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8 Jul 2011 - 10:17am
2 years ago
5 replies
Susan Mercer

Showing User-Entered vs. Default Values in a form

I'm working with a client that has a consumer-based application to provide energy-saving tips.  There is a long questionnaire, so the system uses a lot of intelligent defaults based on what utility and third-party information the system has access to, as well as local, regional, and national averages.  

So, at first glance, the user fills out a handful of fields and gets energy-saving tips and savings estimates.  But, the more fields that they fill out with real information, instead of the defaults, the better the estimates.

6 May 2011 - 2:41pm
1 year ago
6 replies
30 Jan 2014 - 11:29am
4 weeks ago
7 replies

Prototyping vs annotated wireframe deliverable

I am wondering if it is possible to create annotated wireframes with a browser chrome or a device around the UI that can be viewed in an annotated deliverable but then be able to remove the chrome/device in the prototype version of the same wireframe file. I.e. Maybe put the device/chrome in a layer that can be turned off when the prototype is generated? Anyone have ideas which programs may be able to do this?

28 Apr 2005 - 4:16pm
8 years ago
2 replies
Wendy Fischer

guidelines for icon design/mobile devices

Are there any guidelines out there pertaining to the production of graphics/suggested color palettes, etc for icons on mobile phones?

I've looked and can't find anything. I've noticed that the Yahoo and MSN icons look specifically formatted and designed for the mobile browser - aka they look brighter and a little rougher around the edges as opposed to the normal Yahoo icons.

11 Aug 2009 - 9:01am
4 years ago
8 replies

Flowchart: action box or decision box?

I'm doing an exercise to practice the design of task flow. I have one
step which has 5 options in it. And the user is supposed to choose one
and move forward. In this case, shall I use the diamond decision box
or the rectangular action box to illustrate this step? I googled a
little bit. And it seems that the outcome of a diamond box is usually
YES or NO instead of options. Where can I find more complicated
samples for learning purpose? Thanks.

1 Oct 2009 - 1:05pm
4 years ago
106 replies
Chris Ryan

Article on Number of Usability Test Participants

I have been looking, unsuccessfully, through back issues of interactions magazine for an article, published a few years back, written I believe by someone from Microsoft as part of a debate about statistical significance in usability testing. There was something of a debate about testing with large numbers of users, and this article, as I recall, made an eloquent case for sticking to six to eight participants. Does anyone remember this? Perhaps I'm wrong in recalling that it was in interactions.

1 Oct 2007 - 8:40am
6 years ago
11 replies
Todd Warfel

The Five Types of Prototypes

So, this whole discussion about making clickable wireframes got me
thinking about something. As I'm working through my book,
interviewing a number of people from different backgrounds, I've come
across 5 different types, or purposes perhaps, for prototype:

1. As a common communication platform–using them to get everyone on
the same page, avoiding misinterpretation of ideas, using them as a
method to show and tell.

12 Sep 2007 - 4:04am
6 years ago
4 replies

looking for a well designed complex checkout process


As it says in the subject, I'm looking for a well designed webshop -
checkout process that includes many options and ramifications.

22 Mar 2008 - 5:14pm
6 years ago
29 replies
Matt Nish-Lapidus

Flex? (was: What's exciting in Adobe Thermo?)

So, all this talk about Thermo and how it integrates into Flex... but
do people use Flex for real projects? I have yet to see any web
app/site that really uses Flex for an RIA.. most apps still use (and
will use IMHO) web standard technologies like html, css, javascript,

What are people suing Flex for? intranet apps? industrial?


HCI Masters Programs: Georgia Tech v. Indiana Purdue v. Indiana Bloomington

Hello everyone. I am a soon-to-be HCI graduate student who is looking for some input and comments about certain M.S. in HCI programs that I have been accepted into. Before I talk about the schools, let me say a few things about my intended career path.