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30 Jan 2004 - 5:17pm
10 years ago
1 reply
Todd Warfel

Fitt's Law and such [was: Mac OS X...]

Nick, excellent summary and question.

On Jan 30, 2004, at 4:46 PM, Nick Ragouzis wrote:

> "Where are my applications, my documents, my trash?"

That is the primary question, which relates to a set (series) of goals
(e.g. Make a new document, Open an existing document, Remove an
existing document (application)).

> People want to put *their* things where they want them. It's not
> uncommon in my experience to see users have many more applications
> ready to go then they actually use [...]

Many more applications is very, very common.

30 Jan 2004 - 1:47pm
Elizabeth Buie

: Mac OS X

Andrei Herasimchuk writes, in response to Todd Warfel,

>> But back to Fitz's Law,
>FYI... It is Fitts's Law.

Yah, I told him that already.

I think he was yankin' my chain. :-)


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30 Jan 2004 - 1:34pm
10 years ago
1 reply
Kevin Cheng

Explaining Fitt's Law

Todd R. Warfel wrote:
"But back to Fitz's Law, it still remains "near" the corner, one of the most
easily accessible areas, that is if you're running X.

30 Jan 2004 - 1:22pm
4 years ago
1 reply

The $$$ of Education (was Re: How to Get Into Interaction Design?)

Yo Dan,

As someone who did the grad school thing (from a MOST excellent
program, at Rensselaer Polytechnic) in the same price range as
Carnegie Mellon, I can tell you I would not trade it for the world,
even with the combination of student loans, assistantships, part-time
employment. THAT SAID, you should be aware that the student loan
payments will not be just a few hundred bucks a month. This IS like a
mortgage, so forget ever getting a mortgage.

30 Jan 2004 - 12:29pm
Dan Saffer

The $$$ of Education (was Re: How to Get Into Interaction Design?)

On Friday, January 30, 2004, at 04:23 AM, Hal Taylor wrote:

> Carnegie Mellon's program is currently over $26,000 per year for a
> two year program (so, over $50,000 for tuition cost alone).

30 Jan 2004 - 11:57am

Apple looking for User Experience Expert

Hi all,

FWIW, this was just posted:

User Experience Expert Santa Clara Valley, CA, USA

It's one thing to crit the new OS X's functionality.
It's another to actually go in there and try your best with Steve :-)

The Corporate and Global Admin group within Apple IS&T is seeking a
User Experience expert who will be responsible for developing standards
and guidelines for application development teams so that app

30 Jan 2004 - 9:56am
10 years ago
7 replies
Elizabeth Buie

: Mac OS X (was How to Get Into ... Best Job Title)


I don't have the same glowing reaction to OS X that you do, although I
think I see it more positively than Andrei does. I'd like to respond to a
couple of your points. First let me say that I have been a Mac user since
1985 and have owned several Macs since 1987. I've had OS X at work for
about two years (Panther since about two weeks ago), and am still using OS
9 at home (my desktop is too old to run OS X, but I'm planning to buy a G5
before too long).

>The new Finder in Panther allows faster access to "important
>directories" than before.

29 Jan 2004 - 10:40pm
10 years ago
2 replies
Andrei Herasimchuk


On Jan 29, 2004, at 7:29 PM, Todd R.Warfel wrote:

> What workflows do others use for documentation?

Of course, no discussion about workflow would be relevant without
understanding the content that is being created in that workflow.

IOW, are folks just creating drawings with the most basic of
annotations, or is there more complex descriptions and narrative flow
from page to page with text? Do the drawings need to be repurposed for
the web, as single images each or a collection only to be viewed as a
PDF document? Do images have to be reused individually, or as a

29 Jan 2004 - 10:29pm
Todd Warfel

Workflows [was: How to Get Into ... Best Job Title]

I'd be interested in seeing what other people's workflows are for IA
documentation. We've used several in the past and have found one that
has improved our productivity (more below). But I'd be interested in
the solutions some of you have come up with.

One of the things that improves a product's adoption rate is a product
that supports or mimics existing workflows.

As an example, we recently finished up a great deal of user research
for a set of applications focused on recruiting, selection, and
orientation of new employees, as well as ongoing career development.

29 Jan 2004 - 10:04pm
Greg Petroff

the thread!

Just finished Me++ by Bill Mitchel, former dean of
MIT's school of architecture and "media lab" guru.

Its a good summary of where "architecture" and
interaction are heading toward being one and the same.

Simple read, nicely put together.


Gregory Petroff

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+1 212 560 0709 fax
+1 646 387 2841 mobile

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