and patients. This app is not built yet, and the feature set will be drawn from the personas -- which is why it's giving me a pause. I am used to writing interviews about usability, and always used to work with existing websites. I never created personas before, though I used them before, and I'm having difficulty coming up with questions to ask the interview candidates.



19 Jan 2010 - 4:25am
3 years ago
35 replies
Himanshu Agrawal

1 Year Masters Course in Interaction Design

Hello Everyone,
I want to pursue one year Masters course in Interaction Design.
Can you please suggest some good Design Instiutes of US and Europe which
1 Year Masters Course in Interaction Design.

Thank You.

15 Apr 2009 - 12:22pm
5 years ago
19 replies
Alan Cox

Password Strength Requirements

Does anyone have any evidence, anecdotal or formal, about how
different password strength requirements impact the usability of a
web-based application?

There's a spectrum of different strength requirements. I've seen
sites that don't have any requirements, other than the password

6 Sep 2007 - 11:20am
7 years ago
21 replies

Branding - including .com in logo/name?

Hi folks,

This isn't necessarily IX, but maybe it is. I have a client who is working
on a new app, a portal. Let's say the name is "DirtyChicken". Their logo is
a simple logotype of "DirtyChicken.com"

I've always wondered if the ".com" is necessary in the logo - particularly
because it isn't .net or .org - .com being the most popular. It seems to me
that successful sites brand themselves as what they are indistinct from the
web address (even though the name is the same).

24 Jun 2011 - 3:53am
2 years ago
38 replies
Silvia Di Gianf...

Technical skills of an Interaction Designer

Hi all,
as Interaction Designer I think it's a foundamental matter to have a deep knowledge of  "how it works behind the scenes" what we design for people to use.

The question is: which language (HTML, Java, Javascript, DHTML...) do you think an Interaction Designer should be fluent in and at which level?



2 Sep 2014 - 9:29am
Dave Jones

Transition Experience from One Site to Another

I'm currently working on a big project in which we're standing up a client's new website to relaunch their brand. They have initiated a merger with a sister company, as well. So, we're also merging web experiences for these two organizations into one. 

5 Mar 2010 - 1:24pm
24 weeks ago
25 replies

Creating Design Documents for an iPhone App

Another iPhone app question for you folks. Interally we got the go ahead to run with our app. To get this far I had used vector and photoshop assets found on the web to create concept screens, which worked quite well. Basically I made comps in Illustrator and imported them into InDesign with very little annotation at this point (again just concepts.)

23 Mar 2009 - 9:12am
5 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.

27 Mar 2008 - 11:21am
28 weeks ago
5 replies
Jeff Axup

Use Case / Requirements Management Tools

Hi Everyone,

My company is currently looking into tools to manage use cases and

Since these terms can mean a wide variety of things I'll give an example of
how we're using them:

*Requirement:* The product should be secure and protect the safety and
privacy of the user.
*Use Case:* The user logs on to the system.
*Sub-use case/scenario:* The user has mistyped their password while logging
*Associated features: *Login screen, password security feedback, lost
password functionality, error feedback system.
*Associated users/actors: *Child, parent, administrator

We are developi

19 Sep 2008 - 5:52am
2 years ago
3 replies
Caroline Jarrett

Next & previous button order (long)

Nick wrote:

> As an aside, I'm sending this from my web-based version of home email
> (it gets complicated). I fill in a text field to write this, then if I
> go bottom left, the most obvious button is actually 'inbox', which
> loses my inputs. I've done that more than once. So why am I looking to
> the bottom left? I don't think I do that on other forms.

Here's what I've learned from many years of usability testing and some
eye-tracking studies of forms.

What users really do is look for 'next box for me to type in'.