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November 12, 2008

…not really, unfortunately. But that was the headline on a “special edition” of the “New York Times” today. The credibility was in question from the start, as the paper was handed out free at the subway which is never the case with the Times. The production is quite accurate, but a quick glance at the [...]
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October 29, 2008

We’re pleased as punch to partner with our good friend Lou Rosenfeld at Rosenfeld Media to offer you Future Practice Webinars. Our first two events are Modern Web Form Design with Luke Wroblewski and Using Mental Models for Tactics and Strategy with Indi Young. When we created them we wanted to accomplish two things: Provide a forum [...]
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October 27, 2008

That’s right, Alex Osborn started popularizing brainstorming in the late 1930’s. It’s a classic tool I still use, but I have to wonder if there’s something better. Brainstorming is simple, and I would bet this simplicity is the key to its popularity. Yet even the basic rules that Osborn set out aren’t very common. Brainstorming [...]
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October 17, 2008

There was a New York City IxDA event at Roundarch last night that challenged 10 teams of designers to invent the portable electronic ink magic paper of the future. In addition to the usual functional stuff, fun ideas emerged like using it as a yoga mat, a DDR mat, or modules that could be connected [...]
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October 13, 2008

Designers often ask this question. Sometimes I think the question arises from a genuine desire to be doing something else which is more strategic in nature, and sometimes I think what is being asked is, how can I convince or influence others to do things my way? The answer might be the same or it might [...]
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October 11, 2008

This isn’t new, but I just came across Deep Zoom from MS. It’s based on their Seadragon technology, and it requires Silverlight. Check out the Hard Rock Cafe collection of memorabilia. Combined with a faceted navigation on the left, you can really move around the items quite quickly. And because these are photos, you immediately see [...]
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October 4, 2008

Tagging, in general, leverages natural language. You tag as you would normally speak or use language in every-day life. And that’s a strength of tagging–one that makes it popular and scalable and usable and all that good stuff. Why, then, don’t all tagging system use comma-separated tagging input mechanisms? There is nothing natural about these tags–either [...]
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Aufgrund der positiven Resonanz und zahlreicher Nachfragen veranstaltet NetFlow zwei Workshops mit mir auch in 2009. Die Workshops werden auf Deutsch gehalten. 26. Januar 09 - Workshop I: “Prinzipien der Informationsarchitektur“ 27. Januar 09 - Workshop II: “Elemente des Navigationsdesigns“ Siehe auch den Flyer (PDF 64KB). Die Teilnehmer Anzahl ist begrenzt. Du kannst dich online anmelden.        [...]
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This isn’t exactly new, but I wanted to post on it anyway. Library Thing is trying to get an open-source-like project for classification for to replace Dewey going. It’s called the Open Shelves Classification. Back in my library days, I might have joined in–but not now. There is a forum for the project on Library Thing, [...]
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October 3, 2008

A friend is contracting with a design firm for work that will include web analytics, so I asked my colleague and expert Marko Hurst for resources that would provide a gentle introduction, mostly from a marketing perspective. He recommends: Web Analytics Demystified — A bit more technical, but not a tech book geared for someone who [...]
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October 1, 2008

The nice folks at Digital Web Magazine published my new article on Concept Design Tools. It’s already received some nice reviews in the Twitterverse… For those of you who haven’t seen Victor Lombardi’s new article on concept design tools, it’s a must read… …it’s brilliant stuff and super accessible. It’s great to see solid thinking around [...]
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September 30, 2008

I’m just back from the Euro IA conference in Amsterdam. More on that later. Seems the Designing Web Navigation has been translated to Polish–unbeknowst to me–under the title Projektowanie nawigacji strony WWW. Optymalizacja funkcjonalnoƛci witryny.       
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September 28, 2008

I’m just back from the Euro IA Summit held in Amsterdam, September 26-27th. Overall it was a good event with many warm, interesting people in attendance. I was considering attending PICNIC as well but as I heard it was “very corporate… lots of white men with PowerPoint” I spent my time with the city instead. [...]
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September 22, 2008

Came across this interesting case study of using personas in D-LIB Magazine: “Using Personas to Understand the Needs and Goals of Institutional Repository Users,” by Jack M. Maness, Tomasz Miaskiewicz, and Tamara Sumner from the University of Colorado at Boulder. This study shares the results of an effort to understand the needs and goals of future [...]
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September 19, 2008

Keep status meetings to .5 hour, but do them every week Establish a natural way for the team to share what everyone is doing — eating together, or tasks we all do together — while protecting personal time to think and work individually Set up a team mailing list and liberally copy everyone on everything; make it [...]
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September 17, 2008

I’m bummed I’ll miss Dan Saffer’s talk tonight on Tap is the New Click (though happy I’ll finally get to try Five Points as I take a client out to dinner). But on that topic, I just came across some examples of interaction design that do away with the click altogether. It’s radical enough to require [...]
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September 16, 2008

My previous post pointed to activities at Google for automatically extracting quotes from books and linking them together. In his talk in this project, Google research Bill Schilit mentioned the Great Books of the Western World project and the Syntopicon. I had not heard of this, but it’s quite intriguing. In a nutshell, Mortimer Adler, an [...]
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September 12, 2008

Folks at the IAI mailing list pointed to an interesting talk by Bill Schilit of Google Research called “Navigating the network of knowledge: Mining quotations from massive-scale digital libraries of books.” Check out the video. Or, see a couple of the papers published on this topic from Bill’s publication page. Overall, they are mining the millions [...]
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September 8, 2008

I came across an article in the Sloan Management Review from July 2008 entitled “In Search of Growth Leaders” by Sean D. Carr, Jeanne M. Liedtka, Robert Rosen, and Robert E. Wiltbank. The authors discuss key qualitities of growth leaders, or managers that produce above-average organic growth figures. There are several factors that signal a so-called [...]
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August 31, 2008

Below are excertps from a longer essay I wrote several years ago that never got published, mixed with a passage from Designing Web Navigation. In thinking about breadth vs. depth recently, I returned to this line of thinking and wanted to share it. ——————————————- Uncertainty in Information Seeking Formal associations of information and uncertainty date back to [...]
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