In Situ Computing [pdf] wendy e. mackay

pbf tube map re#ed [via kottke]

posted this (ages ago) to the wrong blog - I wish the pop-up blogger thing could change the order of my blogs so HyDeSign comes first...

Ummed and Arred about this (not for long tho...)

Don Norman's private files -- at /ED_Draft All the chapters from the Don's forthcoming Emotional Design book - in draft form (warts and all) - surely if something is private it should be p/w protected so only 'authorised' people can get to it - just delete the url to the chapters that are being promoted and hey presto - just too tempting I am afraid Don - but as I don't get many hits I guess not many people will see this and they'll have to fork out the dosh - I leave it to others as to wether they link to this or not ¿

New Methods for Designing Experiences - Nathan Shedroff

From the new book:
Design Research: Applied Exploration of People, Culture, Context, and Form - Brenda Laurel (editor) ISBN 0262122634

flash site which displays the work of ladislav sutnar - which is nice - in support of an exhibition in Prague. It is worth spending some time on the top pane - for example the orange (monotone) images can be seen in full-colour detail if you click rather than simply roll-over the titles - this also displays the detail. The timeline pane is not brilliantly usable - mainly due to the screen space it uses (some of the entries you have to scroll a long way down to read - but in conjunction with the top pain works quite well. There are also text scroll bars that were not immediately apparent (probably just me). [props to Clare Carey from the InfoD-Café]

attn. recently grabbed by
** Unintended Use ** The 'Public Sphere' Designed by the Public
by Erik Stolterman

Beyond Use and Design - The dialectics of being in virtual worlds (ResearchIndex) abstract: "Through a technalysis of a group of designers constructing a three-dimensional virtual world we suggest new concepts for understanding our relationship to information technology. By conceptualizing information technology as the organizing structure for social interaction and regarding it as an influential mediator and moderator of human experiences, we arrive at a new perspective that reaches beyond the traditional dichotomy of use and design. In our analysis we attempt to show how being... "

Related: Beyond Use and Design - The dialectics of being in virtual worlds (ResearchIndex)

Empires of the Mind [recipr]

good to see a wiki all about Interaction Design Patterns

Graphic Design USA - Feature Archives
including 15 Trends Taking Shape In Logo Design

Material Matters: Aspects of the past and futurology of the book by Paul Duguid
which I found alongside
STOLEN KNOWLEDGE by Paul and John Seely Brown [via BBJ] whose SLofI I have liked to many times - just brilliant

I now have my own profile page on GUUUI - the Interaction Designers Coffee Break - shame I can't add any more postings though... :(

Also good to see Henrik has responded to my comments about the GUUUI search too :)

ß Ë ÿ G Ë ™ a: [programming ensemble]<<<<<<<<

[via: matlock test]

for some great comments on real life security - AskTog: Security D'ohLTs - hope the url doesn't break like it has elsewhere because of the apostrophe (yes - I now have right click iespell checking installed - tres necesare)

Object Lesson: Disconnected Urbanism | Metropolis Magazine | November 2003: "Disconnected Urbanism
The cell phone has changed our sense of place more than faxes, computers, and e-mail."
Why the mobile phone means a place is not a place anymore. I couldn't agree more. From a piece by which mirrors the stuff about fimiliar strangers very nicely.

No real reason for linking to Matt - apart from I really like his site, the way is looks/works and the abundant title text - it is funny not to be actually visiting a lot of blogs nowadays as I get to most of them (that I visit regularly) via bloglines - though it is weird that on some of them the inline links do not appear... On to the reason for this post. I think I am going to separate my links into reception channels (email-bloglines-web-other) - which reminds me I must update them to include DigitalWeb mag - don't know how I forgot... Interconnected: Matt is "Curious. Sites that spam referrer logs with the addresses of fake weblogs." I have found this happening occasionally on HyDeSign too - but thought it was a bug r/t something malicious going on... I wonder¿

one of the currently popular articles on HBS Working Knowledge: Innovation: Einstein You’re Not—and Don’t Have to Be - interesting read about how it is not solutions to old problems but new functions that may provide solutions to previously unknown problems that should be searched for
two battersea powerstation image sites photography gallery

the power station looks like it will live on albeit with a slightly different form and function

been here before - can't remember when - there's still NobodyHere - not-likely [via danah]

Interesting archived edition of Thinking Allowed (or aloud) on Six Degrees of Separation [ram]

And i must listen to Tony Benn Think(ing) About It - it being Lifelong Thinking [ram]

both via Chris McEvoy's excellent (previously linked to - of course) BBC Radio 4 A to Z which is part of the Usability Views timeline of articles

Spy: Writing: Design by or for the people? (Guardian Online) funnily, this matches something i wrote today, albeit a lot more briefly :)))

just a bit of simple reciprocal linking judith meskill's knowledge notes...

the route i took
visuos: A Visuo-spatial Operating Software for Knowledge Work
which i linked to the other day [via UsabilityViews]

[visuos] Book/System information site

[dr. clemens lango] author's site

[Interaction Design: between hardware and software] article by clemens lango

[Mihai Nadin] clemens lango's ph.d supervisor

who is behind [Creative Environments] phew... better stop there I think

watching (well mainly listening) to Tom Zimmerman from IBM Almaden Research talking about his Motivations for Invention

from the [CS547 Human-Computer Interaction Seminar]

and Tom mentions a few time the [exploratorium] which has some brilliant interactive exhibits - but much better actually being there - I was amazed to see I hadn't linked to after our trip to San Fran back in - I think I only linked to some of the f~art we'd seen

tom friedman
soap and pubic hair

missed the stream from Ivrea SYMPOSIUM ON FOUNDATIONS OF INTERACTION DESIGN today - but am going to make sure I am watching tomorrow - there is also an Ivrea Intersections Blog best post is by purselipsquarejaw - with some interesting links about Pelle Ehn"] whose links I followed to cultural usablity [thanks to BrightlyColoredFood for the pointer - via -gottta give it another plug- bloglines]

The Political Compass
Measured mine as:
Economic Left/Right: -8.12
Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.74

So, as I'd gone to the bother of taking the test, I thought I'd better plot myself

what kind of social software are you?

just looked at the ppt from this cityofsound: Adaptive Design Presentation by Dan - really like the Planes / Longevity matrix. Loads of great related links too.

nice to see there is now some content on eye | critique A community of bloggers By Rick Poynor
"Some of today's most intelligent, entertaining and well written design commentary is being published on blogs"

Design Observer: writings about design & culture by Michael Bierut, William Drenttel, Jessica Helfand and Rick Poynor *wow* [via bbj]

interesting 'special' on BogieLand Nov. 2003 - The Document Triangle a mention of Roger Schank reminded me of e4e which I don't think I have ever linked to b4¿

Interaction Ivrea: SYMPOSIUM ON FOUNDATIONS OF INTERACTION DESIGN (12-13 November 2003) ~can't wait for the results of this to be published. Great line up of participants including: Yrjö Engeström, Thomas Moran, Donald A. Norman, Gillian Crampton Smith and Bill Moggridge (to name just the one's that I am already aware of...)

some cool imagery Jason Salavon - Selected projects

apropos of nothing 0format :)

BlogmapperTM- map your blog and blog your map
~wouldn't this be a great idea for a community blog? you could have different icons for different types of entries (graffiti, haunts, rubbish dump, etc.)
i must check some of Matthew Chalmers's papers (not just his review of where the action is). He is Reader in Computer Science and Research Co-Director of the (newly formed) Kelvin Institute, probably

brilliant idea - yet to be fully executed - but it is a start Geowiki - wanted to add some stuff about nunhead - but the map doesn't show the area in detail, so have nw way of knowing where to click...

Untitled Document
"Inside 'Time for Change'
conversation between
Clement Mok
President-emeritus AIGA
GK. VanPatter
Co-Founder, NextDesign Leadership Institute
Partner & Co-Founder, UnderstandingLab

Mok has a quote on the back of a great looking new book too

E-patents: Write to your MP today
-- or the software industry gets it!

so you had better

via: NTK

where I saw this, "We start with a package of MS Office training," says Mahmood
Zahir, information and communication technology programme
assistant for the [Afghanistan UN Development Programme],
"where we teach our students an introduction to computers -
Windows XP - and then Word, Excel, PowerPoint...",3605,1063619,00.html

which came as no surprise---

a new blog at smg, could be worth watching? wonder if there'll change the MT template soon :) (i thought I could add my own links)

their second post: sociable thinking: CB: The Usenet of the 70's? ~this is something I was thinking just the other day, having thought about the jargon of blogs, which I think PeterMe brought up...

Trash Your Desktop
"Chandler [...] takes the core functions of [...] personal information management programs and integrates them with the rest of your PC and the Internet. All the information you need to complete a given task or project is grouped on-screen, organized around the one function—e-mail—Kapor sees as the central conduit of our electronic lives.
[...] its logical context—displaying all related items together—and not in the separate folders and application windows of the traditional desktop computer system, you can think of it as a new way into your computer."

it seems there are interesting parallels between Chandler and ZOË

a recent note by Matt[IC] A_clarification_of_cyberspace.txt

which I found having read his ETCON_Glancing_proposal which has just been accepted.

there is more detail on Glancing from the previous months 2003_notes

who needs multiple rss feeds?
simply visit (or subscribe to the rss of) Usability Views - Usability with a twist and get the top content (I asume not everything makes it on), from the top sources, all in one place! That's what I call useful.

a sample of todays UV links:
Web wizards weave their magic
visuos: A Visuo-spatial Operating Software for Knowledge Work
The Devils in the Wireframes

some stuff to restore Human Connectedness

I must try and dig out this! I just hope I have it still...

Communications of the ACM [archive]
Volume 45 , Issue 4 (April 2002)
Supporting community and building social capital

CS547 Human-Computer Interaction Seminar
[streaming videos of this years lectures]
includes Bill Moggridge of IDEO on Designing Interactions his forthcoming (in errrrr.... 2005) book supported by a DVD which will have video interviews with various experts in the design field

upcoming are:
Howard Rheingold on, of course, smartmobs and Michael Slater of Adobe

last terms videos are still available (which I linked to before)

Communication Arts: Interactive winners just announced

Non-Traditional UI: Special Issue of HCI editted by Paul Dourish and Tom Moran [2001]
from ICS 280: NonTradUI (spring 2001)

--for some reason bloglet sent out an unpublished (test) post yesterday - so excuse the non-sense (if you got it)

am amused by all the navel gazing going on ammoungst the blogging fraternity - are 'we' like DJ's - part of a tribe - or simply loud mouths?

Just a quick namecheck (and link of course) to bloglet - which seems to be working very well - sends a reasonably nicely formatted digest as html mail (so you don't miss the title pop-ups - as you do in some email-blogs - or even the links as you do in bloglines :-(

So if you wanna not have to come back here then why not subscribe - add your email to the text box on the left and 'hey presto' (I'll be waiting to see if you do... ;-)

pbf (rollover for explanaition) - when a link is not a link
s k e t c h y   a n i m a t i o n [this and previous Alien Invasion via b3ta]

please watch this!

matt's got great links (and comments - of course) about:



the Extended Mind

Doors of Perception:In the Bubble The thermodynamics of cooperation [September 2003] This is the text of [john thackar's] closing keynote talk at the European Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Work, Helsinki

v. interesting comments about e-mail v. group spaces by clay: Many-to-Many: Ozzie on Us on Email
on the recently discovered many-to-many current guest editor is danah boyd ~who I should contact

(what happens to editted posts, in terms of bloglet, I wonder)

Ward's got a blog!
(of sorts - only three posts from quite a while back)
- must check out his neighbours

Half Sisters ~a brief 'conversation' about namespaces (clashing)

"I thought I'd mention why I don't do hierarchy on my wiki.
I see wiki as a place where people work out the names of things that they will say. Since our spoken vocabulary is small, we must struggle to find words that carry value commensurate with the space they consume in our brains. Where works collide in wiki they will also collide in our thoughts. Usually that is a happy circumstance. "

IBM Research | Watson | Cambridge | Visualizing Large-Scale Discussions: "This project aims to identify the kinds of information we need to capture about discussions and the people who participate in them, and how to visualize the information in ways that would support large-scale discussions."
~very relevant to what I am about to plunge into *splash*

from 'the worlds knowledge' (at the BL)
Turning the Pages on the web including recently Leonardo Notebook
- interesting from a usability perspective - uses a drag (psuedo 3d) page turning gimmick which is a bit of a pain (to say the least) - so much easier to just click, or even use the keyboard! [ala thisisamagazine] (you could even show the animation of the page turning - or alternatively trigger the turn with a smaller movement) - I have seen this technique somewhere else recently, where it seemed to work more smoothly and to better effect, but cannot remember where...
- the contents interesting though (in L's reverse mirror writing - which can be reflected and maginified)

listening to the brilliant afternoon play
Find Me - by Matt Bloom.
Set in 2020. Mary has to travel to Sydney for her son's wedding and reluctantly decides to use the new Matter Transportation machines that have overtaken aeroplanes as the main form of global transport. But an error occurs during the process - with terrifying consequences.

...but must remember to record the
The Curious Life Of Robert Hooke ~inventor, engineer, architect and maverick scientist - collaborated with Christopher Wren on the rebuilding of London after the Great Fire. Hooke was a major figure in the seventeenth century intellectual and scientific revolution.
- but only a few days left... - a video weblog by aisling kelliher who's publications you can read

new article on GUUUI - Balancing visual and structural complexity in interaction design "For people with little experience in interaction design it's tempting to equate visual simplicity with usability. But there is more between heaven and earth than meets the eye. The Q4 issue of GUUUI takes a look at some common pitfalls, where studies have proven that what appears to be simple isn't always what is easy to use."

think I have set up the bloglet thing now - see subscription box on the left - but as I am not sure exactly what it is supposed to do, thought I'd better test it - hence this post (so sorry for the waste of space)

didi's Mind'Space commisioned by MoMA - which incorporates some interesting ideas about tangible computing +






- rather, discover what the tasks you should be analysing are, by talking to the people who are performing them - so the task is context specific - i.e. listen to the user first!

from the latest Good Experience Newsletter

Selected Readings in Computer-Mediated Communication, Communication Theory, Computer Networks, and the Internet
Author: John December Date: 21 October 1993

from Tom Erickson's bookmarks

why pay $6 for this from Amazon - when it seems to be available for free? Google Search: Communities of Practice: The Organizational Frontier but maybe it isn't the same version? - t'was mentioned in the latest InfoFlow

Ramana's Information Flow 2.8 ~~ August 2003 ~~ RSS Reeds and Email Newsletters makes interesting reading and includes his: 49 Classics cont.

Jason ( reckons the result of switching blogger pro features to the standard version will result in Free as in stagnation - not sure if his arguments stand up to scrutiny but I for one will be pleased if blogger improves a bit ;-) And re. my last post, does that mean I'll get a working RSS feed???

Demos - Goes CreativeCommons: "To mark our tenth anniversary, Demos has created an online archive of our publications which can now be accessed free on our website. All new publications will also be available to download. We believe that an 'Open Access' approach to our work and our knowledge will help our ideas travel more quickly and more widely."
~if only there were more 'think tanks' who behaved like this.

One of their recent publications is "Open Source Democracy: How online communication is changing offline politics" which is listed as being forthcoming, however.... on the boingboing site there is this link to it - so who knows what is going on???

For the first time in ages, I checked the egroup page and discovered that there have been some two-hundred odd subscription requests to HyDeSign - however none of them seem to have resulted in a subscription, which now stands at 58 - though 38 are bouncing ;-) So, I can either asume that these are fake requests or that the egroup system is still up the creek...? Eitherway, it would be good to know if it is working in some shape or form. So, if you have managed to subscribe, or haven't for that matter, then please drop me a line to I can then add you manually - I was going to trawl through the subsriptions requests but I am only allowed to add 10 people at a time so thought better of it :)
Alternatively, you might want to subsribe via Bloglines - though as I am using a free RSS service it doesn't seem to work very well either. Also, if you know of a better RSS system than MyRSS let me know (seems it was last updated on 4 Mar 2003 !!!) - so not hard to beat... The other problem seems to be that I cannot change the RSS uri on the bloglines system...
I had thought of pointing to the blogex feed - but that shows who has linked to me...
Just came across so may give this a try... ¿we'll see?

Patterns of Software the whole book [pdf] by Richard P. Gabriel ~powerful stuff

create your own (version) of the BBC - Radio 4 PLAY - Dark House

great listing of Radio Programmes relevant to usability - with links to audio etc. [via cityofbits]

your own City Creator - kinda like a personal habbo hotel - if only you could allow people to live in it once you had built it... [via cityofsound] (Dan has a couple of new colleagues - should result in some interesting stuff - congrats matt and tom!!

from DIS'2002 papers
Adaptive Design
Thomas P Moran

" Why are there no 'usefulness designers'?

[...] adaptation activity is another form of design, the pervasive everyday design that people do for themselves - the most authentic kind of designing.

[...] there is an architecture (in the systems sense) of adaptive systems and strategies for supporting adaptive design, such as providing 'underspecified room'
for adaptation and modular components.

Our field of design, in the broadest sense, needs to embrace and leverage the vitality in the everyday adaptive design of people."
OLD but worth checking Dialog on Leadership: Lucy Suchman Interview alongside loads of other leaders¿ [not via cityofsound whose link I have fixed ;)] but ~ chocker

Shocked to see how much time I spent blogging a year ago >>> 2002_09_01_HyDeSign

some good links there though (still)...
one I haven't visited for ages (since then probably) is decafbad - where I noticed The Hundred-Year Language

what a superb film and a nice trailer too Les Triplettes de Belleville - Un film de Sylvain Chomet go see it!
- shame it doesn't come up on a search....

great to have found it! cityofsound:was Busted here's why it was down - there are so many people still linking to the old page...

Brilliant essay by Clay Shirky: Fame vs Fortune: Micropayments and Free Content

"These systems didn't fail because of poor implementation; they failed because the trend towards freely offered content is an epochal change, to which micropayments are a pointless response."
"...the act of buying anything, even if the price is very small, creates what Nick Szabo calls mental transaction costs, the energy required to decide whether something is worth buying or not, regardless of price."
"...creators are not publishers, and putting the power to publish directly into their hands does not make them publishers. It makes them artists with printing presses. This matters because creative people crave attention in a way publishers do not."
"The interesting questions are how far the power of the creator to publish their own work is going to go, how much those changes will be mirrored in group work, and how much better collaborative filters will become in locating freely offered material."

Dave Murphy's ITinfo is back, now in the form of a web log. T'is worth keeping tabs on this as Dave has some insightful comments about the industry - and not just to do with IT training. Check out the archives (dating back to 1997) to judge his track record.

My write-up of DIG is the last on this page of FM Reviews. The IAwiki page mentioned - but not linked to - is

Matt[IC] is at Hypertext'03 and is keeping /notes/2003/08/ht03 Great session this morning: next big thing

I have had quite a few people sign up to the YahooGroup list, but I have now added a link to Bloglines subscription service, as the YahooGroups list doesn't work particularly well ;-) So if you like to know when I add a post you now can. I haven't used bloglines myself yet so do not know how effective it is - maybe you could let me know what you think...

two top games that my little'un enjoys - both usability and longevity wise!
maisy's playhouse by and green eggs and ham (by Broderbund) - one of the great things about both titles is the audio which is subtle and tuneful enough to be repeated over and over again but to not become really anoying) - another is that you do not have to click and drag! - this is something that small children find pretty hard to begin with...

Currently the most read article from HBS Working Knowledge: Innovation: The Best Practices of Technology Brokers - has some useful advice re. design

From the latest first monday The Augmented Social Network - -

"This paper proposes the creation of an Augmented Social Network (ASN) that would build identity and trust into the architecture of the Internet, in the public interest, in order to facilitate introductions between people who share affinities or complementary capabilities across social networks. The ASN has three main objectives: 1) To create an Internet-wide system that enables more efficient and effective knowledge sharing between people across institutional, geographic, and social boundaries; 2) To establish a form of persistent online identity that supports the public commons and the values of civil society; and, 3) To enhance the ability of citizens to form relationships and self-organize around shared interests in communities of practice in order to better engage in the process of democratic governance. In effect, the ASN proposes a form of 'online citizenship' for the Information Age."

cannot comment as I haven't read it (yet) but looks to be discussing some interesting issues - in this issue there is also an article by Robin Mason from the OU

Some great photos from the museum of accidents - not as morbid as it sounds

another blog association tool - Blizg - Profile for HyDeSign

also nice to be getting hits again from Blogex

and some from search in guuui postings - just a shame the search isn't working as it used to :(

new info vis Interaction and Time

one from my e-food HBS Working Knowledge: Career Effectiveness: Audience Grabbers: Start With a Bang

- though written about presentations, alot of these seem to apply to online presentation too

1. Make it personal
2. Throw out a quirky fact
3. Put them on the edge of their seats
4. Draw a hypothetical scenario
5. Create a series of vignettes
6. Use a pertinent quote

Intro quote:

"A lightning roundhouse kick to the ribs, launched a millisecond after the referee's bark of 'Hajime! (Begin!),' had left me flattened, breathless, and endowed with fresh insights into the importance of seizing the initiative and thus control of a situation."

Practicing exactly what's being preached - pretty rare.

Twin Cities Design Celebration 2003: Typography Engine Controls

Accessible Odeon - Home: An accessible version of the Odeon website. Which provides nearly all of the information and functionality available on the official website - it fetches its information from their site so will always be as up-to-date as theirs - but is presented in a much more accessible way

Brilliant - wish there were more sites like this - sort of akin to Amazon lite

~am in the process of adding recent egroup subscriptions (or trying to)- sorry for the delay...

Urban75 ezine featuring bulletin boards, football, politics, useless games, Brixton info, panoramas, photo galleries, direct action, protest, rave, drugs info and more.
what all e-zines should be like fat chance!

got to this via a great post by dan (cityofsound) about of all things, the V&A art deco exhiibit

:: New Statesman: "From Rags To Riches: the case for better public spaces" a the lecture by Sir Stuart Lipton, chairman of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)

Am certainly going to listen to these >>>
NPR --> Search --> Criterion: national story project

Have just finished reading the book,
edited by Paul Auster,
which resulted from this project.

You can purchase it at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)- - True Tales of American Life

Whilst a guest on a national radio show in the USA, Paul Auster ]...[ requested listeners to send in their true stories, the only stipulation being that they were true, and short.

I found them all very moving, because of a strong feeling they were often very personal, but becasue there are so many of them, they become frustratingly forgettable......

What's important to measure on your website?: July 21, 2003 issue of New Thinking by Gerry McGovern

Particularly good Thinking about counting!

as soon as I had posted about pop-ups being stopped by the google toolbar the adverts on this page changed to be about pop-up stopers - I wonder what other key words might prompt them to change again...?

adi | Narrative Theory - how to tell good stories

Am always Looking For Hypertext Patterns of different sorts!
...looks kinda intriguing (I want pop-up spell checking - off to...)
:: Neil Clark on Noam Chomsky : "The charge of both anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism is regularly made by propagandists of the new world order against those who do not happen to share their enthusiasm for biennial invasions of sovereign states and the spreading of neoliberalism by B-52 and cluster bomb.
[...] however, is the inconvenient reality that some of the most outspoken opponents of their world-view are either American or Jewish, or very often both.
[...] the greatest of their number is Noam Chomsky, who has spent more than four decades warning of the danger that US imperialism poses to the peace and security of the world. "
" He may be widely disliked by establishment commentators, but through exposing unpalatable truths about the way his country is run and by reminding us that US military spending protects not US citizens but the interests of the big US corporations, Chomsky has done his country and the world an invaluable service. This, together with his pioneering work in linguistics, makes him one of the great thinkers of this or any other time. "

From a brilliant issue - A "dozen" Great Thinkers of our time - as oposed to In Our Time - which is just brilliant, this weeks was on 'design in nature' which tied in, weirdly with Matt[ic]'s post about the bee, shame it is the last one next week, on Apocolype! Though the whole series is archived so I could listen to the ones I missed...

Prompted by the recent alert box collumn here are two classic papers:

Information Foraging in Information Access Environments by Peter Pirolli and Stuart Card

The Design of Browsing and Berrypicking Techniques by Marcia J. Bates

...was wondering how I could get back my right click 'blog this' functionality - blogger (errrr. pyra) didn't even reply to my help email...

But having just installed the Beta google toolbar 2.0 - I now have a blog this button again - yippeeee Google Toolbar Help Index - it does all sorts of other clever stuff too (even blocks pop-up windows!)

Bridget Riley at Tate Britain, check the room guide for more images

something very different:

Bill Voila video artist, soon to have a major show at the National Gallery

my top email newsletters +
(or good-e-food)

NEW THINKING - Gerry McGovern's weekly thoughts

HBS working knowledge - all sorts of stuff, but often relevant to design

Adaptive Path Newsletter - the latest essay straight to your inbox

"NEC" - Clay Shirky's mailing list

NTK now - slightly off topic but def. worth checking


apropos of nothing

surprised to see this is still here alongside the one they couldn't use ;)

The HomeNet Project Publications

HomeNet is a field trial at Carnegie Mellon University whose purpose is to understand people's use of the Internet at home. Starting in 1995, we have provided families with Internet service and are carefully documenting how members of the family use online services such as electronic mail, computerized bulletin boards, online chat groups, and the World Wide Web.

The INTERACT 2003 programme [pdf] just arived in the post. I am hoping to attend, as it is within easy driving distance :)

This isn't listed on the ID events list...?

videos from ReBoot6 (via 37signals)
Ben Hammersley
Dan Gillmor
Tim O'Reilly

or yeah and
Jason Fried (from 37Signals)

some of the other links don't seem to be working which is a shame cause they looked interesting (social software, blogs - to name just two)

My First Book Review

I have started to collate some links from
Digital Information Graphics on the IAwiki
My review of DIG for FirstMonday will appear next month and I felt it (the book, not my review) was worthy of a companion link collection - and where beter than on a wiki - so others can do some of the work for me ;)

Grokking the infoviz
From The Economist print edition

"Information visualisation is about to go mainstream. While it may not be the killer application some expect, “infoviz” is going to help users to manipulate [*] data in wholly new ways"

* for my mind this should read comprehend or at a push interact with, rather than manipulate...

(can't recall for certain where I saw this, but am fairly confident it was Matt[IC] - as per...)

You can now (I hope) receive HyDeSign blog postings via email.

To subscribe:
or simply click on the links on the left. The yahoo group could also become a place for debate and discussions surrounding the links or subjects posted about...?
DIS'02 on the DL - but alas my access has been disabled :((( Some very interesting looking articles by Bill Moggridge, Tom Moran and Ben Fry (to name just three!)...

(Still) trying to configure Blogger to send my posts via email to the HyDeSign egroup - but not sure if it will work as yet - this post being a test really ;) I think email blogs are much better than having to visit them to check (surprised that people have bother to keep checking this blog - as it seems they have - my previous interFaces post making it onto InfoDesign - shame there was no link back to here ;-(

Currently listening to Robert Elms on LondonLive and recording various shows from the (via the BBC radio player) on ADSL is great - often better than FM reception was in London :-) Weird to keep connected whilst being somewhere sooooo different

Interfaces arrived in the post today - finally made it to me in France via snail mail forwarding.
At least it is ahead of the web :)

issue 52 contains an interview with J. Spool

Finally blogging again - thought I'd start with a referrer from today - amazed that I am still getting them given there has been nothing new for ages.

Anyway, t'is nice to see a blog focussed version of touchgraph browser - / visualneighborhood : hydesign

Shame the jar file seems to crash NS but I guess I had better upgrade from 4.7 ;)

tyler is one (watt?)

the sun is shining and I can sit in the garden listening to music - wow

here are a couple I am enjoying -
Moloko - statues
Aim - hinterland (which I linked to before - nice site!)

- some of which I purchased at Roots having eaten at the amazing Café Paradiso - if you can't visit, their brilliant coookbook is available online?

my work must be missing me - they have been very quick to remove any mention of me - but they can't get rid of the google cache :-))))

on Tuesday I finished at my awful job - yipeeeeeee

so I am job hunting like Matt[IC] but for different reasons - though currently do not have the lovely server space or fast connection I got very used to : - (

Saul Williams - Not in my Name -
Pledge of Resistance (DJ Spooky

(DJ Goo remix)

(Coldcut remix)

Saul Williams - Bloodletting

Saul Williams - September 12th

Saul Williams - Not in my Name -
Pledge of Resistance (original)

Astronomy Picture of the Day

particularly brilliant is

Free newsletter - HFI's UI Design Update on Web Credibility

Language and Global Communication:
A Five Year Research Programme

Emphasis will be given to the role played by transnational corporations in the global language and communication landscape, questioning to which degree and how their policies and practices result in linguistic and cultural homogeneisation and, when they localise, which elements are localised and which left unchanged, which factors (age, access, cultural factors etc) influence users’ attitudes to globalised and localised forms of language and communication and to the technologies and semiotic modes involved.

to mark my return (of sorts) - albeit delayed by the blooger down time

Haiku Error Messages
certainly not new but nice all the same


The Web site you seek
Cannot be located, but
Countless more exist.

Chaos reigns within.
Reflect, repent, and reboot.
Order shall return.

Program aborting:
Close all that you have worked on.
You ask far too much.

Windows NT crashed. I am the
Blue Screen of Death.
No one hears your screams.

Yesterday it worked.
Today it is not working.
Windows is like that.

Your file was so big.
It might be very useful.
But now it is gone.

Stay the patient course.
Of little worth is your ire.
The network is down.

A crash reduces
Your expensive computer
To a simple stone.

Three things are certain:
Death, taxes and lost data.
Guess which has occurred.

You step in the stream,
But the water has moved on.
This page is not here.

Out of memory.
We wish to hold the whole sky,
But we never will.

Having been erased,
The document you're seeking
Must now be retyped.

Serious error.
All shortcuts have disappeared.
Screen, Mind. Both are blank.

politics and freedom of information (or the lack of it)

The Memory Hole [rescuing knowledge, freeing information]

twinned with




Z mag

pbf rubbish monkey

amoungst all the scary shit - some light relief is needed

How Google Grows...and Grows...and Grows

Rule Number Three: Failures Are Good. Good Failures Are Better.


One of the twelve contestants IS NOT REAL. He or she is a fictional persona developed by one of the other eleven contestants. This fictional character is called the PUPPET, and the person pulling the Puppet's strings is, you guessed it, THE PUPPETMASTER.

Have just discovered that I am subscribed to the news feed of the café - via gmane - don't know how I did that - but I wondered whether I could also subscribe to weblog rss feeds in the same way ?

If anyone knows, please email me.

Why I Write / George Orwell

via: kottke

CS547 Human-Computer Interaction Seminar

really worth a watch!

Some top notch speakers, Introduced by Terry Winograd.

I am listening - and occasionally watching

judith says 'hard on'

phew, no pictures

a couple of old links about e-learning

the NODE: networking June 1999
Don Tapscott on the Future of Education. Don is a noted authority on new media and information technology and their implications for business, education, government, and society.

Online Teaching: The Delights and Dangers of Pseudonymity
from JCMC 4 (2) December 1998

Wabi Sabi

a memory crossed my mind from a great little book

elasticspace | Experience Design Reading, Books, Magazines, Resources
V. Comprehensive!

Forlizzi: Theories of Experience Our goal is to make experience accessible to designers -- to make our theory of interaction design live in practice, by allowing designers to conceive of designing experiences rather than designing products.

Also check out the theories and the resources sections

via: brightlycolo[u]redfood

How to get the most out of conferences - UIWEB.COM

Some really useful advice.

Particularly worth scrolling down to:
How to justify going to conferences

- -
some nice images here by Roger Hutchin's amoungst others

I went to a great talk by Patrick Sutherland at lunchtime, he is the curator of the exhibition which is on downstairs (which I linked to last week).

Patrick runs the Photojournalism course at LCP and his work in Spiti: the Forbidden Valley, is published in a book

HBS Working Knowledge: Organizations: Time to Treat Toxic Emotions at Work

Now I wonder why this caught my attention?

Technology Review: MIT's Magazine of Innovation
Word Bursts Reveal Hot Topics

Is something similar happening within the cmc world?
Matt (bbj) has a mention of something along these lines.

Cooper: Design Research: Why you need it " In addition, the time you spend up front understanding users and the domain will save time during the design and development process by reducing guesswork, re-work, and exploration down blind alleys. Knowledge is power, and empowering your design team with knowledge about your business goals, your technical boundaries, and your users will provide an extra edge in ensuring that your product isn't the one gathering dust on the shelf after the tradeshow."

Noah Grey wrote a piece of software called Greymatter, and with it helped the blogosphere take its first hesitant steps into the limelight. Then he kind of disappeared, and then he kind of came back again. Last week, he kindly agreed to spill his heart to WriteTheWeb - The heart of the matter
" I don't put much stock in the "personal publishing revolution" idea, though. To me, it isn't so much a new revolution but merely a new way of doing something very, very old. I believe that perhaps the most defining element of who we are - the element that most makes us human - is the fundamental need to express ourselves in the best way they can; something which goes back not only to the obvious pre-web ancestors of this medium (Montaigne, Samuel Pepys, even St. Augustine), but really, to the first time one caveman (or woman) called others together around the proverbial fire and said, this is what I saw, and this is how I felt about it."

spot on!

Marc Prensky's writings Including various chapters from Digital Game-Based Learning. Not sure about the underlying ethos, but some of his ideas seem plausible...

Better read it properly I guess :)

Matt's upsideclown: [in a] Climax state

" I sit on a bench and watch the beauty in people's faces. Deep wrinkles on old men, and bright eyes with keen faces walking by. Above the people and the concrete is a slate blue sky, cold, impassive and clear. I can feel the pace of my heart beating. In glorious London around me, it's reflected, and I can feel also the pulse and energy of London inside; London is my brain, in society, reflections of crowds in our turmoil, of its variety in the rainforests, in the cosmos. One and the same, infinite recursion. "


Shirky: Social Software and the Politics of Groups

Which looks at how
Social Software Encodes Political Bargains
and Identifies that there is little
Testing [of the] Group Experience

But the most interesting (for my mind) is the notion of Bariers:
"What kind of barriers work best?" Most groups have some sort of barrier to group membership, which can be thought of as a membrane separating the group from the rest of the world. Sometimes it is as simple as the energy required to join a mailing list. Sometimes it is as complicated as getting a sponsor within the group, or acquiring a password or key. Sometimes the membrane is binary and at the edge of the group -- you're on the mailing list or not. Sometimes its gradiated and internal, as with user identity and karma on Slashdot. Given the rich history we have with such social membranes, can we draw any general conclusions about their use by analyzing successes (or failures) in existing social software?

Interview with Jacques Bertin

J. Bertin:
The use of computers shouldn’t ignore the objectives of graphics, that are:
- Treating data to get information.
- Communicating, when necessary, the information obtained.

UserFriendly Strip of the cartoon variety, not the tease

IT and Society (all full text & free) latest issue [3]
- is about Navigation and is edited by Ben Shneiderman, Jonathan Lazar, Melody Ivory

I am not sure about joking about something so damb scary but...
Mark does and he writes brilliant article in the NewStatesman

so what the...
Read my lips

Geometry Lectures
Thursday 13 March 2003 at 6pm (also streamed live (win or ram) and then archived)
Gresham College Venue: Barnard's Inn Hall

Harold Thimbleby on 'Designing anything: from Lego to mathematics'

Inside every complex gadget is a programming language. How are programming languages designed, and how should they be designed? What are the common design problems? A look at a range of programming languages: the language of Lego, the extraordinarily popular general purpose language Java, and the specialised mathematics programming language Mathematica.


tom friedman
soap and pubic hair


* * * B U B B L E S O A P * * *
is nice

Saw these two artists at
back xmas / new year 2001/2

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
Pablo Picasso

This is stuck on my fireplace with a fridge magnet...

Flow_Joshua Davis
“Asking questions is healthy, it enables us to clarify doubts and gain new information. Life should be more about holding questions then finding answers. The act of seeking an answer comes from the wish to make life, which is basically fluid into something that is more certain and fixed. This often leads to rigidity, close-mindedness and intolerance.
On the other hand, holding a question, exploring its many facets over time, puts us in touch with the mystery of life. Holding questions accustoms us to the ungraspable nature of life and enables us to understand things from a range of perspectives.

And I still don’t know what the hell I’m doing. "

We should all try and keep it that way !

and he going to continue this theme at sxsw interactive

"You know for a long time I have always believed in this idea of "releasing of control" and letting chance direct you - and there's something about young kids that is fantastic in terms of how they tackle problems and live life."

yes yes yes yes yes yes i agree

I am always looking for quotations and this site seems extensive.
Quotations & Quotes: Daily Quotation Server - Literature, Poetry, Science & Philosophy

Plausible impossibilities should be preferred to unconvincing possibilities.

Other Quotations by Aristotle

Building Communities with Software by Joel on Software.

Some interesting comments about how and why community software works.

You may have missed your chance to read this - as it is only available to subscribers it seems - but I guess you might be able to get Joel to send you the old post...

I am only an eighth (the spelling of that always looks wrong) of the way through this article and cannot wait any longer to pass it on. Maybe prompted by the title...

interdisciplines : The Future of Web Publishing : Back to the Oral Tradition Through Skywriting at the Speed of Thought

Some quotes that have already jumped out at me :)

'In an evolutionary competition, the symbolic "thieves" quickly out-survive and out-reproduce the honest sensorimotor "toilers," who must learn everything the hard way, from experience.'

'The child grounds his first word meanings through direct sensorimotor toil, the old way, and can then (in principle) acquire all the rest through symbolic theft, consisting of recombinations of his already-grounded symbols, rather as in the case of dictionary definitions.'

'So " cognitive barter " may be a better descriptor than " theft " for the adaptive advantage conferred by language.'

Designing for Aliens: What management guru and design advocate Tom Peters needs to learn about managing design By Darrel Rhea
"The key talent of great designers is having deep empathy for the people they design for. They intuitively understand how people experience products, services, communications, and environments. They care about the emotional and cognitive response these experiences evoke. This intuition and caring is enhanced by systematic inquiry into the nature of the human aspects of the problem and possible design solutions."

via: George Olsen on B&A

Matt says: I still don't know what it means to be in London. Thoughts on what it means to be somewhere - that I would argue is - special.

Genaside II put words into my mouth (head).

Appliance Design
Conference programme - abstracts of all the papers and posters

Humanising Technology from Doors7 on Flow
"It's what happens between the disciplines that matters" [Colin Burns, IDEO Europe]

Along side loads of great looking 'transcriptions' (surely they should be transcripts?) from Flow.

Sum Blues, 1999
nice to find someone else with a similar sad sense of word play

which is alongside
Musings on Information and Librarianship

Tiresias - SRU
Actually this page contains information about the RNIB's Scientific Research Unit. I think the usability of page titles (which often become bookmarks or maybe more importantly blog links ;) is something that is all too often overlooked. Sometimes what seems like the simplest thing to do is actually the hardest. Or at least to do it well consistently. I have complained probably too often to people about this -recently to InfoVisMag- maybe it is only something I think is important?

Two other pages of note from this site are:
Which Button?
Access Prohibited?
On this page I actually thought I couldn't see it cause my browser was too old. The significance of the question mark passed me by and I nearly resorted to accessing the text only version. The use of the phrase 'modern browser' on the link gave me the impression that mine wasn't - and this page was going to send me to a list of modern browsers. Yet again the simple matter of meaningful and unambiguous link text...

Finally added some stuff to my template - including some nifty title atribs.

InfoVis on War Let’s hope that the war can be avoided since, besides the truth, the main victim of it will be the Iraqi people, who have suffered too much already.

here! here!

since1968 ::? Interviews Benjamin Fry discusses dynamic information modeling and the intersection of aesthetics and

I have linked to Ben Fry's stuff previously - but don't think I have been to since1968 since... and certainly didn't blog it. There are loads of other great looking interviews - and I haven't looked at the book reviews yet...

some loosely related blogs that have recently caught my attention

Notes from the Blogsphere from six different ways

The 10 Habits of Highly Annoying Bloggers I think I score 10 out of 10.
I would point out that I welcome comments via the egroup - maybe I will highlight this. And that there is something 'about me' in my links - no?

Matt get links from here fairly often - so must be good go

Tom Coates on the_excesses_of_social_software

kasia in a nutshell


noise between stations

pastichio flavared ¿-> - and very tasty it is too

Two brilliant documentary photographers exhibiting in London town!

Exodus: Photographs by Sebastião Salgado


Roger Hutchings at the London Institute Gallery

This one is free. And contains unusual contrasts between the Bosnian War and Armani fashion shows.

I must taste some of Brendan Dawes > Headfood
T'is also worth checking the headshop

Brendan is speaking at Dust or Magic - I really hope I can go.

of soda constructions (you can then build your own)

which I was reminded of having read this old interview with Ed Burton in Amoda


great experiments and a very clever navigation plus history panel

MAD is where Erik Adigard works -- thoughts on design

sort of like the wall of pith - one that stood out:

Design is in everything we make, but it's also between those things. It's a mix of craft, science, storytelling, propaganda, and philosophy.
—Erik Adigard

via an old article by Nate Burgos in LiNe Zine (which I had linked to back in March 2002)

Vote for your favorite overall site for the "People's Choice" award.

I think I'll be voting for quasimondo's Flash Amazon Search

Not the Latest Bennett Cartoons: AOL Time Warner but very funny!

via .idleworm. who created the much linked to GulfWar2

and where I also discovered
mark fiore (more political animations)

I got to idleworm via Branden J. Hall's .waxpraxis.

In reaction to, yet another, very thought provoking post by Matt[IC] about Neurolinguistic programming, which is based on the notion that people are either visual, aural or tactile, in which he uses this as the basis for examining fashion trends and haircuts! There is an interesting parrallel with this to the notion of learning styles which was being discussed in the IDcafé.

Modal Navigation or Signal to Speed

Depending on the mode of transport you use, you will take:
- different routes
- receive (and be aware of) different signals
- travel at different speeds
and therefore
- see different things
(or at least see them from a different perspective - from a distance or only a fleeting glance)
- be able to do different things (stop, change direction, talk to others, etc.)

Providing different modes of transport through an online space/place could help different types of users to find what they are looking for. Or to put it another way provide different approaches depending on the needs or previous experience of the user (a new comer might prefer a guided tour and experienced user go straight to the overview - to see what is new or has been changed). This is similar to IAwiki's RoadMaps and the Nodes provided as a way to navigate through Engines for Educators - hy~lee™ recommended.

One could envisage the following modes:

Walking - slow, controllable, flexible
Taxi - (paid for) personal route, enhanced with specific (if not necessarily accurate) local information, access to areas that other aren't allowed into (bus routes), comfort, mode can be shared,
Bus - predetermined fixed route, with group of people,
Cycle - fairly fast, controllable, flexible (can deviate from prescribed routes and ignore certain restrictions ;), dangerous?
Motor bike - fast, dangerous, restricted view (because of the helmet)
Car - fast, limited flexibility, certain restrictions, unfriendly?
Tube - very limited view of environment (all about getting there not about seeing what is along the way)
Train - unique (if limited in other ways) view of environment, shared mode
Plane - high level overview, fast but inflexible (hard to turn), shared (if more exclusive) mode

This is (of course) not an exhaustive list. And there could of course be subsets of these - different bus routes, a mountain bike or a shared taxi ride.

The key to this is not only how you move round but what you see whilst travelling. Certain signals or levels of detail will be excluded or enhanced depending on the mode. A slow walk will show you all the detail (who wrote it, how long is it, when did they write it, what is it about) where as a fast biker will see only the long or highly rated messages or maybe the particularly active spaces…

I couldn't post this yesterday - as Blogger was down - I wonder if this was as I predicted a result of the all the Pyra-Google reactions and consequent attention...?

filtering, filtering - it's all about filtering - but more importantly (maybe) about finding the stuff that others have let slip through...

here is another article about Games Design - which came up top on my search for the previous post ;)

Went back to find a Tech Comm article I read a while ago and found I could access via
EServer TC Library: Articles: Information Design

scroll down to:
Learning from Games: Seven Principles of Effective Design
requires free registration - but it is worth it.

The other titles here look worth checking too.

Matt [IC] has written some interesting notes about the google purchase of Pyra - which runs Blogger - cause he couldn't get through to the blogger interface - I wonder if the two are connected ;)

There is a more news orientated piece by Dan Gillmor over at Silicon Valley dot com. And there are bound to be many more comments elsewhere.

I think this could put quite a strain on the blogger system for a while as this is bound to bring on the masses.

Imagination at Work!
fairly pointless but never the less sort of engaging (you need a graphics tablet really)

A special hyperconnected issue of JoDI [Journal of Digital information, volume 3 issue 3] Hypertext Criticism: Writing about Hypertext

Articles that stood out are:

Inappropriate Format][ing][: Craft-Orientation vs. Networked Content[s]

Misguided Search For Truth

Digital Magic

Phenomenology and Digital Information



political cartoons by Ken Sprague

here is my version of one his Ken's

Hawthorn Press have just published
Ken Sprague -- People's Artist by John Green

I think the stop the war march on Saturday may be pretty big

Space Shuttle Catastrophe the latest issue of InfoVis is very topical, but unfortunately does not show the graphic that really makes the point about how badly presented data can severly detract from the information being presented.

This contrasts with Tufte's version of the same data presented in a way which highlights that the disaster should have been prevented!

These are both from week two of
CS 422 User Interface Design & Programming

Which NetHack Monster Are You?

.... .)

If I were a NetHack
monster, I would be a water nymph. Relationships are more about what you get out of them, than what you put in. That
elven cloak really matches your eyes, you know.

this is kinda worrying, maybe I'd rather be a


If I were a
NetHack monster, I would be a mimic. I can be whatever I think you need me to be - it might look like I'm here to help you,
but really you're here to help me.

via Matt[IC]

Technology can make you fat: February 10, 2003 issue of New Thinking by Gerry McGovern

!! spot on !!

Viridian Note

By the time we send out our next Viridian Note, the United States may be at war. This is a sad and ugly historical period, so it's time for us Viridians to mindfully contemplate pretty things. Such action is a moral necessity. In the memorable words of Italo Calvino, in his beautiful book INVISIBLE CITIES:
"There are two ways to escape the suffering. The first is easy for many: accept the Inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of the Inferno, are not Inferno, then make them endure, give them space."

via BrightlyColoredFood

gladwell dot com / Group Think

Quoting from Jenny Uglow's new book, "The Lunar Men"
"They developed their own cryptic, playful language and Darwin, in particular, liked to phrase things as puzzles—like the charades and poetic word games people used to play," "Even though they were down-to-earth champions of reason, a part of the delight was to feel they were unlocking esoteric secrets, exploring transmutations like alchemists of old."

This is alongside many other interesting articles from Malcom Gladwell

via Ascription is an anathema to any enthusiasm

Paul Makepeace's Toys: Quotes "The day Microsoft makes something that doesn't suck, is probably the day Microsoft starts making vacuum cleaners."
-- Ernst Jan Plugge

Paul hosts grubstreet

knowhere or know here - real voices about real places

sort of a simple version of grubstreet

marc rettig's place
has his slides from a talk at AMC WebSig Chicago Oct2002, "Designing for Small Screens" (PDF, 1.4 meg) -- how life is different for web people entering the world of small devices.

This short presentation covers a lot of similar ground to Information Appliances and Beyond (there is an extract here) - which I think I will add to my mUdIa list.

The Pornograph

therouteItook (to this):

An entry on the recently returned bbj
Their map is not the territory.

led me to a
WriteTheWeb peice

Jo Walsh's Spacenamelondon

where this was a news item,
funily enough next to a piece by matt[IC]

this (of course) sent me back to


which I got to (yesterday) via the googletouchgraph below

(did you spot it?)

Bumble Being a great animation from the online sundance film festival [via goodexperience] -
where I also came across the long forgotten but still worth a lick superbad

Recently linked to my Listmania! mUdIa - multimedia design + InfoArchitecture on guuui - so I had better add something new to it one day...

Not only have my linked to sites increased a lot recently (about? 34 at present) which makes for a much more interesting google_touchgraph:

(I know I shouldn't be checking)
And I now have some siblings too - something that I don't have in real life so it gives a rather unusual but kinda nice feeling - HyDeSign