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10 Nov 2003 - 12:28pm
Challis Hodge


I'll be closing the survey later today. Get your vote in if you haven't
already. We want to hear from everyone. Survey is here:



9 Nov 2003 - 6:10pm
GK VanPatter

Contract JOB in Pittsburgh

Just passing this along from the Scient neighborhood list.
Please send replies to the address below NOT TO US!

Posted November 9, 20003
Fwd: Lead FET/UI Architect for a contract in Pittsburgh

Rajesh Kandaswamy <rajeshkan at>

We are looking for someone who can come in and lead
the design of screens, the navigation structures and
the information architecture of the system. The
contract will be for 6-8 weeks.

7 Nov 2003 - 6:56pm
10 years ago
7 replies
Andy Watson

OO Interface Design (on behalf of Andy Watson)

My apologies if I mess this up. Its rather difficult for me to use email
to access discussion forums.

I'm a bit of an object purist, so I'm interested in learning all about
UI from this point of view.

I used to like working with the OS/2 workplace shell, and also with stuff
such as OpenDoc and SOM (system object model).

I also used to like working with Word Perfect 5 back in the old DOS days
(for those that don't know it. It was a word processor that when fired
up, presented the user with a plain blue screen with no menus or any other
visible clutter.

7 Nov 2003 - 5:28pm
10 years ago
8 replies
Jenifer Tidwell

Pattern usage

Hello everyone. Twice this week, existing UI pattern collections have
been mentioned on this list -- the Welie pattern site, and my own
( and
In preparation for a local UPA talk, I'd like to find out more about how
people use them.

* Are you familiar with the "pattern" concept, as used by the
"Design Patterns" and "Design of Sites" books, Christopher Alexander,
and the sites mentioned this week?

7 Nov 2003 - 5:11pm
Challis Hodge

Final Survey Reminder: New or Existing?

Last call folks. Sop far turnout is relatively low. Make sure your voice is
heard. Survey is here:



> -----Original Message-----
> Hi Folks:
> Since we haven't really received much positive feedback or
> interest in the concept of exploring existing organizations
> as possible homes for this group, I've created a survey to
> gauge the group's position on the matter.

7 Nov 2003 - 3:30pm
Dungeon Master

Re: Beyond Web safe colors

> I'm curious to know how many designers are still
> specifying Web safe colors for their web site's
> color palette.

It's dead as a doornail.

A followup to the WebMoneky article:

On the same subject:

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7 Nov 2003 - 3:01am
10 years ago
2 replies
Peter Boersma

Best/Common Practice Sites

Challis wrote:
> Has anyone heard of similar sites for other areas of design?

My fomer colleague Martijn van Welie manages a collection of interface
design patterns at:
(it seems to be down at the moment, but please try again)

Peter Boersma, Senior Information Architect, EzGov
"De Schinkel", Rijnsburgstraat 11, Amsterdam, 1059 AT, The Netherlands
Phone: +31(0)20 7133881 / Fax: +31(0)20 7133799 / Mobile: +31(0)6 15072747

6 Nov 2003 - 11:35pm
10 years ago
3 replies
Dan Saffer

Beyond Web safe colors

As far back as 2000, the web-safe color palette was being called into

Plus recent statistics like these:

Doesn't seem lik eit should be much of an issue any more...


6 Nov 2003 - 10:02pm
10 years ago
30 replies
James M. Szuch

Cost Savings Hurts

I think that this is the crux of the issue. We know intuitively that more
usable products are better products. At least, we want to build products
that are more usable and we certainly prefer to use them. But the question
that has to be answered in any product development environment becomes: What
is the marginal value of an inrease in usabilty? If I increase the usability
of my product by some quanta, how does that translate into measurable
results -- higher revenues or lower costs.

6 Nov 2003 - 5:51pm
Jon-Eric Steinbomer

RE: Best/Common Practice Sites

I think this is a great resource. I'd be interested to see how the
practices have changed over the years, perhaps with the aid of the
Internet Archive (

I'd think it to be extremely useful to produce an analogous collection
of metrics for GUI design. Further down the wish list, I can imagine
this being broken down into practices for different OS's, types of
software apps, etc.

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