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15 Jul 2008 - 7:16am
6 years ago
1 reply
Catriona Lohan-...

Issues with iPhone update 2.0

Has anyone else lost their contacts, photos and calendar on their
phone but not on mac? I have tried all the "work arounds" on
apple.com and mobileme to push contacts but no joy. I contacted
iPhone tech support and await their reply.
Catríona Lohan-Conway
User Experience Architect
917 405 5127
clohanconway at mac.com

4 Sep 2007 - 1:00pm
7 years ago
14 replies

The biggest usability problem with Windows

It seems that a part of human nature is to accept things as they are and
adapt accordingly. This can be both a strength and a weakness. With
regard to tools and products, we use what we have, most often accepting
the shortcomings, until someone comes along and invents something better
or makes an improvement. And then we examine the new product or
improvement in awe, wondering why we didn't think of it, surprised at
how obvious it is in hindsight.

28 Mar 2011 - 6:13pm
3 years ago
1 reply

Design Experiments in Extreme Situtation

I'm working on a project where doing the ethnographic studies, and any other user studies are almost impossible! Or there is a chance that I might end-up in jail for years if I want to do the design experiment in the original context! (one of the middle eastern countries). I'm thinking re-creation of such a situation is impossible cause the user's experiments will be totally different in the current context that I'm in (Sweden). In this context person have no idea about how the original context could be, so doing any sort of user studies and design experiments are doomed to failure.

1 Feb 2010 - 9:47am
4 years ago
1 reply

Search Pattern Library

In concert with the publication of our new book about search and discovery, I'm pleased to announce the launch of...


...a gateway to the Search Pattern Library, our colorful public collection of examples, patterns, and anti-patterns.

We hope you find these resources interesting and valuable. Please let us know that you think. Thanks!

Peter Morville
President, Semantic Studios

29 Jan 2004 - 3:52pm
11 years ago
3 replies
Andrew Otwell

Re: aesthetics and objectivity

Bob Baxley wrote:

> I definitely take exception to this statement on two fronts. First, visual
> design is NOT subjective -- unless it's decoration, in which case it's not
> design.

7 Oct 2010 - 9:25pm
4 years ago
1 reply
Loc Ngo

Contextual Menus - Best Practices

Hey all,  what are some of the better implementation of contextual tools you've used or seen?  Here's an example http://screencast.com/t/IKNENcUdm ,  I'm gathering a list of ideas and best practices.   Much appreciated.

28 Mar 2010 - 5:58pm
4 years ago
1 reply
Rob Tannen

Historic Data on Growth of User Interface

Looking for examples of statistical data that would articulate the growth of user interface design in various ways - for example, number of interface design professionals, software applications, etc.

8 Mar 2012 - 10:54am
2 years ago
15 replies
David Birnbaum

Serial comma in UIs?

Hello everyone,

I'm wondering whethere there is an established convention about using serial commas in lists of items in UI text strings. To be more specific, I'm working on Android.

This is a serial comma (the comma preceding "and"): "Portugal, Spain, and France"

24 Jul 2008 - 1:55pm

OSS Design Tools

Since this topic comes up every once in a while, here are two browser-based
applications I recently found. Both are free and open (as in beer and in

Rapid Rabbit
Rapid prototyping tool which allows you to create links between pages. Good
for high level planning and screenflows.

UI mockup tool with stencils for Windows XP, Vista, and GNOME/gtk

Celeste 'seele' Paul

31 Jul 2004 - 3:12pm
Andrew Otwell

"Designing Everyday Computational Things", Johan Redström

Hans didn't post the URL for this diss. It's at
http://www.viktoria.se/~johan/thesis/ and is exceptionally good. If
anyone's read Malcolm McCullough's recent "Digital Ground", Redström's
project covers pretty much the same topic, but is written as a series
of design case studies, which I find more interesting reading.

> For example, I have been interested in the work of Redstrom :
> Jonas Redstrom, Designing Everyday Computational Things
> Ph. D. Thesis. Gothenburg Studies in Informatics, No.