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6 Jul 2008 - 7:38am
6 years ago
1 reply
Jarod Tang

quite good introduction on activity theory

Hi Guys,

There's a good introduction of activity theory,

texts from this article
As an alternative theory, the conceptual framework of Activity theory
is a good way of providing the means of analyzing the actions and
interactions with artifacts within a historical and cultural context –
an approach which was lacking in the existing cognitive theories.

1 Oct 2008 - 1:26pm
Caroline Jarrett

Entry for huge amounts of data

Carl Simpson
> I'm working on project that I think is somewhat unique, and
> unfortunately, I can only describe it in very general terms.
> It's a data entry system for items that contain rather large amounts of
> data. There are about 20 categories of data associated with each item.
> Each category will contain roughly 5 to 10 pieces of actual information
> (numbers, dates, short strings, etc), and many of the categories will
> be used several times for each item.

11 Jan 2005 - 9:54am
9 years ago
7 replies
Jared M. Spool

What Makes a Design Seem 'Intuitive'?

Hi everyone,

A while back on this list, there was a fascinating discussion about what
makes a design seem intuitive to a user.

I finally had a chance to get my thoughts down on the subject and I've put
it into this article:

Basically, our research has shown that there are two conditions where users
will tell you an interface seems intuitive:

#1: Current Knowledge (the knowledge the user comes to the design with) and
Target Knowledge (the knowledge they need to complete their objective) are

11 Jun 2011 - 10:50am

Re: Color and Usability / User Experience

While I'm sure someone has researched how a particular shade of red improves conversions I believe that contrast and understanding how certain hues recede vs 'pop ', emotions of color etc. Smashing Magazine has a good color theory article that I will link to later.

On Jun 10, 2011 4:54 PM, "Karen Lindemann" wrote:
I'm looking for a study or guidelines about how to use color to enhance the usability of a website or an application.

30 Dec 2009 - 4:36pm
4 years ago
1 reply
Mabel Ney

Conferences for UX of Medical Devices and EMR

Can anyone suggest a good conference focusing on usability and UX of
medical devices/electronic medical records?


12 Feb 2007 - 5:30pm
7 years ago
4 replies
Cri mi

usability,a calendar and fun

Hi all,

I remember visiting a site that showed usability principles on a calendar (one a month). If I remember corrently it was designed by a company in Europe. Can anyone send me the link?

It seemed like a fun way to show to your peers what it means to follow (or actually not to follow) usability guidelines. If you know of other examples that can serve this purpose , please share them as well.

Thanks in advance.


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23 Dec 2004 - 1:40pm
Nicole Maron

ID contract opp at WaveMarket

hello Al, my name in Nicole Maron, and I'm the new Sr. Interface and Product
Designer at Wavemarket. Inc. in Emeryville, CA. I've been lurking on this list
for a few weeks and have really been enjoying the discussions. As soon as I
have a non-work- or holdiay-related moment I'll be happy to jump in.

In the meantime, we are in need of a jr- to mid-level interaction designer for a
quick 1 month contract in Jan. We'd like to talk to someone ASAP. This would be
a good opp for someone who is relatively fresh out of school, or making the
move into UE from another discipline.

22 Feb 2010 - 3:46pm
Claire Rowland

JOB: Research Design Leads at Fjord (Berlin and Helsinki)

> Fjord (www.fjordnet.com) are seeking Research Design Leads for our
> Berlin and Helsinki offices.
> Representing the human perspective in design, the Research Design Lead
> (RDL) plays a key role in the Fjord design process, working
> collaboratively with interdisciplinary teams and with our clients to
> create innovative services and products, spaces, interactions, visuals
> and experiences.

4 Feb 2004 - 2:26pm
10 years ago
6 replies
Anirudha Joshi

Dont fall in the cracks, was: Mind the Gap!

Hi. I come from a design background, and the field of Interaction Design
in India (small though it is) is full of product and visual design
professionals who crossed over some time during the past 15 years and
are largely self-taught.

Personally, I taught my first course on user interface design back in
1994, and have been a teaching Interaction Design professionally since
1998 in a design school.

When I teach a course on HCI / Interaction Design / Usability, I sorely
miss teachers / courses from the backgrounds of cognitive psychology,
instructional design and written communication.