Discussion Archive

18 Jun 2007 - 1:27pm
8 years ago
1 reply

Defining usability in the development process

Hey there,

I'm just starting a new gig as Usability Engineer. I've been asked to
present a overall development process that includes usability (yay!). For
example, this is where I come in, this is what I do, this is when the html
guy is in, here is where coding starts, etc etc. I have definite ideas about
this myself, but I would also love to see some thoughts as well. If anyone
has a document to share that I could use in brainstorming, that would be
really helpful. Please CC me at pixelmech at gee mail dot com.



3 Dec 2008 - 10:15am
7 years ago
12 replies

Musical Keyboard-Performer Interaction

Dear friends, do you have any idea or recommendation to me about the
evolution of electric, electronic or digital musical keyboards? They evolved
from mechanical keyboard instruments such as piano, organ, cembalo or
clavichord; and started appearing in 1940s.

15 Oct 2011 - 7:52pm
Margaret Schultz

Survey of UX Professionals


I'm unashamedly shilling for my friend & colleague Cynthia Putnam, who is a professor at DePaul University in the College of Computing and Digital Media. 

22 Jan 2010 - 9:52am
Paul Sherman

UX workshop in Singapore?


You might want to contact the people at Microusability in Singapore; I think they run training workshops.

Paul Sherman

On Jan 22, 2010, at 2:29 AM, Michael Quiapos wrote:


I'm looking for a full workshop regarding User Experience and Interaction Design.

30 Jul 2008 - 9:33pm
Peter Merholz

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2 Dec 2011 - 12:35pm
4 years ago
4 replies

Why did gmail take away the checkmark in their checkboxes?

I find this to be rather confusing. The first few times I used the new gmail design, I kept clicking on my checkboxes. Rows were highlighting and unhighlighting, but I didn't understand what was happening. Then I noticed that the last one I selected had this litte, tiny 1 pxl border color change around the checkmark itself--I suppose to indicate that this was the last item I had selected.

22 Nov 2010 - 11:00pm
James Mansfield

Conversion at what cost - the shortcomings of AB testing

The company I work with has been obsessed with conversion for the last 6 or so months. Well they've always been obsessed with it but about 6 months ago they started using AB testing software to test different ideas and executions. I've loved having the ability to validate ideas but I have to say I'm over the dependance and emphasis placed on it. I also don't think AB testing tells a very full picture. I've written a blog post about it and would love to hear thoughts and experiences from the ICDA community.


16 Mar 2007 - 2:05pm
Andrew Maben

discuss Digest, Vol 42, Issue 15

FWIW, to add one more data point on this behavior and perhaps cast a
glimmer more light - I too perform various mouse actions, that on
reflection I'd classify as reflexive rather than random, most common
of which is selecting/deselecting text by multiple clicks or click-
drag, but also check/uncheck checkboxes, drag images short distances
(Safari), right-clicking, and probably others I don't notice. Is the
behavior more widespread, or merely confined to [forgive
stereotyping] "neurotic creative types"? (I'd guess fairly common,
10%+) Does it matter?

8 Sep 2010 - 2:19pm
5 years ago
2 replies
Michele Marut

recommendations for a simplified Chinese font for a desktop app?

I'm the user researcher who may be getting involved with the localization of a Western desktop app into simplified Chinese. 
My fellow team members are currently dealing with a font issue.

There was a problem with Arial and the unicode looks odd.
I'm posting on their behalf as they are looking for any recommendations for a font.

28 May 2007 - 3:17pm
8 years ago
7 replies
Pawson, Mark

My History, My Profile, My Reports, My I'm confused

I looked at a wireframe I created on Friday in confusion this morning.
What was I thinking with all those "My" tabs and what is the difference
between them? Has anyone else got comments or user research on such
Names in a web application?
In my case the app's main functions are to allow the user to search a
Engineering Parts and Specification document database, list parts found,
compare parts and export information. The idea of My Profile was to be
where the user could customize the Home page to only see content of
interest based on their industry, i.e.