All posts from
December 2004

Visio Stencils for Information Architects

“The Visio stencils on this page are free for downloading and using. They are designed to aid the work of Information Architects. In short, they are not for everyone, you may want to familiarize yourself with common IA practices before trying to use these stencils.” (Nick Finck)

The Future of Independent Media

“(…) our assessment of the coming opportunities and challenges, as we see them, for the field of independent media, and, by extension, for any organization or individual that will be affected by the new media landscape – which is to say, all of us.” (Andrew Blau – Global Business Network)

Evaluating Museum Websites using Design Patterns 

“This report describes a detailed study of thee museum websites in order to determine the general characteristics and issues in museum site design. The sites of the Rijksmuseum, the Louvre, and the Guggenheim were analyzed in depth using an existing collection of design patterns as the main evaluation tool.” (Martijn van Welie)

The year search became personal

“This is perhaps the Holy Grail of search, understanding what it is you are looking for and providing it quickly. The problem is that no one yet knows how to get there.” (BBC News)


“(…) an interactive exploration of the words and pictures that define the time. The result is an often moving, sometimes shocking, occasionally frivolous, but always fitting snapshot of our world. Every hour, 10×10 collects the 100 words and pictures that matter most on a global scale, and presents them as a single image, taken to encapsulate that moment in time. Over the course of days, months, and years, 10×10 leaves a trail of these hourly statements which, stitched together side by side, form a continuous patchwork tapestry of human life.” (About 10×10)

Achitecture of the World Wide Web, Volume One

“The World Wide Web uses relatively simple technologies with sufficient scalability, efficiency and utility that they have resulted in a remarkable information space of interrelated resources, growing across languages, cultures, and media. In an effort to preserve these properties of the information space as the technologies evolve, this architecture document discusses the core design components of the Web. They are identification of resources, representation of resource state, and the protocols that support the interaction between agents and resources in the space. We relate core design components, constraints, and good practices to the principles and properties they support.” (W3C)

What The User Experience Community Thinks

“It’s hard to break into the user experience community unless you were born wearing their official T-shirt. (…) Who are these user design people, I often wonder, and why do they sound so angry about their work and each other?” (Kimberly Krause Berg)


“SIMPLICITY is an experimental research program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, focused on developing technologies for design – designs that are simpler to understand, easier to use, and, ultimately, more enjoyable.” (John MaedaSimplicity) – courtesy of victor lombardi

Web content management comes of age in 2004

“2004 was a year when web content came of age, as more and more organizations recognized it as an asset, not some commodity. More and more organizations have begun to put content first, technology second.” (Gerry McGovern)

From Interactions to Transactions: Designing the Trust Experience for Business-to-Consumer e-Commerce

“Business-to-consumer electronic commerce on the Internet has revolutionised the purchase of products and services by giving consumers round the clock access to worldwide providers. However, B2C e-commerce has also shown to be associated with a myriad of factors hindering adoption and usage by private customers. Such factors include concerns regarding security and privacy, the unfamiliarity of some online services, lack of direct interaction with products, salespeople and fellow shoppers and the generally low credibility of online information. These factors were collectively defined as ‘trust issues’, as they refer to a purchase decision customers have to make in a situation of uncertainty and risk.” (Florian N. Eggerecommuse)

The User Experience Community to Thinking Too Small

“It’s done people — read Business Week instead of Alertbox for a change, and you’ll see everyone is already on board! Hass and Standford are adding design to their curriculum, the MFA is the new MBA, and so on and so on… They are sold on what you do: now you have to actually live up to their expectations. Scared yet?” (Christina Wodtke)

The User Experience Community is Thinking Too Big

“One could argue that user experience is just as, if not more, important than say development but at the moment, we don’t have the understanding and penetration that the staffing reflects this. If anything, UX staffing is one tenth or even one hundredth of development.” (Kevin Cheng – OK/Cancel) – courtesy of nick finck

Google Suggest improves search’s web scent

“Why is this huge? Because the biggest problem with search as it exists today is that users can’t know what lies on the other side of that Submit button. It could be nothing, it could be just what they are looking for – how to know ahead of time?” (Brett Lider – every breath death defying)

Social Aspects of Digital Information in Perspective

“This collection of articles will give JoDI readers a sample of the insights that social informatics studies can bring to understanding digital information design, use and implementation. It is a vibrant field that draws contributions from academics and practitioners in a wide range of disciplines. It is sometimes difficult to find these works scattered among the many journals in which they are published.” (Journal of Digital Information 5.4)

The Marriage of Presentation and Structure

“Like marriage, just because you don’t know what you’re getting into doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with it.” (Molly E. Holzschlag and Ethan Marcotte)