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31 Mar 2009 - 9:07am
5 years ago
1 reply

Names are Important (was Wood gatherers...)

Good grief! I mean, really?!?

We are not cave people. We don't (only ;) ) communicate with grunts and
chest beating. We have words. Words are one of the most valuable things we
have as humans. They have real meaning. They build up language, which is
at the heart of everything else we build and often at the heart of our
relationships and just generally how we relate to that which is outside

Discussing naming is inextricably intertwined with discussing the underlying
concepts, which are the important bits and what people get worked up over.
Titles are names.

1 Jun 2010 - 2:07pm
David Scharn

RE: [IxDA] Speaker for a Usability lecture at a large corporate event?

Hi Deb,

Can you describe the audience for this talk? Will your speaker address financial institution senior management, product managers, software developers, designers, all of the above? What is the purpose of the talk? What's the occasion? Defining the audience and purpose will help us make more meaningful recommendations for a speaker.

Dave Scharn

18 Jan 2005 - 1:10am
9 years ago
12 replies

"surprise and delight"

When major customers walk into a Circuit City location, CIO Mike Jones
wants to whisper customized sales pitches into their ears‹literally.

Jones's scenario is simple: As customers walk into the store, they receive
a very light wireless headset. As they walk through the store, the device
uses sensors to learn where the customer is. When the customer stops in a
certain area, the headset can explain items, present audio from a TV
demonstration and potentially even connect the customer live with a
centralized sales assistant.

30 Jan 2007 - 3:38pm

Recommendations for firm specialized in customer support solutions

Hi all,

I was wondering if you have a strong recommendation for a company with
experience designing solutions for customer support, specifically
related to call-trees (design of voice-menus navigation systems,
familiarity with this technology, mapping it to the business processes
behind customer support, etc).



Dave Wood

Represented (designer\'s) Model


I am currently engaged in doctorate research enquiring deeper into
what Alan Cooper et al describe as 'represented models', and what
Don Norman describes as a 'designer's model' for a PhD practical

Could the community suggest some seminal books, journal articles and
papers I should read? I have read 'About Face 3' and 'Design of
Everyday Things'.

Keywords I suggest would be: represented models, designer's models,
design models, conceptual models, user's mental models, user's
models, system images.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

14 Apr 2009 - 2:31am
Mat Atkinson

JavaFX vs. AIR or Silverlight

There was a recent thread on the pros and cons of Silverlight vs.

I would be interested in hearing people's views about how JavaFX
compares as a RIA framework.

8 Sep 2007 - 7:45pm
7 years ago
4 replies
Eric Scheid

looking for: innovative gym/trainer sites

I'm looking for innovative uses of web2.0/IxD functionality on websites of
fitness gyms and personal trainers .. a scan through most of the local gyms
turned up bupkis, a truly sad collection of brochureware.

So, I'm casting my net wider - have you seen or used a website for a fitness
gym or personal trainer that leverages the rich possibilities of modern IxD
functionality, and/or web2.0 community driven content?

Or am I hoping for too much from a bunch of jocks ;-)


22 Jul 2011 - 5:14pm
3 years ago
3 replies

Interested in being a User Interface Designer

I am a young woman who recently completed her Bachelor's in Information Science at Pitt. I am interested in design, particularly how it relates to human-computer interaction. I would want to do an entry-level position because my experience is good, but limited. I would even take on an internship if possible.  Do you have any advice?

12 Jun 2008 - 11:29am
S Rummler

Collaboration and IxD

I'm interested in hearing about situations where IxD itself shapes collaboration / social computing / 2.0 platforms, especially trends and research that haven't bubbled to the surface yet.
I'm editing a book and looking for innovative chapter submissions.

Details are at: http://www.igi-global.com/requests/details.asp?ID=388 .


19 Nov 2003 - 1:20pm
Kristoffer Åberg

Patriarchs of the Design Family (was: New Uber DesignOrg)

MessageDo I defend IDSA or Icograda? Not necessarily, but I support every honest attempt to strengthen the voice of design.

Would I want to have someone else speak for me? Yes, if they among other things constitute a powerful (lobbying) force to develop, educate about and promote the importance of design to relevant stakeholders. No, if they presume to speak for the discipline I adhere to, interaction design, without having the required competence to do so, and going counter to my interests.