Don Norman's private files -- at jnd.org /ED_Draft All the chapters from the Don's forthcoming Emotional Design book - in draft form (warts and all) - surely if something is private it should be p/w protected so only 'authorised' people can get to it - just delete the url to the chapters that are being promoted and hey presto - just too tempting I am afraid Don - but as I don't get many hits I guess not many people will see this and they'll have to fork out the dosh - I leave it to others as to wether they link to this or not ¿
** Unintended Use ** The 'Public Sphere' Designed by the Public
by Erik Stolterman
Beyond Use and Design - The dialectics of being in virtual worlds (ResearchIndex) abstract: "Through a technalysis of a group of designers constructing a three-dimensional virtual world we suggest new concepts for understanding our relationship to information technology. By conceptualizing information technology as the organizing structure for social interaction and regarding it as an influential mediator and moderator of human experiences, we arrive at a new perspective that reaches beyond the traditional dichotomy of use and design. In our analysis we attempt to show how being... "
Related: Beyond Use and Design - The dialectics of being in virtual worlds (ResearchIndex)
Empires of the Mind [recipr]
which I found alongside
STOLEN KNOWLEDGE by Paul and John Seely Brown [via BBJ] whose SLofI I have liked to many times - just brilliant
The cell phone has changed our sense of place more than faxes, computers, and e-mail."
Why the mobile phone means a place is not a place anymore. I couldn't agree more. From a piece by enthusiasm.cozy.org which mirrors the stuff about fimiliar strangers very nicely.
And i must listen to Tony Benn Think(ing) About It - it being Lifelong Thinking [ram]
both via Chris McEvoy's excellent (previously linked to - of course) BBC Radio 4 A to Z which is part of the Usability Views timeline of articles
visuos: A Visuo-spatial Operating Software for Knowledge Work
which i linked to the other day [via UsabilityViews]
[visuos] Book/System information site
[dr. clemens lango] author's site
[Interaction Design: between hardware and software] article by clemens lango
[Mihai Nadin] clemens lango's ph.d supervisor
who is behind [Creative Environments] phew... better stop there I think
from the [CS547 Human-Computer Interaction Seminar]
and Tom mentions a few time the [exploratorium] which has some brilliant interactive exhibits - but much better actually being there - I was amazed to see I hadn't linked to after our trip to San Fran back in - I think I only linked to some of the f~art we'd seen
missed the stream from Ivrea SYMPOSIUM ON FOUNDATIONS OF INTERACTION DESIGN today - but am going to make sure I am watching tomorrow - there is also an Ivrea Intersections Blog best post is by purselipsquarejaw - with some interesting links about Pelle Ehn"] whose links I followed to cultural usablity [thanks to BrightlyColoredFood for the pointer - via -gottta give it another plug- bloglines]
"Inside 'Time for Change'
Co-Founder, NextDesign Leadership Institute
Partner & Co-Founder, UnderstandingLab
Mok has a quote on the back of a great looking new book too
-- or the software industry gets it!
so you had better
where I saw this, "We start with a package of MS Office training," says Mahmood
Zahir, information and communication technology programme
assistant for the [Afghanistan UN Development Programme],
"where we teach our students an introduction to computers -
Windows XP - and then Word, Excel, PowerPoint..."
- for the love of God: HAVEN'T THESE PEOPLE SUFFERED ENOUGH?
which came as no surprise---
their second post: sociable thinking: CB: The Usenet of the 70's? ~this is something I was thinking just the other day, having thought about the jargon of blogs, which I think PeterMe brought up...
"Chandler [...] takes the core functions of [...] personal information management programs and integrates them with the rest of your PC and the Internet. All the information you need to complete a given task or project is grouped on-screen, organized around the one function—e-mail—Kapor sees as the central conduit of our electronic lives.
[...] its logical context—displaying all related items together—and not in the separate folders and application windows of the traditional desktop computer system, you can think of it as a new way into your computer."
it seems there are interesting parallels between Chandler and ZOË
simply visit (or subscribe to the rss of) Usability Views - Usability with a twist and get the top content (I asume not everything makes it on), from the top sources, all in one place! That's what I call useful.
a sample of todays UV links:
Web wizards weave their magic
visuos: A Visuo-spatial Operating Software for Knowledge Work
The Devils in the Wireframes
[streaming videos of this years lectures]
includes Bill Moggridge of IDEO on Designing Interactions his forthcoming (in errrrr.... 2005) book supported by a DVD which will have video interviews with various experts in the design field
Howard Rheingold on, of course, smartmobs and Michael Slater of Adobe
last terms videos are still available (which I linked to before)
from ICS 280: NonTradUI (spring 2001)
--for some reason bloglet sent out an unpublished (test) post yesterday - so excuse the non-sense (if you got it)
am amused by all the navel gazing going on ammoungst the blogging fraternity - are 'we' like DJ's - part of a tribe - or simply loud mouths?
So if you wanna not have to come back here then why not subscribe - add your email to the text box on the left and 'hey presto' (I'll be waiting to see if you do... ;-)
on the recently discovered many-to-many current guest editor is danah boyd ~who I should contact
(what happens to editted posts, in terms of bloglet, I wonder)
(of sorts - only three posts from quite a while back)
- must check out his neighbours
Half Sisters ~a brief 'conversation' about namespaces (clashing)
"I thought I'd mention why I don't do hierarchy on my wiki.
I see wiki as a place where people work out the names of things that they will say. Since our spoken vocabulary is small, we must struggle to find words that carry value commensurate with the space they consume in our brains. Where works collide in wiki they will also collide in our thoughts. Usually that is a happy circumstance. "
~very relevant to what I am about to plunge into *splash*
Turning the Pages on the web including recently Leonardo Notebook
- interesting from a usability perspective - uses a drag (psuedo 3d) page turning gimmick which is a bit of a pain (to say the least) - so much easier to just click, or even use the keyboard! [ala thisisamagazine] (you could even show the animation of the page turning - or alternatively trigger the turn with a smaller movement) - I have seen this technique somewhere else recently, where it seemed to work more smoothly and to better effect, but cannot remember where...
- the contents interesting though (in L's reverse mirror writing - which can be reflected and maginified)
Find Me - by Matt Bloom.
Set in 2020. Mary has to travel to Sydney for her son's wedding and reluctantly decides to use the new Matter Transportation machines that have overtaken aeroplanes as the main form of global transport. But an error occurs during the process - with terrifying consequences.
...but must remember to record the
The Curious Life Of Robert Hooke ~inventor, engineer, architect and maverick scientist - collaborated with Christopher Wren on the rebuilding of London after the Great Fire. Hooke was a major figure in the seventeenth century intellectual and scientific revolution.
- but only a few days left...
- rather, discover what the tasks you should be analysing are, by talking to the people who are performing them - so the task is context specific - i.e. listen to the user first!
from the latest Good Experience Newsletter
Author: John December Date: 21 October 1993
from Tom Erickson's bookmarks
~if only there were more 'think tanks' who behaved like this.
One of their recent publications is "Open Source Democracy: How online communication is changing offline politics" which is listed as being forthcoming, however.... on the boingboing site there is this link to it - so who knows what is going on???
Alternatively, you might want to subsribe via Bloglines - though as I am using a free RSS service it doesn't seem to work very well either. Also, if you know of a better RSS system than MyRSS let me know (seems it was last updated on 4 Mar 2003 !!!) - so not hard to beat... The other problem seems to be that I cannot change the RSS uri on the bloglines system...
I had thought of pointing to the blogex feed - but that shows who has linked to me...
Just came across http://www.bloglet.com/ so may give this a try... ¿we'll see?
Thomas P Moran
" Why are there no 'usefulness designers'?
[...] adaptation activity is another form of design, the pervasive everyday design that people do for themselves - the most authentic kind of designing.
[...] there is an architecture (in the systems sense) of adaptive systems and strategies for supporting adaptive design, such as providing 'underspecified room'
for adaptation and modular components.
Our field of design, in the broadest sense, needs to embrace and leverage the vitality in the everyday adaptive design of people."
- shame it doesn't come up on a search....
"These systems didn't fail because of poor implementation; they failed because the trend towards freely offered content is an epochal change, to which micropayments are a pointless response."
"...the act of buying anything, even if the price is very small, creates what Nick Szabo calls mental transaction costs, the energy required to decide whether something is worth buying or not, regardless of price."
"...creators are not publishers, and putting the power to publish directly into their hands does not make them publishers. It makes them artists with printing presses. This matters because creative people crave attention in a way publishers do not."
"The interesting questions are how far the power of the creator to publish their own work is going to go, how much those changes will be mirrored in group work, and how much better collaborative filters will become in locating freely offered material."
maisy's playhouse by http://www.simonandschuster.com/ and green eggs and ham (by Broderbund) - one of the great things about both titles is the audio which is subtle and tuneful enough to be repeated over and over again but to not become really anoying) - another is that you do not have to click and drag! - this is something that small children find pretty hard to begin with...
"This paper proposes the creation of an Augmented Social Network (ASN) that would build identity and trust into the architecture of the Internet, in the public interest, in order to facilitate introductions between people who share affinities or complementary capabilities across social networks. The ASN has three main objectives: 1) To create an Internet-wide system that enables more efficient and effective knowledge sharing between people across institutional, geographic, and social boundaries; 2) To establish a form of persistent online identity that supports the public commons and the values of civil society; and, 3) To enhance the ability of citizens to form relationships and self-organize around shared interests in communities of practice in order to better engage in the process of democratic governance. In effect, the ASN proposes a form of 'online citizenship' for the Information Age."
cannot comment as I haven't read it (yet) but looks to be discussing some interesting issues - in this issue there is also an article by Robin Mason from the OU
- though written about presentations, alot of these seem to apply to online presentation too
1. Make it personal
2. Throw out a quirky fact
3. Put them on the edge of their seats
4. Draw a hypothetical scenario
5. Create a series of vignettes
6. Use a pertinent quote
"A lightning roundhouse kick to the ribs, launched a millisecond after the referee's bark of 'Hajime! (Begin!),' had left me flattened, breathless, and endowed with fresh insights into the importance of seizing the initiative and thus control of a situation."
Practicing exactly what's being preached - pretty rare.
Brilliant - wish there were more sites like this - sort of akin to Amazon lite
~am in the process of adding recent egroup subscriptions (or trying to)- sorry for the delay...
what all e-zines should be like fat chance!
got to this via a great post by dan (cityofsound) about of all things, the V&A art deco exhiibit
NPR --> Search --> Criterion: national story project
Have just finished reading the book,
edited by Paul Auster,
which resulted from this project.
You can purchase it at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)- - True Tales of American Life
Whilst a guest on a national radio show in the USA, Paul Auster ]...[ requested listeners to send in their true stories, the only stipulation being that they were true, and short.
I found them all very moving, because of a strong feeling they were often very personal, but becasue there are so many of them, they become frustratingly forgettable......
Particularly good Thinking about counting!
as soon as I had posted about pop-ups being stopped by the google toolbar the adverts on this page changed to be about pop-up stopers - I wonder what other key words might prompt them to change again...?
[...] however, is the inconvenient reality that some of the most outspoken opponents of their world-view are either American or Jewish, or very often both.
[...] the greatest of their number is Noam Chomsky, who has spent more than four decades warning of the danger that US imperialism poses to the peace and security of the world. "
" He may be widely disliked by establishment commentators, but through exposing unpalatable truths about the way his country is run and by reminding us that US military spending protects not US citizens but the interests of the big US corporations, Chomsky has done his country and the world an invaluable service. This, together with his pioneering work in linguistics, makes him one of the great thinkers of this or any other time. "
From a brilliant issue - A "dozen" Great Thinkers of our time - as oposed to In Our Time - which is just brilliant, this weeks was on 'design in nature' which tied in, weirdly with Matt[ic]'s post about the bee, shame it is the last one next week, on Apocolype! Though the whole series is archived so I could listen to the ones I missed...
Information Foraging in Information Access Environments by Peter Pirolli and Stuart Card
The Design of Browsing and Berrypicking Techniques by Marcia J. Bates
But having just installed the Beta google toolbar 2.0 - I now have a blog this button again - yippeeee Google Toolbar Help Index - it does all sorts of other clever stuff too (even blocks pop-up windows!)
NEW THINKING - Gerry McGovern's weekly thoughts
HBS working knowledge - all sorts of stuff, but often relevant to design
Adaptive Path Newsletter - the latest essay straight to your inbox
"NEC" - Clay Shirky's mailing list
NTK now - slightly off topic but def. worth checking
apropos of nothing
surprised to see this is still here alongside the one they couldn't use ;)
HomeNet is a field trial at Carnegie Mellon University whose purpose is to understand people's use of the Internet at home. Starting in 1995, we have provided families with Internet service and are carefully documenting how members of the family use online services such as electronic mail, computerized bulletin boards, online chat groups, and the World Wide Web.
or yeah and
Jason Fried (from 37Signals)
some of the other links don't seem to be working which is a shame cause they looked interesting (social software, blogs - to name just two)
I have started to collate some links from
Digital Information Graphics on the IAwiki
My review of DIG for FirstMonday will appear next month and I felt it (the book, not my review) was worthy of a companion link collection - and where beter than on a wiki - so others can do some of the work for me ;)
From The Economist print edition
"Information visualisation is about to go mainstream. While it may not be the killer application some expect, “infoviz” is going to help users to manipulate [*] data in wholly new ways"
* for my mind this should read comprehend or at a push interact with, rather than manipulate...
(can't recall for certain where I saw this, but am fairly confident it was Matt[IC] - as per...)
To subscribe: mailto:HyDeSignfirstname.lastname@example.org
or simply click on the links on the left. The yahoo group could also become a place for debate and discussions surrounding the links or subjects posted about...?
Currently listening to Robert Elms on LondonLive and recording various shows from the (via the BBC radio player) on ADSL is great - often better than FM reception was in London :-) Weird to keep connected whilst being somewhere sooooo different
Anyway, t'is nice to see a blog focussed version of touchgraph browser -
blogstreet.com / visualneighborhood : hydesign
Shame the jar file seems to crash NS but I guess I had better upgrade from 4.7 ;)
here are a couple I am enjoying -
Moloko - statues
Aim - hinterland (which I linked to before - nice site!)
- some of which I purchased at Roots having eaten at the amazing Café Paradiso - if you can't visit, their brilliant coookbook is available online?
my work must be missing me - they have been very quick to remove any mention of me - but they can't get rid of the google cache :-))))
Saul Williams - Not in my Name -
Pledge of Resistance (DJ Spooky
(DJ Goo remix)
Saul Williams - Bloodletting
Saul Williams - September 12th
Saul Williams - Not in my Name -
Pledge of Resistance (original)
Language and Global Communication:
A Five Year Research Programme
Emphasis will be given to the role played by transnational corporations in the global language and communication landscape, questioning to which degree and how their policies and practices result in linguistic and cultural homogeneisation and, when they localise, which elements are localised and which left unchanged, which factors (age, access, cultural factors etc) influence users’ attitudes to globalised and localised forms of language and communication and to the technologies and semiotic modes involved.
to mark my return (of sorts) - albeit delayed by the blooger down time
Haiku Error Messages
certainly not new but nice all the same
The Web site you seek
Cannot be located, but
Countless more exist.
Chaos reigns within.
Reflect, repent, and reboot.
Order shall return.
Close all that you have worked on.
You ask far too much.
Windows NT crashed. I am the
Blue Screen of Death.
No one hears your screams.
Yesterday it worked.
Today it is not working.
Windows is like that.
Your file was so big.
It might be very useful.
But now it is gone.
Stay the patient course.
Of little worth is your ire.
The network is down.
A crash reduces
Your expensive computer
To a simple stone.
Three things are certain:
Death, taxes and lost data.
Guess which has occurred.
You step in the stream,
But the water has moved on.
This page is not here.
Out of memory.
We wish to hold the whole sky,
But we never will.
Having been erased,
The document you're seeking
Must now be retyped.
All shortcuts have disappeared.
Screen, Mind. Both are blank.
politics and freedom of information (or the lack of it)
The Memory Hole [rescuing knowledge, freeing information]
One of the twelve contestants IS NOT REAL. He or she is a fictional persona developed by one of the other eleven contestants. This fictional character is called the PUPPET, and the person pulling the Puppet's strings is, you guessed it, THE PUPPETMASTER.
a couple of old links about e-learning
the NODE: networking June 1999
Don Tapscott on the Future of Education. Don is a noted authority on new media and information technology and their implications for business, education, government, and society.
Online Teaching: The Delights and Dangers of Pseudonymity
from JCMC 4 (2) December 1998
elasticspace | Experience Design Reading, Books, Magazines, Resources
Forlizzi: Theories of Experience Our goal is to make experience accessible to designers -- to make our theory of interaction design live in practice, by allowing designers to conceive of designing experiences rather than designing products.
Also check out the theories and the resources sections
How to get the most out of conferences - UIWEB.COM
Some really useful advice.
Particularly worth scrolling down to:
How to justify going to conferences
- www.networkphotographers.com -
some nice images here by Roger Hutchin's amoungst others
I went to a great talk by Patrick Sutherland at lunchtime, he is the curator of the exhibition which is on downstairs (which I linked to last week).
Patrick runs the Photojournalism course at LCP and his work in Spiti: the Forbidden Valley, is published in a book
HBS Working Knowledge: Organizations: Time to Treat Toxic Emotions at Work
Now I wonder why this caught my attention?
Cooper: Design Research: Why you need it " In addition, the time you spend up front understanding users and the domain will save time during the design and development process by reducing guesswork, re-work, and exploration down blind alleys. Knowledge is power, and empowering your design team with knowledge about your business goals, your technical boundaries, and your users will provide an extra edge in ensuring that your product isn't the one gathering dust on the shelf after the tradeshow."
Noah Grey wrote a piece of software called Greymatter, and with it helped the blogosphere take its first hesitant steps into the limelight. Then he kind of disappeared, and then he kind of came back again. Last week, he kindly agreed to spill his heart to WriteTheWeb - The heart of the matter
" I don't put much stock in the "personal publishing revolution" idea, though. To me, it isn't so much a new revolution but merely a new way of doing something very, very old. I believe that perhaps the most defining element of who we are - the element that most makes us human - is the fundamental need to express ourselves in the best way they can; something which goes back not only to the obvious pre-web ancestors of this medium (Montaigne, Samuel Pepys, even St. Augustine), but really, to the first time one caveman (or woman) called others together around the proverbial fire and said, this is what I saw, and this is how I felt about it."
Matt's upsideclown: [in a] Climax state
" I sit on a bench and watch the beauty in people's faces. Deep wrinkles on old men, and bright eyes with keen faces walking by. Above the people and the concrete is a slate blue sky, cold, impassive and clear. I can feel the pace of my heart beating. In glorious London around me, it's reflected, and I can feel also the pulse and energy of London inside; London is my brain, in society, reflections of crowds in our turmoil, of its variety in the rainforests, in the cosmos. One and the same, infinite recursion. "
Shirky: Social Software and the Politics of Groups
Which looks at how
Social Software Encodes Political Bargains
and Identifies that there is little
Testing [of the] Group Experience
But the most interesting (for my mind) is the notion of Bariers:
"What kind of barriers work best?" Most groups have some sort of barrier to group membership, which can be thought of as a membrane separating the group from the rest of the world. Sometimes it is as simple as the energy required to join a mailing list. Sometimes it is as complicated as getting a sponsor within the group, or acquiring a password or key. Sometimes the membrane is binary and at the edge of the group -- you're on the mailing list or not. Sometimes its gradiated and internal, as with user identity and karma on Slashdot. Given the rich history we have with such social membranes, can we draw any general conclusions about their use by analyzing successes (or failures) in existing social software?
Thursday 13 March 2003 at 6pm (also streamed live (win or ram) and then archived)
Gresham College Venue: Barnard's Inn Hall
Harold Thimbleby on 'Designing anything: from Lego to mathematics'
Inside every complex gadget is a programming language. How are programming languages designed, and how should they be designed? What are the common design problems? A look at a range of programming languages: the language of Lego, the extraordinarily popular general purpose language Java, and the specialised mathematics programming language Mathematica.
Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
This is stuck on my fireplace with a fridge magnet...
“Asking questions is healthy, it enables us to clarify doubts and gain new information. Life should be more about holding questions then finding answers. The act of seeking an answer comes from the wish to make life, which is basically fluid into something that is more certain and fixed. This often leads to rigidity, close-mindedness and intolerance.
On the other hand, holding a question, exploring its many facets over time, puts us in touch with the mystery of life. Holding questions accustoms us to the ungraspable nature of life and enables us to understand things from a range of perspectives.
And I still don’t know what the hell I’m doing. "
We should all try and keep it that way !
and he going to continue this theme at sxsw interactive
"You know for a long time I have always believed in this idea of "releasing of control" and letting chance direct you - and there's something about young kids that is fantastic in terms of how they tackle problems and live life."
yes yes yes yes yes yes i agree
I am always looking for quotations and this site seems extensive.
Quotations & Quotes: Daily Quotation Server - Literature, Poetry, Science & Philosophy
Plausible impossibilities should be preferred to unconvincing possibilities.
Other Quotations by Aristotle
Building Communities with Software by Joel on Software.
Some interesting comments about how and why community software works.
You may have missed your chance to read this - as it is only available to subscribers it seems - but I guess you might be able to get Joel to send you the old post...
I am only an eighth (the spelling of that always looks wrong) of the way through this article and cannot wait any longer to pass it on. Maybe prompted by the title...
interdisciplines : The Future of Web Publishing : Back to the Oral Tradition Through Skywriting at the Speed of Thought
Some quotes that have already jumped out at me :)
'In an evolutionary competition, the symbolic "thieves" quickly out-survive and out-reproduce the honest sensorimotor "toilers," who must learn everything the hard way, from experience.'
'The child grounds his first word meanings through direct sensorimotor toil, the old way, and can then (in principle) acquire all the rest through symbolic theft, consisting of recombinations of his already-grounded symbols, rather as in the case of dictionary definitions.'
'So " cognitive barter " may be a better descriptor than " theft " for the adaptive advantage conferred by language.'
Designing for Aliens: What management guru and design advocate Tom Peters needs to learn about managing design By Darrel Rhea
"The key talent of great designers is having deep empathy for the people they design for. They intuitively understand how people experience products, services, communications, and environments. They care about the emotional and cognitive response these experiences evoke. This intuition and caring is enhanced by systematic inquiry into the nature of the human aspects of the problem and possible design solutions."
via: George Olsen on B&A
Tiresias - SRU
Actually this page contains information about the RNIB's Scientific Research Unit. I think the usability of page titles (which often become bookmarks or maybe more importantly blog links ;) is something that is all too often overlooked. Sometimes what seems like the simplest thing to do is actually the hardest. Or at least to do it well consistently. I have complained probably too often to people about this -recently to InfoVisMag- maybe it is only something I think is important?
Two other pages of note from this site are:
On this page I actually thought I couldn't see it cause my browser was too old. The significance of the question mark passed me by and I nearly resorted to accessing the text only version. The use of the phrase 'modern browser' on the link gave me the impression that mine wasn't - and this page was going to send me to a list of modern browsers. Yet again the simple matter of meaningful and unambiguous link text...
since1968 ::? Interviews Benjamin Fry discusses dynamic information modeling and the intersection of aesthetics and
I have linked to Ben Fry's stuff previously - but don't think I have been to since1968 since... and certainly didn't blog it. There are loads of other great looking interviews - and I haven't looked at the book reviews yet...
some loosely related blogs that have recently caught my attention
Notes from the Blogsphere from six different ways
The 10 Habits of Highly Annoying Bloggers I think I score 10 out of 10.
I would point out that I welcome comments via the egroup - maybe I will highlight this. And that there is something 'about me' in my links - no?
Matt get links from here fairly often - so must be good go
Tom Coates on the_excesses_of_social_software
kasia in a nutshell
noise between stations
Two brilliant documentary photographers exhibiting in London town!
Exodus: Photographs by Sebastião Salgado
Roger Hutchings at the London Institute Gallery
This one is free. And contains unusual contrasts between the Bosnian War and Armani fashion shows.
designfeast.com -- thoughts on design
sort of like the wall of pith - one that stood out:
Design is in everything we make, but it's also between those things. It's a mix of craft, science, storytelling, propaganda, and philosophy.
via an old article by Nate Burgos in LiNe Zine (which I had linked to back in March 2002)
In reaction to, yet another, very thought provoking post by Matt[IC] about Neurolinguistic programming, which is based on the notion that people are either visual, aural or tactile, in which he uses this as the basis for examining fashion trends and haircuts! There is an interesting parrallel with this to the notion of learning styles which was being discussed in the IDcafé.
Modal Navigation or Signal to Speed
Depending on the mode of transport you use, you will take:
- different routes
- receive (and be aware of) different signals
- travel at different speeds
- see different things
(or at least see them from a different perspective - from a distance or only a fleeting glance)
- be able to do different things (stop, change direction, talk to others, etc.)
Providing different modes of transport through an online space/place could help different types of users to find what they are looking for. Or to put it another way provide different approaches depending on the needs or previous experience of the user (a new comer might prefer a guided tour and experienced user go straight to the overview - to see what is new or has been changed). This is similar to IAwiki's RoadMaps and the Nodes provided as a way to navigate through Engines for Educators - hy~lee™ recommended.
One could envisage the following modes:
Walking - slow, controllable, flexible
Taxi - (paid for) personal route, enhanced with specific (if not necessarily accurate) local information, access to areas that other aren't allowed into (bus routes), comfort, mode can be shared,
Bus - predetermined fixed route, with group of people,
Cycle - fairly fast, controllable, flexible (can deviate from prescribed routes and ignore certain restrictions ;), dangerous?
Motor bike - fast, dangerous, restricted view (because of the helmet)
Car - fast, limited flexibility, certain restrictions, unfriendly?
Tube - very limited view of environment (all about getting there not about seeing what is along the way)
Train - unique (if limited in other ways) view of environment, shared mode
Plane - high level overview, fast but inflexible (hard to turn), shared (if more exclusive) mode
This is (of course) not an exhaustive list. And there could of course be subsets of these - different bus routes, a mountain bike or a shared taxi ride.
The key to this is not only how you move round but what you see whilst travelling. Certain signals or levels of detail will be excluded or enhanced depending on the mode. A slow walk will show you all the detail (who wrote it, how long is it, when did they write it, what is it about) where as a fast biker will see only the long or highly rated messages or maybe the particularly active spaces…
I couldn't post this yesterday - as Blogger was down - I wonder if this was as I predicted a result of the all the Pyra-Google reactions and consequent attention...?
filtering, filtering - it's all about filtering - but more importantly (maybe) about finding the stuff that others have let slip through...
Went back to find a Tech Comm article I read a while ago and found I could access via
EServer TC Library: Articles: Information Design
scroll down to:
Learning from Games: Seven Principles of Effective Design
requires free registration - but it is worth it.
The other titles here look worth checking too.
Matt [IC] has written some interesting notes about the google purchase of Pyra - which runs Blogger - cause he couldn't get through to the blogger interface - I wonder if the two are connected ;)
There is a more news orientated piece by Dan Gillmor over at Silicon Valley dot com. And there are bound to be many more comments elsewhere.
I think this could put quite a strain on the blogger system for a while as this is bound to bring on the masses.
A special hyperconnected issue of JoDI [Journal of Digital information, volume 3 issue 3] Hypertext Criticism: Writing about Hypertext
Articles that stood out are:
Inappropriate Format][ing][: Craft-Orientation vs. Networked Content[s]
Misguided Search For Truth
Phenomenology and Digital Information
Space Shuttle Catastrophe the latest issue of InfoVis is very topical, but unfortunately does not show the graphic that really makes the point about how badly presented data can severly detract from the information being presented.
This contrasts with Tufte's version of the same data presented in a way which highlights that the disaster should have been prevented!
These are both from week two of
CS 422 User Interface Design & Programming
If I were a NetHack
this is kinda worrying, maybe I'd rather be a
If I were a
Technology can make you fat: February 10, 2003 issue of New Thinking by Gerry McGovern
!! spot on !!
By the time we send out our next Viridian Note, the United States may be at war. This is a sad and ugly historical period, so it's time for us Viridians to mindfully contemplate pretty things. Such action is a moral necessity. In the memorable words of Italo Calvino, in his beautiful book INVISIBLE CITIES:
"There are two ways to escape the suffering. The first is easy for many: accept the Inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of the Inferno, are not Inferno, then make them endure, give them space."
gladwell dot com / Group Think
Quoting from Jenny Uglow's new book, "The Lunar Men"
"They developed their own cryptic, playful language and Darwin, in particular, liked to phrase things as puzzles—like the charades and poetic word games people used to play," "Even though they were down-to-earth champions of reason, a part of the delight was to feel they were unlocking esoteric secrets, exploring transmutations like alchemists of old."
This is alongside many other interesting articles from Malcom Gladwell
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marc rettig's place
has his slides from a talk at AMC WebSig Chicago Oct2002, "Designing for Small Screens" (PDF, 1.4 meg) -- how life is different for web people entering the world of small devices.
This short presentation covers a lot of similar ground to Information Appliances and Beyond (there is an extract here) - which I think I will add to my mUdIa list.
therouteItook (to this):
An entry on the recently returned bbj
Their map is not the territory.
led me to a
Jo Walsh's Spacenamelondon
where this was a news item,
funily enough next to a piece by matt[IC]
this (of course) sent me back to
which I got to (yesterday) via the googletouchgraph below
(did you spot it?)
Recently linked to my Amazon.com: Listmania! mUdIa - multimedia design + InfoArchitecture on guuui - so I had better add something new to it one day...
Not only have my linked to sites increased a lot recently (about? 34 at present) which makes for a much more interesting google_touchgraph:
(I know I shouldn't be checking)
And I now have some siblings too - something that I don't have in real life so it gives a rather unusual but kinda nice feeling BlogTree.com - HyDeSign