18 Jun 2008 - 9:22am
6 years ago
8 replies
Ami Rotter



From time to time I find myself struggling with writing very short
describing text labels and titles for our web application's UI.

Writing text labels and titles for the UI is much like writing road
signs, people go by them in very high speeds and you have a limited
amount of space.

I wanted to ask, how many of you work in companies who hire full time
copywriters? Part time?

Do you have a special UI copywriter adviser outsourced?

Or do you manage by yourselves and just advise anyone around you?



13 Jun 2008 - 11:03am
6 years ago
15 replies
oliver green

Setting a usability lab on a budget

Hi Everyone,

Can someone please recommend the basics required to set up a usability
lab on a budget? Or the aspects that I should consider to figure out
the equipment that I could possibly need?


10 Jun 2008 - 8:03am
6 years ago
11 replies

Using a Survey to Asses Usability

The company I'm working for is redesigning their account control
panel. We'll be releasing the functionality in stages and running it
as a beta alongside the existing control panel.

I've been set a task to write a series of questions that users will be
given the option to answer after using the new control panel to asses
"usability, accessibility & design".

8 Jun 2008 - 11:05pm
Jared M. Spool

[Event] Book Launch Party: Handbook of Usability Testing, 2nd Edition

[ Apologies to those who receive more than one copy of this.

30 May 2008 - 6:55am
6 years ago
16 replies

Why haven't video calls taken off

It was supposed to be the next big thing but it fizzled out like MMS

An important thing to note is you would have to use the speakerphone
to do video calls (unless you're always on BT headset or handsfree,
which is not true for an overwhelming majority of people) and this
compromises privacy in a big way…no one wants people nearby snooping
in on their conversations.

Would love to hear your thoughts on why it hasn't taken off yet?

I will make a post about the responses I receive and will publish them
in a few weeks for all to see (names are anonymous)

Sachendra Yadav

24 May 2008 - 7:54pm
6 years ago
61 replies
Robert Hoekman, Jr.

Usability = Predictability

"Usability equals predictability."

As in, if you can accurately predict what's going to happen next in an
interaction, it's because the action you're taking is understandable, clear,
logical, makes you feel confident, etc. If you can accurately predict what's
next, the interaction has high usability. If you can't accurately predict
what's next, the interaction has low usability.

Shoot holes in that statement.

19 May 2008 - 8:36pm
6 years ago
5 replies
Elise Edson

Resources for new usability managers

Hi folks,

Can anyone recommend coursework, books or other resources to help managers
understand how to handle IxD / usability professionals and manage the user
experience? (Not so much the methodology, but direct guidance on resource
planning, logistics, evangelizing usability, budget, performance metrics,


22 Apr 2008 - 10:55am
Maria Pereda

Usability Testing Facility in NYC

Hi there,
My company is looking into renting out a lab to perform usability testing in
the New York City Area. We need the following:
1 - the company can provide us with a lab setting where our IAs can conduct
usability testing
2 - the company will also able to do the recruiting for us

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated


16 Apr 2008 - 3:38am
6 years ago
10 replies
Oleg Krupnov

Rapid HTML Wireframing without Dreamweaver

While I feel quite confident with HTML and CSS, it seems to take a bit of
pain to use Dreamweaver for wireframing, perhaps because it tends to force
you into detail too early, when you are still on the "vision" stage of the
process, and feel like a WYSIWYG tool would be more appropriate.

On the other hand, wireframing in the WYSIWYG way entirely without HTML also
feels wrong, because first, the target medium is Web so it's closer to the
reality to think in HTML, and second, HTML is a powerful and expressive
language, and quite a mature one.

14 Apr 2008 - 8:55am
6 years ago
5 replies
Jef Lippiatt

Usability and Standards for Formatting Negative Numbers?

I am currently doing some research before I make a suggestion for how this
information should be displayed. Of the known formats I know that using
parenthesis () around the number or using the minus sign in front of the
number can be used. I have also seen both of these variations with the
numbers displaying in red.

I was just looking to get some feedback or possible resources that might
have more information or research that backs it one way or the other so I
can be more informed with this decision. Thank you for your feedback and
time in advance.

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