After reading it I wondered why the Usability Professionals Association
(UPA) was mentioned, but not the IXDA. I e-mailed Barbara Whitaker, the New
York Time journalist who write it and asked if she had heard of the IXDA.
She replied that:
"When I do these columns I always do fairly extensive Google searches just
to see what I can turn up. I didn't get anything on the IXDA. Also, no one
mentioned it in my reporting."
Harvinder: Whitaker interviewed you. Did you tell her about the IXDA?
I've done some checking (see sources below) and determined that the IXDA,
although it has an active mailing list (about 3000 posts) and a large
membership of professionals and students (about 4500 members, according to
the tally published during the fund raiser), to the world at large, the IXDA
is a well-kept secret.
For me, it's a little silly that we're not more visible. I would ask you all
to help the IXDA – and thereby this list – improve its visibilty. If you
have a blog or a website, add a link to beta.ixda.org so more people can
join, learn and share.
Here's a text if you're feeling lazy:
If you're interested in interaction design, you should subscribe to the <a
href=" http://beta.ixda.org">IXDA mailing list</a>
Here's what I looked at when trying to establish IXDA's visibility online:
** Searching at Google **
"interaction design": the IXDA is the 5th hit
"usability": the UPA is the 7th hit, the IXDA is someplace after the tenth
"information architecture": Jesse James Garret is the 2nd hit, the IA
institute the 3rd, the IXDA is someplace after the tenth result page.
-> If you're a SEO guru, please help me expand on this – or contradict me if
** Wikipedia **
Articles on usability, interaction design and information architecture make
no mention of the IXDA list