All posts from
October 2005

Information Architecture 2.0

“The consequent explosion of content and functionality on the Web and the new ways in which we’re making use of Web content has recast the role of the information architect. This article explores the information architect’s evolving responsibilities in light of the changes we’re experiencing on the Web.” (Dan Brown – UXmatters Preview)

Incompetent Email Marketing = Lost Future Opportunities

“Lack of personalization made an email newsletter completely useless to the recipient, damaging long-term customer relationship efforts.” (Jakob NielsenAlertbox)

Mobile Web Design: Tips & Techniques

“This article attempts to present technical advice on a superficial level. Some tips may surprise the reader; others may disappoint. But let’s be clear about one thing: We’re not aiming to publish a replete guide to advanced mobile development, but rather a starting point for mobile development – both practical and ambitious. Hence, a superficial treatment of the topic.” (Cameron Moll – Authentic Boredom)

Visual Complexity: A visual exploration on mapping networks

“(…) a unified resource space for anyone interested in the visualization of complex networks. The project’s main goal is to leverage a critical understanding of different visualization methods, across a series of discipline s, as diverse as Biology, Social Networks or the World Wide Web.” (Manuel Lima)

Is Your Homepage Immature?

“Every large corporation has a marketing strategy that outlines what it wants to say to customers, but many of them still aren’t using their homepages effectively to highlight that message.” (Indy YoungAdaptive Path)

ImproViz: Visual Explorations of Jazz Improvizations

“Viewing the Miles Davis composition All Blues through the lens of ImproViz illustrates the contrasting melodic and harmonic styles of three musicians: Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley and John Coltran.” (Jon SnydalOffhand Designs) – courtesy of jasonkottke

Intranet Portals Get Streamlined

“An analysis of intranet portals found slimmer information architectures and a renewed emphasis on fresh content and useful applications. Past findings, including those on role-based personalization, were confirmed” (Jakob NielsenAlertbox)

Graphic design plays a minor role on the Web

“The best websites are highly functional. They are task-focused. Graphic design has an important, though limited role. Don’t try and force the Web to be what it’s not.” (Gerry McGovern)

Emotion and the sense of presence in HCI design

“Emotion is becoming accepted as an important ingredient of successful humancomputer interaction design. It has always been important in design, but as a discipline rooted in the methods and mindset of the cognitive psychology of the 70s and 80s, HCI has been slow to accept that affect (as exhibited in feelings of happiness or anxiety) is an essential component of reasoning about the world, not an opposing force. Although we may loosely speak of emotion versus reason, both too much and too little emotion will have a negative impact on cognition, with the latter being the more pathological.” (John Waterworth –

World Usability Day

A project of the Usability Professionals’ Association: Promoting usability concepts and techniques worldwide – “World Usability Day promotes the value of usability engineering, user-centered design,and every user’s responsibility to ask for things that work better. The Usabililty Professionals’ Association is doing that by encouraging, organizing, and sponsoring 36 hours of activities at the local level around the globe, all occurring on November 3, 2005.” (About WUD)

A Sense of Place: The Global and Local in Mobile Communication

“Issues of placelessness, the spatial and social relations created by television’s emergence as a dominant medium, have been around since the mid-1980s. With the triumphant march of mobile telephony these issues today appear to gain new significance and are seen in a new light. Social science focussing on mobile communication increasingly recgnizes that the mobile telephone is not only a revolutionary instrument that connects people globally, it is also a powerful tool for connections on a more local scale: an organizer of life in small spaces and communities.” (Kristóf Nyiri)

EuroIA mailinglist

One of the results of the first European IA Summit 2005 in Brussels of last weekend is available now. – “The EuroIA mailinglist is the online conversational platform for researchers and practitioners in the field of Information Architecture in an European context.” (Peter J. Bogaards) – sponsored by Webtic – Paul Jongsma

The Search Lurch: Have We Become Lazy Googlers or Smarter Web Researchers?

“Now that it’s so easy for people to search for anything in a fraction of a second and retrieve content buried in deep links thanks to Google and other high-speed tools such as MSN Search, is this creating a kind of laziness on the part of Web users?” (Garth A. Buchholz)

For Inspiration Only: Thesis

“This research has looked at how designers interact with visual material in the early phases of design and what new tools can do to support this. These questions were addressed by literature reviews and field studies, furthermore several working prototypes have been built, which have been used to gain and demonstrate the knowledge built up during this research.” (Ianus Keller – ID-Studiolab) – courtesy of peterboersma

Peter Morville: The Tagsonomy interview

“I’m an impatient information architect. I spend no more time organizing than absolutely necessary. (…) With respect to personal information architecture, less is more.” (Gene Smith – Tagsonomy)

Information Design: A map to meaning 

“(…) a presentation suggesting that in the most compelling information design, the expression of an idea should form a map to its meaning. This presentation includes collected exhibits and ideas from leading voices on the study of information design and its meaning. The first presentation of this material was given at Abt Associates in Cambridge Massachusetts.” (Andrew Maydoney – Sametz Blackstone Associates articles) – courtesy of cph127

New Challenges Retreat: Ideas, discussion, and a call to action

“This year’s IA Retreat – ‘New Challenges in Information Architecture’ – took place at the Edith Macy Conference Center, just north of New York City, October 7-9, 2005. Of the many themes discussed at the retreat, those that stood out revolved around the challenges of enterprise information architecture (as in very large enterprises, such as government agencies, and Fortune 100’s), cross-cultural IA issues, and designing user experiences for evermore complex, and increasingly less, web-centric systems.” (Anders RamsayBoxes and Arrows)

Information architecture in an European dimension: Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats

Presentation from Europe’s first information architecture summit – “This talk will take an analytical but subjective approach to the current state-of-affairs of (continental) European IA. The local IA communities of practice, knowledge and interest seem still premature, fragmented and not well-connected. Even if there is such a thing as an European IA community, it lacks a solid identity and definitely a strategy.” (Peter J. Bogaards – BogieLand)