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14 May 2008 - 1:38pm
6 years ago
8 replies
Susie Robson

Terminology issues

I need a little help/advice on a terminology issue.

Background: I work in our Business Applications Usability department and we have
many internal applications that we use within the company, across the globe. We
are working on a Local Language project that will focus on our employees in the
offices in China, Japan, and Korea (CJK).

2 Dec 2005 - 9:00am
8 years ago
7 replies
Baron Lane

Messaging Patterns

Hey all,

I'm attempting to determine industry standards for website communication but am having a hard time finding any formal documentation.

What constitutes a "warning" and an "alert"? Is a warning a subset of an alert? How about a reminder, is it a type of warning?

3 Oct 2006 - 4:15pm
8 years ago
3 replies
Eugene Chen

user centered design -> overlapping circles -> boundary selection

I'm working on some product strategy at the moment.

Imagine a scenario like this:
- Book publishers need a system that lets them communicate with the
Warehouse and Authors.
- The Warehouse needs a system that lets them communicate with Publishers,
but they also have need a system to communicate with Stores and manage
Inventory, etc.

If you build the system for the Publishers, then the Warehouse now has to
use two systems, which inevitably are going to have a lot of overlapping

30 Jun 2007 - 2:37pm
Barbara Ballard

Job: Interaction Designer, Lawrence, KS, USA

Interaction Designer (1 full time, 1 contract)

Little Springs Design, a mobile user experience design firm, is
growing. We have an immediate need for an interaction designer for
full time work. This position can be either senior or regular, and
pay will be based on experience.

17 Dec 2009 - 8:25am
4 years ago
16 replies
Don Habas

Long Online Application and Chunking with Several Pages

Hi All.

I'm designing a very long online application for a financial product which spans across several pages. There are some sections which may possibly show a great deal of additional (reflexive) questions for certain scenarios.

For instance, on a page with 10 questions, the way questions 2, 3, 6, and 7 are answered may then show an additional 10-15 questions for each. Originally, I was going to display the reflexive questions under each parent question. However, I think it may intimidate the user and cause them to abandon.

26 Oct 2009 - 10:34am
5 years ago
4 replies
Jennifer Hoppenrath

Faceted Search Stats

Hi All,
Does anyone know of anywhere that I can find stats for the impact of faceted search functions on e-commerce sites?  (For example, Amazon comes to mind where the search function is utlized 90% of the time.) I am trying to convince a client to spend the development money to revamp their taxonomy and include a faceted search function on their site. 
Jennifer Hoppenrath
Jennifer Hoppenrath  Senior Information Architect  Office +1 (206) 816-8497  Mobile +1 (206) 724-3077     

26 Feb 2004 - 7:13pm
Josh Seiden

When a widget is just not right ( was RE: [ID Discuss]Re-orderingrows in a table.)

Another spin on this great subject line:

When an answer is just not right, re-think the

In other words...

When faced with a choice between two undesirable
solutions, it often pays to go back to the problem
definition. Sometimes by redefining the question, you
can open up a new solution space that includes
something desirable.

Some questions I would ask: why does a user want to
re-order things on this page? Are all re-ordering
options equally valid? Is complete flexibility needed?
Is it even desirable? Maybe template-based layouts work

9 May 2008 - 12:33am
Nasir Barday

When things go bump in the night (at IxDA.org)

Hi Everyone,

You may not have noticed, but something went bump in the night on the IxDA
web site this week. After investigating an issue someone reported with our
RSS feeds, we found that someone had inserted some malicious code onto our
site. The code quietly directed visitors' browsers in the background to a
site that attempts to install malicious software on visitors' computers.

14 Sep 2009 - 4:14pm
5 years ago
1 reply

Site-mapping visualization tools (to be run locally)

Hi Gang,

I've got a big sprawling site that I'd like to crawl and render as a
visual sitemap so I can get a better handle on some of the IA
concerns. I'd been doing it by hand on earlier versions, but its just
gotten too big.

Can anyone recommend software that will do this automatically?
Preferably something I can run locally (for privacy / security


1 Apr 2010 - 11:58pm
4 years ago
2 replies

Request for advice to undergraduate Industrial Engineers (Human Factors Stream)

HI all,

I am currently in my 3rd year in Industrial Engineering at University of Toronto and am going through the job hunt to look for a full year internship in the area of Interface design,  information architecture and usbiliherty analysis.

However Im finding it extremely frustrating that there are no (might be an exaggeration) internships out there for undergraduates. They all seem to require masters degree or experience.