All posts from
September 2005

Audio Interview with Jakob Nielsen

“To design a usable website, designers need to think how the user is going to use their website rather than present him with what they want him to see.” (IT Conversations) – courtesy of usabilitynews

The Web, Information Architecture, and Interaction Design

“So when thinking about a new Web site, first ask what kind of problem you have, to make sure that you bring the right people – and the right tools – for the job.” (Jonathan Korman – Cooper Newsletter)

Computational Information Design

“The ability to collect, store, and manage data is increasing quickly, but our ability to understand it remains constant. In an attempt to gain better understanding of data, fields such as information visualization, data mining and graphic design are employed, each solving an isolated part of the specific problem, but failing in a broader sense: there are too many unsolved problems in the visualization of complex data. As a solution, this dissertation proposes that the individual fields be brought together as part of a singular process titled Computational Information Design.” (Ben Fry)

The Designing for User eXperience (DUX) 2005 blog

“We shall use this blog to keep you abreast of developments over the final weeks leading up to the 3-5 November conference.” (DUX2005)

The Power of Defaults

“Search engine users click the results listings’ top entry much more often than can be explained by relevancy ratings. Once again, people tend to stick to the defaults.” (Jakob NielsenAlertbox)

Who Will Lead Design In The 21st Century?

“The session was smart, thrilling, provocative—and somewhat frightening. VanPatter answers his own question, “Who will lead design in the 21st century?” almost immediately and this is his response, folks: It might not be designers.” (Speak Up) – courtesy of cph127

Karen A. Schriver: The InfoDesign interview

“Regularly, InfoDesign interviews a thought leader in the design industry, focusing on people who are identified with or show strong sensibilities to the design of information and experiences. This time, Peter J. Bogaards interviews Karen A. Schriver.” (Peter J. Bogaards)

Interview with Peter Morville

“(…) findability is only one of many qualities that can be designed into an information architecture, along with accessibility, credibility, desirability, and usability. Sometimes, it’s more important for a product to be attractive. Sometimes, companies rely more on push than pull. But as the Internet increasingly puts the customer in control, making it easy for your people to find your products and your support content becomes a top priority. And as ubiquitous computing propels us toward a massive, networked transmedia environment, findability will only become more important and challenging.” (infonomia)

Blogs: A Global Conversation

A Master Thesis on the Social Phenomenon of Blogs – “I carried out quantitative research by twice sending out a survey via email to 750 Bloggers who are ranked by Technorati. A total 174 Bloggers filled out the survey. Whether you work in advertising, public relations, marketing, are thinking of using Blogs for a business, want to use Blogs to try and create revenue or want to get an understanding of what is going on in the world of Blogs, the paper may be of interest to you.” (James Torio)

Forms vs. Applications

“Once an online form goes beyond two screenfulls, it’s often a sign that the underlying functionality is better supported by an application, which offers a more interactive user experience.” (Jakob NielsenAlertbox)

Why Ajax Matters Now

“(…) the unexplored ways we can evolve Web conventions without the constraints of the old hypertext interaction model, are why the recent Ajax explosion signals a new chapter in the history of Web design.” (Jesse James GarrettOK/Cancel)

Web 2.0 Interfaces: The Future of Design

“So, at the end of the talk I re-asked the question about what Web 2.0 means to people. I felt like there was a general consensus: that Web 2.0 is a big deal, especially the architecture of participation. We’re turning to new methods to find value for us, and those methods are systems built upon the notion that users add value.” (Joshua PorterBokardo)

From Objects to Subjects: Design History and Oral History

“The paper will address questions about the value of personal life story recordings by examining the fate of the role of individual agency and authorship in design historiography. Taking as its starting point that subjectivity is socially constructed and that language is the medium in which that construction is articulated, it will show how life histories are inevitably evidence of broader cultural discourses. With the resurgence of historiographic concerns with experience and memory, The paper will demonstrate the ways in which interviews with designers create a multi-layered document/recording that reflects the complex interactions with constitute a designer’s identity formation as well as his/her historical consciousness.” (Linda Sandino at Show/Tell Papers)