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.

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).

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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.

Working/Learning Carnival--September 2008 Edition

Boxes and Arrows

I got some great posts for September's version of the Working/Learning Carniva l. I'd hoped to have my own post ready to go by today, but that apparently will not be happening. Between getting myself ready for this week's Leadership Retreat and the Brandon Hall Innovations in Learning Conference next week, plus taking care of all the work that won't get done while I'm gone, I'm in a serious time crunch. My Working/Learning tip for the month is "learn when to say 'no.'"

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

Prototyping with XHTML

Boxes and Arrows

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.

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.

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

Boxes and Arrows

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.

People Finder: Searching Without Logic?

Boxes and Arrows

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.

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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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.

Quick Turnaround Usability Testing, Part II

Boxes and Arrows

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.

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?

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."

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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Your New Excuse to Get an Xbox

Boxes and Arrows

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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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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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

Boxes and Arrows

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!

Blogging for Learning–Using Quotes

Boxes and Arrows

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?

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.

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.

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

Structuring an Innovation Group for Internet of Things Opportunities

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Dan Ostrower answers the question: Do any of your members or partners have any thoughts on how to think about the integration process for the internet of things

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.

Do You Have a "Growth Mindset"? Are You Fostering Growth in Others?

Boxes and Arrows

From the NYT: WHY do some people reach their creative potential in business while other equally talented peers don't? After three decades of painstaking research, the Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck believes that the answer to the puzzle lies in how people think about intelligence and talent.

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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Quick Turnaround Usability Testing

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It starts with any number of scenarios: Design and development have taken too long to produce a prototype, you need to release in three weeks, and you suspect there may be design flaws. You are trying to incorporate usability testing into an Agile development process. Or maybe you simply want to pare down your process to make it shorter and less expensive.

Web 2.0 for Learning Professionals--First Module is Up

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The course is free and sponsored by Work Literacy and the eLearning Guild, from September 29 through November 7, 2008. Over at Work Literacy: Web 2.0 for Learning Professionals , the first module on social networking is up. We wanted to start with social networking because we're using Ning to run the course, but I will say that this is a BIG topic to cover right out of the gate.

Final Comment Challenge Voting is Open

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EDT on June 18, 2008. It's time for the final voting for the 4 winners in the Comment Challenge. The survey is here. Our generous co-sponsors, Cocomment and Edublogs agreed to support us in awarding prizes in four categories: The most comments on a wide range of blogs (not just the "top” edubloggers). The most high quality comments that thoughtfully reflect on the topic. The comments that provoke and promote the most learning. Student category.

Web 2.0 for Learning Professionals Coming to You!

Boxes and Arrows

The "course" is sponsored by Work Literacy and the eLearning Guild , in part as a run-up to DevLearn 2008. On Monday, September 29, Harold Jarche , Tony Karrer and I are opening the doors on a free 6-week learning event that will help people get up to speed on social media and how it can be used to support learning. But don't worry--everyone is welcome. Each week we will share new activities that will allow you to explore different Web 2.0

What’s New on Work Literacy: Social Bookmarking and a Webinar on Blogging and Reflective Practice

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Webinar on Blogging and Reflective Practice–October 14 We’re really excited to announce that Paul Lowe , Course Director, MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography, London College of Communication, will be conducting a li ve webinar for the Work Literacy Community on October 14, 2008 at 7 p.m. Week 2 of our Work Literacy course on Web 2.0 for Learning professionals has kicked off and this week we’re exploring social bookmarking.

Why We Call Them Participants

Boxes and Arrows

It was not an easy recruit. Directors of IT are busy people. Oddly, they’re hard to get hold of. They don’t answer calls from strangers. They don’t answer ads on web sites. The ones who do answer ads on web sites we had to double-check on by calling their company HR departments to verify they had the titles they said they did. And now this. “Hi! So we have some executives coming in tomorrow to observe the test sessions.&# This was the researcher phoning.

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What Does the Voice of the Learner Tell Us?

Boxes and Arrows

The Masie Center has just published the results of their most recent survey on how employees learn in 2008 and it's an interesting read. More people are learning independently in ad hoc, asynchronous fashion. "In a six-month period of time, 70% turned to reading, 58% searched the web and 58% participated in on-line e-Learning to gain new skills or information for their jobs." " I'm not sure if this a good or a bad sign.

Flowmaps and Frag-Grenades, Part 2

Boxes and Arrows

I’d like to talk specifics a bit. I’m sure there will be some readers at B&A who aren’t gamers, and probably even more who haven’t played Halo —so my apologies to those folks— but… describe in some detail exactly what you contributed to the finished product. When I look at Halo 3 , what ‘pieces’ of the experience did you work on?

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?