Discussion Archive

11 Feb 2009 - 11:55am
6 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 :(.

2 Sep 2014 - 3:23pm
1 year ago
6 replies

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19 Dec 2008 - 3:41am
5 years ago
11 replies
Sam Menter

best practice for security questions

Hi there

Can anyone point me in the direction of sample security questions that could
be used to verify a user's identity if they don't have an email address and
have forgotten a password? EG Mother's maiden name, first school etc etc.

I think best practice would be to let a users set the question themselves,
but in this case we need to offer a set of questions for the user to choose

Thanks for the tips,

15 Oct 2008 - 2:35am
4 years ago
73 replies
R. Groot

Can an interaction designer creat (great) interaction without (great) visual design skills?

Hi all,

in my daily work as an interaction designer I mostly create wireframes and
support the visual designers in their creation of the visual design for
these wireframes.

I notice though, that there is a strong dependency on how/if the interaction
will work and the (eventual) visual design.

My question: can an interaction designer create great working interaction
without having visual design skills?

Kind regards,
Rein Groot

3 May 2007 - 9:51am
8 years ago
7 replies
Daniel Williams

good examples of online advertising

Hello all

I am looking for Interesting, fun, rich, interactive (anything really)
examples of good online advertising. I am designing a site that
requires featured space (ads to inspirational content) in order to break the
user's normal purchasing habits (in an attempt to increase average order

Any examples of good online advertising?

(No static banners ads please)

Many thanks


30 May 2014 - 11:04am
1 year ago
0 replies

New FLAT UI Pattern Library for AXURE Users and Fans of Rapid Prototyping

I am happy to share with you an awesome collection of useful components and interactive building blocks that I've been creating in AXURE for the last couple of months.

26 Aug 2008 - 8:10pm
5 years ago
41 replies

Creating a UI Spec Document Template

Right now our small team is communicating UI changes and enhancements
with developers using PowerPoint mock ups with notes. I am concerned
this will eventually backfire and would like to bring a little more
formality to the process. Is anyone willing to share their UI spec
document and/or recommendations for putting together a spec. I have
used the PayPal format before but it has been a while and I don't
remember everything that was in it.

Since our team is very small I don't want to bring about a lot of
paperwork just something to make sure we have all of our bases


4 Mar 2007 - 11:59pm
8 years ago
9 replies
Phil Chung

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?

5 Oct 2009 - 2:13pm
6 years ago
1 reply
Siegy Adler

Identifying Stakeholder Requirements

Here’s my take on a key first step in the development of any
functional spec – the identification of stakeholder requirements.

Let's start by defining the term 'stakeholder'. A stakeholder can
be anyone who has an interest in the successful completion of a
project. This may include the individual(s) authorizing the project
as well as the folks who will actually be using the application. Once
you have identified the stakeholders, at a minimum, you'll need to
get answers to the following questions:


21 Jan 2006 - 5:28pm
9 years ago
23 replies
Jon Kolko [SCAD]

MS, MFA, or Mdes?


If you had your druthers and were pursuing a masters degree in Interaction
Design, would you rather receive an MS, MFA, or M.des? Why?


Jon Kolko
Professor, Industrial & Interaction Design
Savannah College of Art and Design

AOL IM// jkolkoSCAD