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26 Jul 2010 - 1:05pm
4 years ago
4 replies
Josh Damon Williams
13 Nov 2003 - 6:01pm
Josh Seiden

FW: [usability-pr] Boston PR Event

Thought you all might be interested in this post from
another list...

Usability-pr is a low traffic list with some goals that
overlap with those of this list.


-----Original Message-----
From: Tony Brown [mailto:tony at softplex.com]
Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2003 2:34 PM
To: usability-pr at smartgroups.com
Subject: [usability-pr] Boston PR Event

Hi All,

Hope your human factors and usabi

31 Jan 2008 - 1:06pm
Lori Baker

Looking for Usability Recruiting Firms in Western Europe

We are working on a project that plans to start testing in Germany,
France, Spain, Austria and Belgium specifically and I was hoping to
get some good recommendations on usability recruiting firms in those
countries. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!


10 Jun 2007 - 4:19pm
Dan Zlotnikov

[Humour] Some suggestions on keyboard and mouse improvement

Lore Sjöberg of Alt Text proposes a few interesting (and only slightly
insane) improvements for the world's most common desk ornaments.


Dan Zlotnikov

25 Sep 2009 - 2:36pm
Eusebio Reyero

UX Bookclub in Madrid! (Event)

If you are in Madrid (Spain) and you work in designing interfaces, on 6
October you have once opportunity to chat and exchange views environment to
book "Don´t me made think" of Steve Krug.

This event will be in Spanish.


6 October 2009.

2 Dec 2007 - 7:49pm
Robert Fraher

Interaction Designer: A Critical Analysis (grad school project)

My name is Robert Fraher. I am a graduate student at the University
of Minnesota pursuing a Masters of Fine Art degree in Interactive

I am currently finishing a research paper in which I have applied
Murray and Ozanne’s (1991) Critical Theory method to two questions:
1) Why is the professional title of interaction designer not broadly
understood throughout the business environment?

3 Aug 2004 - 11:41am
9 years ago
2 replies
nspraker at com...

Windows Control - Status indicator

I am working on a development project for a Windows application (not web-based). The target audience is an average Windows user that will be using the application for 6-8 hours everyday. The application allows the user to perform many different business tasks. Each business task could contain several steps. I am looking for a Windows control that will allow the user to quickly see what step they are in within the business task. However, I do not want to go with a Wizard approach since it will slow down the user and speed is critical.

12 Apr 2006 - 12:50pm
8 years ago
2 replies

Usability vs. Marketing (was 'R&D' vs. 'mainline')

I've thought about this some more, and this really comes down to the 'usability
/ marketability' issue. What have others' experiences been with this issue? My
company is almost exclusvely marketing-focused. Getting to end-users for
'real-world' usage info has not been easy. We rely almost entirely on our sales
organization as surrogates for them.

What arguments can I use to challenge this mindset?

22 Mar 2005 - 11:35am
9 years ago
4 replies
Dan Saffer

Re: Metaphor

On Mar 22, 2005, at 10:59 AM, Adam Korman wrote:

> Although software isn't human it engages our human emotions but
> because it has complex behavior like humans. So, it's really too bad
> that it follows its own machine logic... wouldn't it be nice if
> sometimes computers followed human logic? That would be refreshing.

They can't. They aren't human. Thus they have to be designed to present
themselves as though they had human motivations and behaviors. One way
of doing this is via metaphor. "Dialog" boxes pop up to ask you

8 Jun 2010 - 11:02am
4 years ago
8 replies
Craig Melbourne

Designing for a TV screen

I'm doing some design research for a client who offer a Video On Demand service in the UK. Currently, the service is predominantley available in a desktop browser environment. Sensible, they are now starting to get the service on to televisions via the slew of devices able to do this (games console, internet ready TVs etc...).

I've been asked to provide a 'best practice' design guidelines document based on existing IxD models to give them a strong base to start their design work. With particular interst in: