Conference programme - abstracts of all the papers and posters
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:
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...
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
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.
designfeast.com -- 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.
via an old article by Nate Burgos in LiNe Zine (which I had linked to back in March 2002)
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
- 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...
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.
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
Phenomenology and Digital Information
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
If I were a NetHack
this is kinda worrying, maybe I'd rather be a
If I were a
Technology can make you fat: February 10, 2003 issue of New Thinking by Gerry McGovern
!! spot on !!
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."
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
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.
therouteItook (to this):
An entry on the recently returned bbj
Their map is not the territory.
led me to a
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?)
Recently linked to my Amazon.com: 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 BlogTree.com - HyDeSign