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Interview with Morville & Rosenfeld

Peter & Lou chat with Since1968.

Thanks infodesign

IA Summit summaries

So, summaries from the IA Summit have been coming out - the most recent at Boxes and Arrows, now in its 5th year of Summit coverage. See session-by-session descriptions and reflection for
- Overview and Preconferences
- Saturday
- Sunday
- Monday

UXMatters also has a summary posted, a reflective take from one summit attendee that's illuminating.

Finally many presentation slide decks and posters have been linked on the IA Summit site itself (with many thanks to Donna Maurer).

Austin Govella sparks a conversation about the Come to Me Web

With the idea of the Internet of Things, emergent architecture, and other things being proposed as the 'Come to Me' web, Austin Govella writes a great post and gets awesome commentary from the likes of Adam Greenfield, Dan Brown, and Thomas Vanderwal.

30 Years of Apple - UI Retrospective

C|net is running four galleries of early Apple UI evolution, from the early days documented in Andy Hertzfeld's Revolution in the Valley

Video: SXSW interview with Peter Morville

The extraordinary Liz Danzico interviewed Peter Morville at SXSW. If you want to dig into some Ambient Findability goodness, there are 3 flavors of QuickTime video of the event.

Realtime IA Advice

So, at the IA Summit we had an open-mic mentoring booth, where anyone could sit down and offer advice, and anyone could sit down and ask. A conversation there was one of the highpoints of my Summit.

Today, Tues. March 29 Dan Brown is trying an experiment where he's got a campfire chat open in the same vein - pop on in and ask IA advice in realtime. The room will be up for a few hours, and may make its return if it's successful (which means y'all should go ask Dan a question, instead of just smalltalk chatting).

UPDATE: the room has moved to another location that I'm still tracking down, and there is a transcript from yesterday that I'm still trying to pick up too. Dan? Pointers?

Game-like Elicitation Methods (GEMS) for user research

So the brilliant Rashmi Sinha of Uzanto has launched MindCanvas, a new user research tool that uses game-like activities instead of traditional surveys to gather user research data. This is combined with expert data analysis from Uzanto (which will limit scalability of the service, but provide significant insights well beyond an automated collection of graphs).

I've been thinking about design games from a business stakeholder perspective for the past year or so, and it's interesting to see Rashmi's take on design games for participatory design with users.

Congrats to the Uzanto team for shipping, best of luck!

Visual Complexity

Scrumptious information visualization from the Visual Complexity website...found via xblog, I think. (I confess, it's just a tab that's been open for over a week in FireFox, so I'm not sure.)

UXMatters, a new publication for user experience professionals

So the launch of UXMatters happened during DUX...there's some good content from familiar names there...check it out, particularly Dan Brown's article on IA 2.0 (as ridiculous as version numbers are unless there was an actual v. 1.0, there's a lot to think about how IA responds to new mindsets and technologies.)

Registration open for User Interfaces for Physical Spaces

This is an event I wish I could make - User Interfaces for Physical Spaces is a day long workshop detailing MAYA Design's work with the Carnegie Library to transform the physical and information spaces. In the process, they also had to tackle culture and business strategy, too. Fascinating case study, with field trips to project sites and detailed explanations at MAYA's offices. Coproduced by the IA Institute, the event is $200 for members, and $250 for non-members, and runs Monday, December 12.

IA Event in Italy

Luca Rosetti and Emanuele Quintarelli have gotten together to organize an Italian IA Summit (Italian only) - looks like a good follow on to the EuroIA conference where not a lot of Latin countries were represented.

Tagging tags to create synonyms

Gene Smith talks about a project we did at work that actually uses tagging tags for good use.

DUX 2005 underway

The second DUX conference is underway in San Francisco. The opening plenary was amazing, with a fascinating talk on the Language of the Body by Tony award winning actor Bill Irwin. We're in sessions now, and there's lots of intersting cases and questions.

There's a growing pool of photos on Flickr, and podcasts are coming.

IA Manifesto 2.0

From the recent East Coast IA Retreat comes a low-fi sketch of IA Manifesto 2.0 (I had nothing to do with creating it, but it struck a chord with me)

1. we need bad theory (comes before good theory)
2. We will not discuss definitions.
3. What do we do with RSS?
4. We talk and talk about how to document ajax interactions... but not about
what it means
5. Need to leave the website behind.
6. We will not discuss deliverables.
7. An IA comic book?
8. need to re-integrate with the rest of the world
9. deliverables are decoys while we're figuring out what we're doing
10. every 2 hours, there shall be 1/2 hour of non-ia talk
11. we're in a position to make a difference, but not doing much about it
12. all the interesting stuff is happening outside of ia
13. we are web 1.0
14. we're stuck in our (well paying) client relationships
15. we need to be unemployed again to innovate
16. we're conservatives at heart. Paying the bills.
17. we're not discussing cool new ideas, we discuss wireframes.
18. we're too good at what we do right now
19. we're dinosaurs
20. ...and tagging is a small, furry animal
21. in other words, if a comet was to crash, we'd be fucked.
22. if we build consensus within IA, we're doing something wrong
23. the IA putch is very close to being screwed
24. IA's might have to stop being generalists
25. or become more generalist again.

Andrew Hinton took a pretty good swing at a manifesto a few years back.

User Interfaces for Physical Spaces

MAYA Design and the IA Institute are hosting a day long workshop User Interfaces for Physical Spaces on Monday, December 12 in Pittsburgh. The workshop will showcase MAYA's work redesigning the physical and information space of the Carnegie Library...if you haven't had the chance to look at MAYA's slides from Adaptive Path's User Experience Week, it's a fascinating blend of physical and information architecture (Scroll to the bottom of Aradhana's bio page for links to the presentation).

The workshop will include field trips to various library branches as well as time at MAYA's offices in Pittsburgh. Cost is $200 for IA Institute members, or $250 for non-members (hint: IAI membership is $40 and gets you in to DUX at a reduced rate too). Registration will open soon - in the meantime, hold the date.

Free Usability Advice Blog publicly launches

Expero has launched a new blog at Free Usability Advice. With folks like John Morkes, a regular speaker at NNGroup events, you're getting free advice from world leading practitioners. In the multitude of UX blogs, this is definitely one to watch. Kudos to Dave Crow for putting it together.

Peter Morville's new book Ambient Findability finally available

Congratulations to Peter on a book that expands on information architecture to look at human information interaction. If you order from Amazon using this link for Ambient Findability, Peter will get a little something extra for the sale...and given that IA book writing doesn't pay that well, it's well deserved.

Does tagging lower costs of classification, but raise costs of finding information?

Gene Smith riffs on Ian Davis' take on why tagging is expensive. In a nutshell, the lower costs of classification are traded for higher costs in finding content. Gene makes much more sense of it than just that, though. At the end of the day, as with so many things, tagging is a great tool, but not a silver bullet.

Sneak Peek at 'Everything is Miscellaneous'

David Weinberger, (author of Cluetrain Manifesto and Small Things Loosley Joined) gives us a sneak peek at where he's going with his latest book Everything is Miscellaneous...a treat for IAs that won't get published until late 2006/early 2007.

More on rapid prototyping for IAs

Heidi Adkinnson takes a longer look at Serena ProcessView Composer and Axure RP She also mentions that ConceptDraw has a new release coming up with WebWave.

Besides Heidi's take, Microsoft has developed a new tool for UX developers codenamed Sparkle. This Channel 9 video has an hour long segment on Sparkle. This is a tool to create UI that can be reused in .NET development, instead of throwing away comps and prototypes...looks very interesting.

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