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5 Dec 2003 - 1:35pm
Andrew Otwell

Re: Personas

> I have had limited success with personas. For me, it has been an invaluable
> aid in understanding how a product's interaction should work.

5 Dec 2003 - 12:44pm
10 years ago
1 reply
Moser, Craig

XP: Extreme Programming & Product Usability

I'm interested in hearing from anyone here who has experience (good or bad)
with the Scrum/XP (eXtreme Programming) process for software development and
how Interaction Design, Human Factors and Usability fit in.

Background info:

4 Dec 2003 - 10:51am
Challis Hodge

FYI: Usability on ABC's 20/20


Original Message -----
From: BLoring at
To: BLoring at
Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2003 9:16 AM
Subject: Bentley on the show "20/20" Dec 5!

Hi everyone,
Most of you have heard that ABC TV filmed a segment of the show "20/20" in
our Design & Usability Testing Lab.

4 Dec 2003 - 9:47am
Dave Malouf

NYC face to face interest?

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Hey there,

I know it is the holiday season and all, and people might be busy, but I for
now want to at least get a sense of who on this list is in the NYC area.
To answer that question, ask yourself if you would be willing to come to
Manhattan (or other borough) for a face 2 face meeting once a quarter from
where you reside or work.

3 Dec 2003 - 5:39pm
10 years ago
2 replies
lizz milota

Flash usage question

Hi all,

My team is trying to weigh the benefits of
implementing a pop-up flash animation presentation
with narrated audio (no annoying music) to showcase
the features and the benefits of using our website.
The presentation would be a linear movie but would
allow the user to pause, rewind, fast-forward & stop
the presentation at anytime.

3 Dec 2003 - 1:14pm
10 years ago
9 replies
Meyer, Fred

Services and Interaction Design

How does a service-oriented approach to business affect the design of
software products?

A current business trend is organizing software products and personnel
around services, rather than organizing around software products.

3 Dec 2003 - 11:50am
10 years ago
1 reply
Robin Good

Seeking Interaction Designers That Can Address The Development of Online Collaboration Tools


I am trying to identify who and where are interface designers that have
specialized themselves or that are looking to focus specifically on the
design of real-time collaboration tools.

I am in the process of helping a few web conferencing companies refine or
completely upgrade their user interface and I have found it terribly
difficult to find designers that had a keen sense of what is needed in these
types of situations.

The main issue for me is that these types of interfaces require a very
minimalist approach, the ability to visually escalate in complexity as more
advanced function

3 Dec 2003 - 9:11am
10 years ago
35 replies
Dave Malouf

what makes for a "good" interaction?

Since we are here to discuss interaction design as its own discipline, i was
wondering "what makes for a 'good' interaction?"

Yes, the term "good" is vague on purpose, as I really don't even know the
I know what is usable or findable, but I don't know what is a 'good'

3 Dec 2003 - 8:32am
10 years ago
1 reply
TLWilkens at

YADQ (Yet Another Design quote)...

...this time, from Tom Peters:

"The dumbest mistake is viewing design as something you do at the end of the
process to 'tidy up' the mess, as opposed to understanding it's a 'day one'
issue and part of everything."

This was on a throwaway received by a friend of mine; I lookes through my
collection of Peters's works, and had a look on the Internet, but could not find
the quote or its source.

2 Dec 2003 - 1:31pm
Stacy Surla

US Department of Labor Occupational Outlook

In the "Designers" category - which I think describes the process pretty
well - I think IxD is Industrial Design much more than it is Graphic Design.
Or, alternately, over in the "Computer Software Engineers" category, it would fit under Computer Applications
Software Engineers.

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