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12 Nov 2009 - 8:55am
4 years ago
3 replies

User data order during light signup

Hi IxDA'ers,

I'm working on a project that captures user data for a newsletter
signup. The only mandatory field is the email address. We also ask
for name, job title and company name too.

My question:

If email is the only required field and we, as a business, want the
best conversion, does order of these fields matter?

Is the natural mental model name first then related information after


-- Rob

PS. Is there any research to support either options and which have
better yields?

14 Sep 2010 - 3:29am
3 years ago
7 replies

How to best prototype RIAs?


I am searching for a suitable way to prototype a business application which will most likely be implemented either using Adobe Flex or Silverlight.

The application will probably use such functionalities like drag&drop, calendars to select a specfic date or a date range and several kinds or charts etc.

6 Feb 2009 - 11:04am
5 years ago
1 reply
Hans Petter Eide

Testing and feedback from only one person

I'm currently writing my master thesis on visualisation of
positioning data. The thesis is written for a hospital here in
Norway, and my challenge is that there is only one interested party -
a nurse who works at the hospital and who has a high responisibility
to make sure that patients and doctors are at their expected location
at the expected time.

When reading litterature about participatory design I only find
examples where a larger number of persons would take advantage of the
product being developed.

19 May 2009 - 4:19pm
5 years ago
20 replies
Sharon Greenfield5

Tale of buying a chair


I went to look at an Aeron chair.
Then I clicked to look at the pricing:

Pricing Information

Whether you're looking for list pricing of a chair or the components
of a complete workstation, you'll find the information you need here.

For further information, contact a Herman Miller dealer or consumer
store near you.

Basically: 'You'll find the information here. But to find the
information go there.'

Lolz. If their interface design is so ridiculous, I'm sure the same
goes for their product.


18 Dec 2008 - 2:55pm
Greg Petroff

interaction'09|vancouver Conference Update

Hi All,

Here is some more information regarding where we are with plans for the coming interaction'09|vancouver conference.

We still have slots open to attend the conference. We are pretty flexible with the space we have so we can add numbers....but it makes it harder for us to plan things like catering etc. So if you are planning on coming please try to sign up soon. It will help the planning team immeasurably!!!

Workshops Update: Workshops are discounted to $200 USD until December 31. January 1st they go up to $250.00 each.

21 Nov 2006 - 2:09pm
John Schrag

Mouse mastery (was: Whats the proper name for motor memory withininteraction?)

Lisa deBettencourt wrote:
> There have been quite a number of tests done with older populations
> where they've found that the computer/keyboard/mouse design isn't
> intuitive, but learned. They've seen people have pick up the mouse and

> hold it in the air wondering what it does.

Adrian Howard replied:
> Yup. I remember helping out with an adult education course in the late
> eighties when a (bright) business studies teacher hadn't encountered a
> mouse before.

25 Jul 2011 - 3:41am
2 years ago
4 replies

Quality Indicator

Hi, I am currently trying to design a visualization for "Quality Indicator" (QI). The QI shall represent the quality of the data that has been loaded in to the software. I have a couple of preliminary thoughts -

1. A circle which shows a traffic light signal (red/yellow/green). This however would be a problem for the colorblind folks.

2. Signal bars - a set of 5 bars with increasing height (typically used in mobile phones to show the strength of the signal). Whether the bar is filled with a color depends on the quality of the input data.

27 Jul 2009 - 8:31pm
4 years ago
2 replies
Jarod Tang

good read: Jonathan Ive on The Key to Apple's Success


"We try not to bring out another product that's just different," he said.
"'Different' and 'new' is relatively easy. Doing something that's genuinely
better is very hard."


6 Jun 2011 - 7:43pm
3 years ago
47 replies

can an IPAD UI function as a desktop UI

Hi all, I'm a UI asked by a client to create a UI for Ipad and a Web App with the same functionality and workflows. I've been asked by engineers to keep the UI the same on the ipad and desktop web app. I'm wondering if anyone knows of research on this subject, can an Ipad UI function just as well as a desktop UI? Or is it important to have two UI's one for the ipad, and the other for the desktop app. Also more generally the number of devices accessing apps, clouds, web so in will certainly skyrocket.

19 Sep 2011 - 11:03am
2 years ago
1 reply

IxD Schools... Advice needed!

Hey everyone, I'm in the process of finding a masters program for Interactive Design and would like some opinions. I recently graduated with a BA in Psychology but want to persue a different path. I've found some masters programs that accept students from all backgrounds and would like to know what you think, as professionals, about them.