IDEA 2008

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The “IDEA Conference&# :[link] took place in Chicago on October 7-9 at the Harold Washington Library Center. The speakers pushed the boundaries of what it means to design complex information spaces of all kinds. We can all expand our practice by absorbing their experiences and ideas.

DevLearn Conference 2008

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I want to go to this conference. Not sure I can - travel and expense freezes all over the place. It is 100% relevant to my job - sigh!! Authored by gminks. Hosted by Edublogs

IDEA 2008: An Interview with Bill DeRouchey

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As IDEA 2008 draws closer, the IA Institute is conducting a series of interviews with the speakers for the conference. " RU: Last question, and this is a doozy: Over the course of 2008, you and I have become “friends&# —at least I’d say that, and I believe you’ve said that. As Event Coordinator for IDEA , I fill a variety of roles, including the Interviewer of IDEA Presenters (which I proudly share with Liz Danzico).

IDEA 2008: An Interview with Andrew Hinton

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As IDEA 2008 draws closer, the IA Institute is conducting a series of interviews with the speakers for the conference. As Event Coordinator for IDEA , I fill a variety of roles, including the Interviewer of IDEA Presenters (which I proudly share with Liz Danzico). This is the second interview in the series, and this time I pulled the name of Andrew Hinton, Lead Information Architect at Vanguard, from the virtual hat.

IDEA 2008: An Interview with David Armano

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As IDEA 2008 draws closer, the IA Institute is conducting a series of interviews with the speakers for the conference. As Event Coordinator for IDEA , I fill a variety of roles, including the Interviewer of IDEA Presenters (which I proudly share with Liz Danzico). This is the third interview in the series, and I got to spend time with David Armano, VP Experience Design at Critical Mass.

IDEA 2008: An Interview with Elliott Malkin

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Even if you’re trying to find one, the connections among Elliott Malkin ’s body of work are hard to see. Part family history, part science project, part home-movie, his projects span genres that, initially, seem incidental. Yet many of his web-based projects—whether they investigate “butterfly vision&# or install digital graffiti throughout lower Manhattan—are connected in one simple way: they all explore unofficial signals in public space.

Blog Action Day 2008: My experience with poverty

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Today is Blog Action Day , and the topic is fighting poverty. One of my colleagues at EMC has already posted his Blog Action post (go see Steve Todd’s post). I thought I would just tell my story. I grew up in Northwest Florida. My father got out of the Air Force as a conscientious objector when I was 5 years old, right at the end of the Vietnam Conflict.

Design for Emotion and Flow

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We create software and websites to display and represent information to people. That information could be anything; a company’s product list, pictures of your vacation, or an instant message from a friend.

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Q-tools: An approach for discovery and knowledge work

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What is information design? And in a world where, slowly but surely, everything is being translated into, and expressed as, information, how do you begin to think about organizing the massive amounts of information we’re generating every day?

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Prototyping with XHTML

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Illustrations by Leah Buley If you design user experiences for standards-based websites and applications (i.e. those built with XHTML , CSS, and JavaScript), there are several great reasons for adding XHTML prototyping to your UX tool kit.

Why PowerPoint rules the business world

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A CALL FOR VISUAL LITERACY. In many organizations, the beginning and end of any business activity is marked by the PowerPoint presentation. In the early stages of an initiative, PowerPoint is used in strategy sessions, to present proposals and put forth plans. Later, it's used for updates and progress reports. In the final stages, it's used to report back and to present findings and conclusions. PowerPoint is everywhere, and it shows no signs of going away anytime soon. Why is it used so broadly?

The half of knowledge, is knowing where to find knowledge

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This quote (&# The half of knowledge, is knowing where to find knowledge&# ) is inscribed over the doors of Dodd Hall at FSU. Apparently no one knows who actually said this , but it seems very applicable to the conversation about the importance of the network in connectivism. Authored by gminks.

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Dave Gray » How to draw a stick figure

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Forms, fields and flows

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In this short video (about seven minutes) I introduce some basic principles of visual language: Forms, fields and flows. I think of this as the “alphabet&# of visual language. This set of principles is the primary set of marks you need in order to create visual meaning. Did you like this? If so, please consider buying me a coffee

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Getting a Form's Structure Right: Designing Usable Online Email Applications

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I started writing this article with an emphasis on the financial domain. I then realized that I would like to broaden the focus because my findings are also applicable to a general domain like email account registrations, for example.

How to draw a car

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Part of my exploration of visual literacy is looking at how we might teach people to express themselves visually. Part of this is learning how to draw simple objects. This video shows how you can draw a car using very simple shapes. Did you like this? If so, please consider buying me a coffee

People Finder: Searching Without Logic?

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One of the most frequent tasks on many intranets is finding people within the company. Providing an effective way to search people is thus a key goal in designing intranets.

Building the UX Dreamteam - Part 2

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As we discussed in “part one&# :[link] the skills in research, information architecture, interaction design, graphic design and writing define the recognized areas of User Experience design. However, there still remains much to discuss about what makes a UX team dreamy.

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Applying Turing's Ideas to Search

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2008). Here’s how the game works: You’re on your computer, instant messaging away. One IM session is with a real person and the other is with an artificial intelligence (AI) program that’s designed to pose as a human being by using a casual conversational tone.

User Experience Week

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UX Week Keynote Discussion – Peter Merholz and Don Norman UX Week 2008 kicked off with an on-stage conversation between the President and founder of Adaptive Path, Peter Merholz , and industry legend Don Norman.

The whirl

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I talk about some of the cognitive challenges of the information age, and why visual language is an important tool for dealing with them. Did you like this? If so, please consider buying me a coffee

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Connecting Across Borders

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I will be speaking on a panel at this day-long conference to be held in New York on 13 May 2008. For more information and to register visit www.bdionline.com/globalcommunications and use promo code BDIEB to receive a discounted rate of $295 before April 15, 2008. Tuesday, May 13, 2008.

Some rules for effective business communication

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Here are some basic rules of communication that could improve communication flow in a business. Some of them are fundamental "rules of engagement” that could set the overall tone for a company. Others are specific concepts for categorizing and measuring communication flow. The idea is that the link between communication and action can be measured and reported. We do this for financial and product flows: Why not do it for our communication?

Quick Turnaround Usability Testing, Part II

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In Part I , I discussed how to make the first three steps of Quick Turnaround Usability Testing (QTUT)—Sales & Kickoff, Recruitment, and Preparation—as short and efficient as possible. In Part II, I discuss the final two steps: Testing and Analysis & Reporting.

Will the promise of being in a “sexy, hot� field attract more kids to tech?

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Here is the tweet that started it: That twitter conversation was sparked by this Details article about the so-called Playboys of Tech (my daughter calls these sorts of guys hipsters…). Chrissie was annoyed that there are never any articles about hipster tech women.

More on Learning Through Blogging: What Readers Think

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I attended Penn State's 2008 TLT (Teaching & Learning with Technology) Symposium in March 2008 as a requirement for a graduate class I was taking, entitled "Disruptive Technology in the Teaching & Learning Process."

Your New Excuse to Get an Xbox

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Games are fun, addictive, beautiful, and immersive. Websites, for the most part, are not. Take a moment and think about what video games look like, what they sound like, the way you can move on the screen, what “you&# can be. Think of how you feel when you play and who you play with.

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Need a Jolt of Innovation in Your Company? Just do a Rube Goldberg

Bennett Cherry

The famed design firm, IDEO, has recently released a video of their Incredible Ideo Global Chain Reaction Experience.

Flowmaps and Frag-Grenades, Part 1

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By any measure, Halo 3 is one of the most wildly-successful consumer software interfaces in recent memory: more than 1 million players played the game in its first 24 hours on Xbox Live; over 8 million copies sold to date; and “over 100,000 pieces of user generated content being uploaded daily [.] 30 percent higher than YouTube on a daily basis.&# It’s probably safe to say that more cumulative man-hours have already been spent in Halo gaming lobbies than in Microsoft Word!

Sean of AddsYou.com "visited" our class

Bennett Cherry

It's likely that you haven't heard of this site yet, but I'm guessing you'll be hearing more and more about AddsYou.com in the coming months as they near their alpha release in late November 2008. Sean Callahan, one of my former students at Cal State San Marcos, is on his 4th entrepreneurial venture, AddsYou.com.

Blogging for Learning–Using Quotes

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This week on Work Literacy , we’re exploring how to use blogs for personal learning and as part of more structured formal events with learners.

Blogging for Learning: Blog Challenges

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This week we’re exploring various strategies for using a blog to support personal and formal learning as part of the Work Literacy course’s focus on blogging. Today we’re going to discuss running a blog challenge. What is a Blog Challenge?

The Rhizomatic Model of Education - Week 2 CCK08

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I am marking up the article “Rhizomatic Education - Community as Curriculum&# in diigo at this URL. My two biggest thoughts: This article talks alot about construction. I thought connectivism was not about constructing?

Liveblogging Instructional Design for the Semantic Web

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Presentation was by Reuben Tozman President of EdCetra Training. He started with Father Guido Sarducci's 5-Minute University, based on what people remember 5 years after they graduate from college. Response to this is Personalized, Just-in-Time, Performance Support Training.

A Dream: Learner-Centered Professional Development for Growth

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One of my favorite Steve Jobs stories is the one he told during this Stanford Commencement address a few years ago: Seventeen years later I did go to college.