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October 1, 2008

09:34
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

00:17
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 funkcjonalności witryny.       
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September 28, 2008

19:10
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

11:37
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

08:04
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

08:54
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

13:27
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

01:16
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

04:00
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

01:57
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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August 24, 2008

04:41
Seems like the rotating navigation mechanism has been steadily gaining popularity over the last few years, paritcularly for news sites, but also for ecommerce sites. With this device, you can highlight multiple stories or products within the same space on the page. Most have a very limited number of items–between 2 and 5. There are two [...]
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August 22, 2008

06:11

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Dumb sign, originally uploaded by blackbeltjones. Been asked to work on the nominations for designs of the year again at the Design Museum, which [...]
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August 21, 2008

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August 20, 2008

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August 19, 2008

22:00
  • NEGENTROPY "A non-recommendable near synonym for information." via Webb
  • lightning "The crystal structure spreads, architecture aligning, physics gentrifying, roads straightening, square paving slabs unfolding from one another. Another creak and a slump this time, L-- is caught in dust and rubble. I crouch over him; there's blood on my hands as I hold his head and the lightning is the same shape as his body. 'They're homogenising us out of existence,' he says. His teeth are red. 'Find the Deterritorial Army. Tell them the layers of emergence are becoming too tightly coupled. Tell them objects are no longer sufficiently mobile on the substrate. Don't wait.' It smells of wet brick; mysteriously I think of ferns. L--'s blood is thickening into hexagons. I turn and run."
  • Storytelling by Design I like Santa-Maria and HappyCog's work, but this argument seems to have fallen through a portal from 1999. Is there any mention of interaction or service design at An Event Apart I wonder? (Update: Yes: Liza Danzico, Heather Champ, Luke Wrobleski etc etc) Also - misattribution of a Spiekermann quote to David (ptui) Carson. Man I'm grouchy today.
  • Nokia Conversations: Thoughts on Nokia's carbon fibre phone "These sorts of features and physical gestures are emerging as more common methods of behavior, and when married with innovative materials, such as those used here, I think the experience becomes more natural and blends further into the unconscious, which is ultimately what we want - interfaces that don't feel like interfaces, they just do what you instinctively want them to do."
  • Skyscrapers in Order via thingsmag
  • The Escapist : Jonathan Blow's Shifting Intention
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We will always be beaten on price, originally uploaded by blackbeltjones. Good marketing, especially in the current economic context!
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August 18, 2008

22:00
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August 17, 2008