All posts from
March 2006

The Future of the Web

“The development of Web technology has been an exciting ride, a series of socially motivated technical innovations some languishing, others catching on in a viral way. As each development has suggested many new ones, and much of the original vision is still unfulfilled, there is a lot to do. This talk will discuss new challenges and hopes for weblike systems on the net.” (Tim Berners-LeeOxford Internet Institute Webcasts) – courtesy of boingboing

The Next Web?

“It sometimes seems like widely popular web-standards innovation halted around 2000, and the last few years have been a period of very slow catch-up. Various visions of a new Web, a better Web, have come and gone, leaving behind useful parts but not yet transforming the Web. Are we on the edge of the next big thing? It may make sense to look at the last few big things, comparing their visions with what’s happening today.” (Simon St. LaurentXML.com) – courtesy of thinkingandmaking

IA Summit 2006 Closing Plenary

“Giving a closing plenary is a nerve-wracking experience. I realized I had a hard time relaxing and enjoying myself at the summit, because in the back of my mind, I was continually tweaking my talk.” (Peter Merholz) – congrats!

We Are Not Alone: IA’s Role in Optimal Design Teams

“By studying several dozen design teams, the UIE research team has spent the last few years looking at how different compositions lead to the most effective results. How do you build a team to produce the best possible designs?” (Jared SpoolUIE Brain Sparks)

Stone Age Information Architecture

“(…) my talk explored the question of how pre-literate cultures manage their collective intellectual capital. In particular, I focused on the use of folk taxonomies (not to be confused with ‘folksonomies’), visual symbol systems, and the cultural effects of the transition from oral to literate cultures. Finally, I tried to probe the relevance of these systems to present-day problems in information architecture.” (Alex Wright)

The Information Architecture Institute: Annual Report 2004-2005

“This, our third eventful year, was marked by significantly increased visibility in the community and a more focused range of initiatives and services. Between 1 September 2004 and 31 August 2005 our membership grew 51%; as of 31 August 2005, the Institute had 845 members from over 55 countries. Our cash flow is positive, our volunteer rate is up, and our administrative activities have been streamlined. And clearly, the economic recovery experienced over the past year is having a positive effect on our industry.” (IAinstitute)

User experience work offshore/offshoring

“Offshore, and the offshoring of, user experience work is a reality that will increasingly affect us all.” (riander)

G/localization: When Global Information and Local Interaction Collide

“I want to talk about what it means to connect the global and local together in technology and how this affects the design process. I want to talk about why social software must address glocalization in order to succeed. This means thinking about all sorts of squishy stuff like language, economics, policy, culture, social relations, and values. These are not just issues for marketing or business; they directly affect how people use your technologies and, thus, how you must design them.” (Danah Boyd) – courtesy of gunnarlangemark

SDForum Search SIG

The Search for Search – “The purpose of the SDForum Silicon Valley Search SIG is to offer a communication and collaboration platform to the Search ecosystem: search engines, marketers/advertisers, users and developers. Through a series of monthly events, the SIG will cover a large diversity of topics: from the latest developments in search to the needs of brands and advertisers, through the issues and key learnings of starting, funding, building, and exiting a search company.” (About the Search SIG)

Open Sesame! Selling UX Services

“For some UX professionals, selling consulting services is as difficult as opening a magic door without a secret password. There is no simple password that can magically open prospective customers’ minds so they can see what you can do for them. However, there are a few strategies you can use when opening a dialogue with new customers that will lead to your sales success.” (Maura Schreier-Fleming and Janet M. SixUXmatters)

More Alike Than We Think

“Would we be able to create one site for all enquirers, or would we have to create specialized sites to meet the needs of different user groups? What happens when a site has to appeal to a wide range of people? How do you sort out their different usability requirements? Will they conflict, and if so, how do you prioritize them?” (Whitney QuesenberyUXmatters)

Design Vision Complete

“In the later half of January 2006, a group of designers with nearly 50 cumulative years of experience designing products for companies like Adobe, Apple, eBay, Macromedia, Nike, Palm, and Yahoo got together to talk about design vision. It was a concept for which we all had a personal definition -forged by our unique experiences and insights. Yet we all recognized the important role design vision played in our lives as designers so we took the first step toward a public discussion about what it can do for you, your organization, and your products.” (LukeWFunctioning Form)

Growing a Business Website: Fix the Basics First

“Offering clear content, simple navigation, and answers to customer questions have the biggest impact on business value. Advanced technology matters much less.” (Jakob NielsenAlertbox)

Euro IA Summit 2005 Proceedings 

Building Our Community – Document as handed out to all participants. October 15-16, 2005 – Brussels Belgium (Eric Reiss) – The Euro IA Summit 2006 will be in Berlin.