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28 Jul 2004 - 5:22pm
Beth Mazur

EVENT: Aging by Design -- Older Adults and Technology, Waltham MA, 9/27&28/04

I'm hoping this isn't too off-topic for this list, but I think there are some
interesting speakers here for both digital and physical IxDers. Toss
in a value price and Boston in the fall, and it might be just the ticket!

28 Jul 2004 - 3:14pm
10 years ago
8 replies

Re: Design specs (Was: Design Methodology for GUI

There seem to be a lot of different ways to approach spec writing, but for anyone that's interested here is one way to go:

I mostly agree with all of Jim's observations about what a good spec has, although my experience is that trying to defend every decision in a spec is not the best way to go. I prefer to write the spec as I want to see the product designed (functionally and visually) and then defend any decisions on a case-by-case basis in review sessions.

28 Jul 2004 - 12:04pm

Re: Design specs (Was: Design Methodology for GUI development)

Elizabeth Bacon <eb at> writes:

>What is QE, exactly?

Well, there's a big old Pandora's Box for you. <grin>

"QE" stands for "Quality Engineering". It used to be know largely as
"Quality Assurance", and the Microsoft-approved term seems to be
"Test Engineer".

27 Jul 2004 - 10:12pm
Elizabeth Bacon

Design specs (Was: Design Methodology for GUI development)

Hi Jim,

What is QE, exactly?

But I have another question: what is the ideal kind of interaction design
spec to receive, speaking from a QE/development/testing perspective?

27 Jul 2004 - 6:21am
10 years ago
1 reply
Michael Bartlett

Follow up: Remote Control stuff

Purely for interest's sake...

Has both touch screen and tactile inputs. Although it's a tad pricey. Anyone
care to donate one and I'll do a full usability *cough* study *splutter* on
it... ;)

26 Jul 2004 - 3:10pm
David Texidor

RE: Digest, Vol 10, Issue 23

Hi Sean,

I'd like to suggest doing a search on to see another example of filtered results.

I don't mean for this to be a selfish plug by any means (as a matter of fact, I welcome any critiques...), but we've developed a navigated or filtered search similar to what you describe. The idea behind it is the user can continue to narrow/filter and always get a result. We use links instead of dropdowns.

26 Jul 2004 - 1:57pm
10 years ago
3 replies
Schomer, Todd

Tracking/Reporting Issues/Improvements

Hello All,

Just joined the list, and must admit that I haven't seen what kind of
content streams through here, so hopefully my first post won't be too off...

I'm trying to come up with a good system for tracking all of the data I
generate/collect about the products we develop here. Typical info usually

* Usability issues
* UI Guideline issues - consistency, standards, etc.
* Artwork issues (masks that need clean-up, etc.)
* Feature/UI ideas for making product more useful

What tools do you use to keep this all going? Filemaker database?

26 Jul 2004 - 1:04pm
10 years ago
2 replies
Sean King

Design patterns for parametric comparisons

Hi Everyone,
Long time lurker, first time writing.

I'm currently working on a project that requires
sorting and comparison of multiple parameters
associated to each product served up in a search
results page and I would love to get some opinions
from this community.

In my particular industry, the standard display for
this type of information is to display all of the
results in a sortable table, giving the user ability
to sort each column.

26 Jul 2004 - 10:33am
Dan Saffer

Boston IxDG Dinner This Sunday

In case you missed it the first time:

IxDG (the group that sponsors this list) is hosting a dinner in
Cambridge this Sunday night, right before the Designing Interactive
Systems conference.

If you are in town for the conference (or just in town), send me an
email and I'll send you the details.


23 Jul 2004 - 4:57pm
Christian Simon

UI-Interaction Designers - frog design San Francisco

I went to a frog open house at frog SF once.
They have a really nice office space.

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