After almost two years, Redism will be closing on January 15th 2003.
Redism News Flash The site recently won an IPPA Award in recognition of its success as a creative forum and community.

amongst the many other politically designed information pieces at:

The following is a list of banner slogans from the recent Washington Demo Against the Wwar. Very funny and worth while - great examples of effective context specific InfoDesign. [Thanks to Jane from the ID café for this]

Bush does for Christianity what Bin Laden does for Islam
War Is A Dick Thing, Peace Is A Heart Thing
Draft The Bush Twins
Don't Mess With Mesopotamia
War Is SO 20th Century
When Bush Comes To Shove
Brains Not Bombs
Goddess Bless the Whole Wide World
George Dubya: Weapon Of Mass Distraction
Beat The Bushes For Peace
Weapons Of Mass Destruction: Look Under The Bushes
Drop Bush, Not Bombs
Bombing For Peace Is Like Fucking For Virginity
Evolve! Work For A Non-violent Future
If War Is The Answer, We're Asking The Wrong Question
Killing Innocent People Is The Problem, Not The Solution
Save America, Spare Iraq, Make Texas Take Him Back
Real Patriots Drive Hybrids
Small Print For Peace (on a teensy card held aloft on a stick like any
large sign)
Drop Names, Not Bombs
Who Would Jesus Bomb?
Stop Mad Cowboy Disease
George Bush Couldn't Run A Laundromat
Bush Is A Servant Of Sauron. We Hates Him!
Make Love, Not War
There Is No Path To Peace - Peace IS The Path
Justice Or Just Us?
Sorry Dubya - Have A Pretzel Instead
Pretzel - It Does A Country Good
Tame The Tyrant In The Mirror, Then The One In Iraq
Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld: Axis Of Weasel
Go Solar, Not Ballistic
Faster Trains Not Planes
Nonviolence, Not Nonexistence
A Village In Texas Has Lost Its Idiot
How Many Lives Per Gallon?
Make Alternative Energy Not War
How Did Our Oil Get Under Their Soil?
Out Beyond Ideas Of Right Doing And Wrong Doing There Is A
Field. I Will Meet You There. - Rumi
Regime Change Begins At Home
More MPGs, Less MIAs
Put The Peace Back In
No Hitting (held by young girl)
No Oilgarchy (Oilgarchy in circle with slash across it)
God Does Not Bless Only America
Rich Man's War Poor Man's Blood
Has Anyone Seen Our Constitution Lately?
What If God Blesses Iraq?
Born To Kill, Born To Drill
Let's Try Preemptive Peace
Our Grief Is Not A Cry For War
Books Not Bombs
If You Are Not Outraged You Are Not Paying Attention
Bush Is A Moron Don't Let Him Get His War On
Make Soup Not War
Honk If You're A Terrorist
Smart Bombs Don't Justify Dumb Leaders
We Have Guided Missiles And Misguided Men
Who's The Unelected Tyrant With The Bomb?
Peaceful Solution Not Daddy's Retribution
Make Tea Not War
All Humanity Is Downwind
My President Is A Psychopath
Relax, George
Fight Plaque, not Iraq (and the guy was carrying a toothbrush)

Some interesting publications from the Industrial Design Lab at the Uni of Delft
ID-Studiolab: Publications
Set me free, give me degrees of freedom
Interaction Relabelling and extreme characters: Methods for exploring aesthetic interactions

Two companies that publish top quality content for the betterment of the community:

Adaptive Path
whose partners include Jesse James Garrett, Peter Merholz and Jeffrey Veen


InContext (Karen Holtzblatt and Hugh Beyer) whose publications go back a long way, and who also have a community section with lots more interesting articles - primarily with a focus in contextual design - plus links to other resources.

more music

Beck video
Beck and the Flaming Lips audio or video

Billy Bragg and Ian McLagan

These are from Morning Becomes Eclectic a KCRM show where you'll also find an extensive archive of loads of other programs.

snap shots of pictograms, visual instructions, typography, and much more - with an interactive map showing where abouts they were captured

just published, belatedly, some (had to be editted) posts from yesterday...

so scroll on down - wonder how this effects the RSS? I wonder more whether anyone is receiving this?

check out: oh la la
a free font

Like this ~ animation_02: fragile


And some nice imagery (some interactive) by veronica bailey at installation18

both are students from the MA Communication Design show that is about to finish (on Friday) at the Mall Galleries - I went last night with Steve from the National Gallery who reminded me to check out Nykris who are currently working on the new micro gallery and a soon to be launched Titian kiosk for them.

Found it!

Ubiquity issue 44 contains chapter 5 pdf of:
Persuasive Technology: Using Computers to Change What We Think and Do (I was trying to find out where I had got it from).

BJ told me where to look, but I still couldn't find it.

It wasn't in book excepts, which would have seemed like the suitable place for it. And wasn't in the views section. It was well hidden in the book reviews. No, not in the main Book Reviews section (which only contains BRs from issue one) but by trawling back through the recent issues.

Wow - does Ubiquity need some ID fixes. When you go into Book Reviews for example - you lose most of the navigation links on the left hand side...

Oh yeah - it didn't come up on an ACM or Google search of the ACM site either...

Actually, stupid me, it was of course linked to from the all encompassing InfoD!

sit back and enjoy
by aim

was trying to find out where I got:

Computers as Persuasive Social Actors
chapter 5 of 'Persuasive Technology'
by B J Fogg
but I couldn't track it back down?

ended up finding
Seamful ubiquity: Beyond seamless integration
by Ian MacColl /Matthew Chalmers (Glasgow) and Yvonne Rogers / Hilary Smith (Sussex)

which is on the Equator project's ~ 'city wiki'

where a link wouldn't work so I was forced to go directly to Bary's site
to access one of the papers
that interested me
Brown, B. and M. Perry (2002) Of maps and guidebooks: designing geographical technologies. In: Proceedings of Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) 2002, London, UK. ACM Press
(on the wiki the link is swiffy)

Barry also has some pictures, including...


which it took me ages to be able to link to for some reason to do wtih spaces in thumbnail file names

finally went back to try and track down the B J Fogg book - and this led me to:
which is another area that interests me...
where I ended up emailing BJ himself to subscribe the UPDATE newsletter, so I asked him where I might have got it from...

More Ubiquitous

The Speakeasy Project

"The project is working in two directions simultaneously. First, we are developing a set of mobile-code based "patterns" for distributed computing. These patterns support discovery, sensemaking, and interconnection of components in a distributed world. Second, we are is looking at the possible user experience of such a future world of richly interconnected devices and services. This includes not only the user interface, but also issues such as security and sensemaking."
[my emph]

This page includes a pdf of:
Designing for Serendipity: Supporting End-User Configuration of Ubiquitous Computing Environments

"The future world of ubiquitous computing is one in which we will be
surrounded by an ever-richer set of networked devices and services.
In such a world, we cannot expect to have available to us specific
applications that allow us to accomplish every conceivable
combination of devices that we might wish. Instead, we believe that
many of our interactions will be through highly generic tools that
allow end-user discovery, configuration, interconnection, and control of the devices around us."
[my emph]

A List Apart: 10 Tips on Writing the Living Web

"People are fascinated by detail and enthralled by passion; explain to us why it matters to you, and no detail is too small, no technical question too arcane."

I'd better start then...

What we Talk about when we Talk about Ubiquitous



Mark Weiser and John Seely Brown
However this page is entitled:
"Bits flowing through the wires of a computer network are invisible; a “network monitor” is a tool that let’s those bits be seen. At SIGGRAPH 95, the largest computer graphics conference, a radically new network monitoring tool was introduced. It produce" which is actually the intro text to
Designing Calm Technology also by Mark and John

Mark's homepage is hoasted on the xerox PARC sandbox server along side Paul Dourish's (well worth checking)


Some notbale content from
ACM's Ubiquity Magazine (and forum)

Cherri M. Pancake on Usability Engineering

Product Language in Electronic Media Design
By Steffen Klein

Emotion and Affect
Don Norman on the value of beauty, fun and pleasure in design.

Need "Therapy" for Your "Information Pain"?Louis Rosenfeld helps organizations cope with their information architecture issues.


Nooface | Study Shows Keyboard Three Times Faster Than Mouse

Have added a comment:
speed: keyboard vs. mouse - context is key!
Which for some reason only scores 1 - I don't know what this means, maybe it is the reading level ;)

Just one of Jason Kottke's many great images:

Here is the full size Geographic Map of the Tube

Xavier Sala-i-Martin's Home Page


not sure about the use of this gif icon though

Philips Design NewValue Mag

T'is a shame about the gif quality demise

More on design and adaptation.
from f r e e g o r i f e r o | weblog

can't believe I haven't done this before, have been back on numerous occations

Anne Galloway | Purse Lip Square Jaw

recently on play, space and design culture

Updated this old post to the internet archive version:
Liquid File System

Just mentioned by Matt[IC] - I wonder is he culling my old sources?
I haven't been to NooFace for ages... Must go and check it out.

Technology Review - Creating a Culture of Ideas
Nicholas Negroponte says expertise is overrated. To build a nation of innovators, we should focus on youth, diversity, and collaboration.
Innovation is inefficient. [...] And innovative people are a pain in the ass.

I think I have RSS'ed this blog, via myRSS:

myRSS: HyDeSign Channel Information

But who knows. Not me, as I do not know how to access an RSS feed anyway. Matt asked if I had one, so was pleased when I came across this.

Working through Task-Centered System Design


Pithy Quotes on Usabilty and Design - STC Usability SIG
Two such:
The details are not the details. They make the design. ~ Charles Eames
The lyf so sort, the craft so long to lerne. ~ Geoffrey Chaucer

and IA Commonplace Book on the iawiki


Most humans, it seems, still put up fences
around their acts and thoughts — even when
these are piles of shit — for they have no other
way of delimiting them.
(Allan Kaprow)

from: Notes Quotes Provocations and Other Fair Use portal

along side:
daily operations

with its corresponding question:
to publish or not to. publish

all are under: conversational drift, informatic license, exquisite enclaves by jouke kleerebezem

going back in time a bit

'cause I always forget where this is - and cannot find it on the bogieland site (down to errrr. poor ID?)

there has been mention of the archive recently in the café, but these older threads seem to be the cream of the crop

InfoDesign Message Archive Discussion Threads

- Theory and Practice
- What Is 'Information Design' ?
- Design As Communication
- Shannon & Weaver Applied To Design
- Information Design For A Better World ?
- Multiple Representations
- Symbol Design
- Information Literacy / Advertising

these are all circa '96/97


I wonder if anyone has compiled something similar from more recent discussions? The only example I know of is the e-book design discussion that Conrad captured.


wow - what a line up - and all full text - or they were anyway (have been taken down - this was only slightly illegal)

The Web Design CD Bookshelf
- Web Design in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition
By Jennifer Niederst

- HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, 4th Edition
By Chuck Musciano and Bill Kennedy

- Designing Web Audio
By Josh Beggs and Dylan Thede

- Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide
By Eric A. Meyer

- ActionScript: The Definitive Guide
By Colin Moock

- Information Architecture for the World Wide Web
By Louis Rosenfeld and Peter Morville

ha - and I wrote:
(if only they were available as pdf or in a single file - but maybe this is asking for too much)

forkinsocket is a sketch blog

which was along side:
proce55ing pieces - which looks kinda like design by numbers v0.2

david lu's site at ivrea

via bbj

I took my time and finally got round to reading
Gerry McGovern's
Predictionss for 2003 from the January 6 issue of New Thinking
The principle of charging for data sent will begin to gain currency, as the global economy realizes how much spam, and other wasteful communication, is costing.

Which reminded me of something I said in one of my first blog postings.

when is a friend not a friend?

when you have no option about whether they can call you their friend

not that I don't want to be called helmut's friend, but it is the issue of whether someone else can determine this and the impact that this could have... if I do not agree with/like someone but they are happy to call me their friend - this may well say something about me that I would rather it didn't...

What got me thinking about this was I have been trying to take the reputation survey here
but it doesn't seem to be working :(
oh well - it is microsoft...

Brilliant interactive interface to the works of Philip Glass The IBM glass engine

From the The HCI Patterns Pages
here are the UI patterns workshop presentation slides from the 2002 IBM Center for Advanced Studies Conference by Paul McInerney (moderator), Jan Borchers (Stanford University) , Martijn van Welie (Satama) , and Kevin Mullet (REACTOR) - author of the top notch D of V I and the forthcoming Common User Experience: Cross-product Design for Web & Desktop Applications with Eric Solomon who wrote the intregingly titled Games with Pencil and Paper (which is really about games with pencil and paper - not an interface in sight)

Just one of the patterns from the Patterns of Interaction: a Pattern Language for CSCW

Multiple representations of information

Design For Dependability

Why Useful? Providing multiple representations of information allows for
complex activities to be broken down into more manageable tasks.
Different views provide for supporting different aspects of the activity.
When these are available to a small, collocated group this allows for
different members to work on different parts of the activity
simultaneously and to collaborate in solving more complex tasks. The
redundancy in the information and also the group can be useful in
ensuring the dependability of the system.

via bbj
SWR2 Audiohyperspace

Conversation between
Sabine Breitsameter:
What about the word "mental environment"? Wouldn't it be much more
descriptive than the word "space"?

Peter Anders:
Well, just keep in mind, that the space you experience is your mental
environment. You've processed it through your senses. That's the way in
which I experience life. I hope, as an architect, I'm not alone in that.
Because ultimately, the experience of space is the experience of being

Peter wrote Envisioning Cyberspace

Milestones in the history of thematic cartography, statistical graphics, and data visualization

starting pre-1600 with the Konya Town map

and finishing (strangely) with the infamous 'Minard's March on Moscow' graphic

this version is very dubious quality - below is a much better reproduction as found in the Tufte book

click to see full size version

via issues 110 and 111 of InfoVis (obviously)

Visualising the global village

this presentation was made by Paul Kahn and others at K+A for the TEDX 2000. Paul set-up Dynamic Diagrams back in 1990... his publications which also date back to then are well worth checking out.

Louise Ferguson - City of Bits Blog

Louise's site also contains details of forthcoming UX events in London plus some of her articles and presentations and of couurse links to (what seem to be) some very high quality categorised resources.