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30 Apr 2004 - 1:12am
10 years ago
1 reply
Frank Ramirez

Success Metrics (was: Visual aspects of interaction design...)

> After all, aren't we all after better products? Better from both a
usable and visual perspective?

Yes, most of us are after better products from a usability and visual
design perspective. However, don't you think that all designs should be
evaluated based on unique, pre-identified success metrics?

For example, an interactive design submitted to Comm Arts is probably
going to have success metrics skewed toward innovation in the visual
design realm. In that realm, text on gifs *could* be evaluated as good
design if extensibility, download time, etc. are not a priority.

29 Apr 2004 - 6:02pm
10 years ago
8 replies
Peter Merholz

Visual aspects of interaction design - combative, dismissive, and hostile

[Caveat -- I've been offline all day, and am responding only to Bob
Baxley's email. Lord knows where this discussion has gone since

> You need to get out and meet some true designers. Some of the most
> creative, talented, and intelligent people in the world are working in
> the field of visual design and to say that they "favor style over
> substance" is an insult to one of the grand traditions of the modern
> age.

I've met, and worked with, many "true designers", as you call them.

28 Apr 2004 - 8:47pm

Content strategy - Written aspectsof interactiondesign

molly wright steenson wrote:

In the late late 90s, at the height of the boom, web app projects had
> multimillion dollar budgets (or multi ten million). An Internet
> consulting firm at that point might have 30-40 person teams (including
> user experience, business strategy, project management and technology)
> working on the project at various points.
> When the crash happened, teams like these greatly compressed.
> > So web apps are now not usually built by monster user experience teams
> ....

28 Apr 2004 - 8:10pm
10 years ago
2 replies

Books (was Content strategy - Written aspects ofinteraction design)

Molly wrote:
> I'll recommend Mike Kuniavsky's book, Observing the User Experience.

It's an excellent book, but it's not about interaction design, just
user-centered design methodologies.

Pabini Gabriel-Petit

28 Apr 2004 - 10:29am
7 years ago
20 replies


Dan Saffer wrote:
> Where are the interaction design books?

Not necessarily interaction design nor usability specifically, but what

* Contextual Design, Beyer and Holtzblatt
* Field Methods Casebook for Software Design, Wixon and Ramey
(old but gold and actually about as expensive)

and my current favourite

* Design Research, Edited by Brenda Laurel


Nick Meara E-learning Experience Co-ordinator
ICT-IDSG, Aston University, Birmingham
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28 Apr 2004 - 9:46am
6 years ago
7 replies
Elizabeth Bacon

Salary survey?

Pabini Gabriel-Petit wrote:

According to the salary and consulting rates survey that Tania Lang and I
conducted recently, the overwhelming majority of people in our profession
have diverse skill sets and responsibilities in their work.

--Are you planning to publish the salary survey? You've referenced several
interesting tidbits....


28 Apr 2004 - 9:39am
10 years ago
2 replies

Content strategy - Written aspects of interactiondesign

Hi Molly

Molly Wright Steenson wrote:

> Content strategy isn't just a matter of writing. It's understanding all
> the content -- which could include different media, or interactive,
> user-generated content, or ways to manage it (content management
> systems, for example). It's about setting out for your client a set of
> clear decisions to make about content. Dynamic, or static? Who will
> update it? How frequently?

***In discussing content strategy, you've added an entirely new dimension to
this thread.

28 Apr 2004 - 9:21am
10 years ago
3 replies
Dan Saffer

Books (was Content strategy - Written aspects of interaction design)

On Apr 28, 2004, at 9:33 AM, Carrie Ritch wrote:
> Good writing skills are also needed for writing requirements, specs,
> annotating wireframes and anything else used to communicate a solution.

Not to mention books! Where are the interaction design books? Part of
getting our discipline out there is educating new practitioners and
non-designers about what we do and how to do it.

28 Apr 2004 - 2:46am
10 years ago
1 reply
Olly Wright

Content strategy - Written aspects of interaction design

When I was working with the web as the focus of my career, one of the
things I did was develop the field of content strategy. I started
calling it content strategy in 1997 or so, when it became clear that
there needed to be another side of the coin to site maps or screen UI
diagrams. It took a while, but in 1999, I landed at Scient and had the
good fortune to work with people like Mark McCormick, who had been
developing an entire approach and methodology to content strategy.

Content strategy isn't just a matter of writing.

27 Apr 2004 - 5:37pm
10 years ago
4 replies
Cindy Alvarez

Written aspects of interaction design

Andrei writes:
bloggers/designers themselves doing not only their
> own visual work, but the IA work *and* the coding behind their blogs.
> (I'm still catching up myself in this whole blog thing, having only
> gotten started in late December of 2003.) For these designers to learn
> the interaction piece as it applies to more robust applications is not
> a far stretch, imho. Once they do, they'll have the skills in visual,
> IA, interaction and base level coding.

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