6 Jan 2009 - 8:51am
6 years ago
26 replies
Kordian Piotr Klecha

Usability of accordions

No, I don't mean harmoshkas, but boxes with sliding parts, e.g.:

We are going to use such box on the main page (in the bottom of column - not
very important content there, but still) and just wondering about
interactions. Current proposition is:

1. Accordion auto-switches to the next part after every 5 seconds when mouse
pointer is outside the box.

2. OnMouseOver any part-title bar opens this part (with latency 200ms).


25 Dec 2008 - 10:34am
6 years ago
24 replies

"People are Used to it"

This phrase has become the mantra of amature interaction designers and of the electronic product industry in general. It is the road block in the way of new and better ways to control our systems. It even prevents logical enhancements to our otherwise well-designed products.

Take the new philips HDTVs. At least the one I have has put a lot of thought into their remote and UI. To set the colors it shows you a bunch of photos in split screen and asks you which looks best. It has a minimal amount of buttons on the remote.

23 Oct 2008 - 8:05am
2 years ago
2 replies

3 (not 6) Metrics for Managing UI Design

This is the follow up to the original post on metrics for managing UI design
(what we
finally chose to use based on feedback from IxDA members and team members):

I received some fantastic comments on that post and I want to thank everyone
taking the time to provide their input.

Best regards,

Russell Wilson
Vice President of Product Design, NetQoS

21 Oct 2008 - 11:04am
6 years ago
5 replies
Chad Jennings

Online Questionnaire Best Practices (Anyone remember that Interactions article?)

Howdy all -
I am looking for a resource which outlines list best practices for
online questionnaire creation. Want to provide some guidance to our
marketing team. I remember reading a great one or two page article on
"Top Ten Best Practiced for User Questionnaires" or something like
that in an issue of Interactions magazine a year or so ago, but cannot
for the life of me track it down. It had a some great items such as
starting with easy to answer questions and to not include a middle,
neutral point (i.e.

Tony Tulathimutte

[Event] User Research Friday -- Fri., Nov. 7th, 1 - 6 PM

Greetings, IxDA! Join us on November 7th for User Research Friday, a
half-day conference in San Francisco on advanced UX research topics.

Speakers include Dan Saffer (author, "Designing the User Experience"), Indi
Young (author, "Mental Models: Aligning User Strategy with Business"), Maya
Duiker (Senior Product Manager, Autodesk), Steve Portigal (Portigal
Consulting), and Nate Bolt (Bolt|Peters User Experience).

15 Oct 2008 - 3:39pm
6 years ago
13 replies
Nina Alter

Guerilla/DIY Usability & Ethnography Research- Lazyweb, advisement...

Hi Gang:

So, I'm working with a startup right now, that has zero funding (for
real, not because they don't understand/support design) for Usability
and User Research studies...

14 Oct 2008 - 2:11pm
6 years ago
19 replies
jeff noyes

consistency or usability

I'm so tired of this argument, and I'm hoping this group can help provide

I recognize that some things in the UI should remain consistent - like an
interaction model. But often a deviation is required - ironically for the
sake of usability. Maybe you need to enlarge a button to emphasize it's
importance, or maybe the interaction model that worked 80% of the time falls
down in some cases. For me, deviation is a battle with stakeholders outside
of design. They want everything consistent.

13 Oct 2008 - 7:13am
6 years ago
7 replies
Kordian Piotr Klecha

Simple usability lab - suggestions?

We are thinking about building small and simple usability lab. The goal is
to minimize the cost, retaining capabilities to quick test some own ideas
and (especially) results of changes we made. I am wondering about basic
equipment we need - and current list is: one PC (well equipped: fast hdd, a
lot of RAM and so on), one camcorder, some mousetracking software...

1 Oct 2008 - 5:06am
6 years ago
5 replies
Peter Boersma

Graphics to communicate usability process


You asked:
> I would like to hear your opinions on diagrams or methods to
> communicate the steps for ensuring usability in the development
> process

In the latter half of my presentation "StUX - integrating IA deliverables in a software development methodology" for the IA Summit 2005, I showed several process diagrams with user-centered design elements in them.

To get an idea about the presentation and to download the PDF version of the slides, check out the blog posting about it here:

28 Aug 2008 - 11:28am
6 years ago
5 replies

Usability lab...

Can anyone suggest a company/organization that helps in setting up usability
labs.. ?
For example.. One way mirrors, Video recording equipment etc...

Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA

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