Discussion Archive

21 Feb 2005 - 11:18am
9 years ago
6 replies
FelcanSmith, Mark

To sort or not to sort

I'm reviewing designs for a search feature. My question is regarding the
search results...the design has the results coming back in a table/grid
format. Columns contain Title/Description, Subtype/Date, and File Type.

I initially was reviewing the wireframes for consistency w/ the
application this feature will be integrated with, and not necessarily at
the context of use of this feature. I came back w/ a recommendation to
include sortability on the results table.

30 Nov 2006 - 10:00am
8 years ago
6 replies
Mark Richman

Revealing Keyboard Shortcuts

I am building a desktop application -- which may also find its way
to the web. A few months ago, for a different project, I researched
accessibility literature because there was a clear need for keyboard
shortcuts in some parts of the interface. In the literature, I didn't
find any ideas or consensus that gave me an 'A-ha' moment.

I'd like to make keyboard shortcuts very clear in the current
project. The only commonly-used method of which I'm aware is to
underline the shortcut character within the command name.

16 Nov 2009 - 10:41pm
5 years ago
1 reply
jason zietz

[EVENT] IxDA Colorado - User Experience education: from workshops to conferences to degrees

Want to learn (or learn more) about User Experience Design -- Interaction
Design, Usability, and related fields? In this meeting, we'll sort through
our choices for education in User Experience fields -- ranging from free to
thousands of dollars -- from seminars to conferences to college degrees.
We'll focus on education here in Colorado, but also discuss out-of-state

*Who Should Attend: *anyone who works, or wants to work, in the intersection
of humans and technology. Many, but not all, will be creating websites and
various types of applications.

23 Dec 2008 - 3:21pm
Loren Baxter

Spinner Control Usability

Hi all,

I've heard of studies that show spinner controls, especially in their
default browser rendering, have relatively poor usability. I've never
actually seen one of these studies, and can't seem to find any. Does anyone
have any references they can share that discuss this issue?



25 Nov 2005 - 7:41am
9 years ago
6 replies
Petteri Hiisilä

Crash course in Flash?


It looks like I should use Flash to create mock-ups/wireframes/demos
for some of my future projects, but I haven't used Flash before. Can
anyone recommend a good tutorial, either a website or a book, for
this purpose?


Petteri Hiisilä
Senior Interaction Designer
IX Design / +358505050123 / petteri.hiisila at ixdesign.fi

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

11 Apr 2005 - 5:19pm
9 years ago
4 replies
ji kim

dumbing it down and ease of use.....

I just read an article about how this company is trying to dumb down its software to make it easier to use. It's great that they are trying to focus more on ease of use, but I guess I have a problem with the word "dumbing it down".

This isn't the first time I heard companies using this terminology/metaphor, do they really believe "ease of use = stuff that's designed for dumb people"?????

25 Oct 2004 - 6:03pm
10 years ago
2 replies

research: music and memory

Marcos Weskamp and I are currently working on a project that links
music and memory, at Interaction Design Institute Ivrea. At this point
we are collecting data to populate the database that will be used for
the visualization.

In a form we have put online we ask you to mention a specific song that
you relate to a memory. Do you have a specific song that reminds you of
your first girlfriend; that cool wedding of your best friend; a summer
vacation? We are sure that you can find plenty examples! You can even
sketch out your memory, among other things!

27 Apr 2004 - 4:37pm
10 years ago
4 replies
Cindy Alvarez

Written aspects of interaction design

Andrei writes:
bloggers/designers themselves doing not only their
> own visual work, but the IA work *and* the coding behind their blogs.
> (I'm still catching up myself in this whole blog thing, having only
> gotten started in late December of 2003.) For these designers to learn
> the interaction piece as it applies to more robust applications is not
> a far stretch, imho. Once they do, they'll have the skills in visual,
> IA, interaction and base level coding.

19 Jul 2010 - 4:15am
4 years ago
11 replies

Why people still think that it is necessary to name links "click here"?


I am a graphic and interactive designer and I just started a blog about usability with a webdeveloper. So, I would really like to hear from you guys. Suggestions, comments, constructive criticisms, are very welcome.


I hope you like and find it useful. :)

Many thanks,
Mariana Mota


9 Aug 2006 - 11:04am
8 years ago
3 replies
Tague, Kevin C

FW: Illustrator vs Fireworks

"I've found that frames is one of the more difficult things for people
new to FW to wrap their heads around. Here's how I describe it: use
layers to organize your UI *structurally*; use frames to organize
your UI in *time*."

If you're interested in achieving this concept in Photoshop (CS2), you can
use the animation palette to create collections of visible layers, and then
step through the frames for presentation. (if I'm understanding the concept