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Earthquakes

In 1923, Frank Lloyd Wright completed the Imperial Hotel, a building commissioned in Japan. In 1923, there was a 8.3 magnitude earthquake. The hotel survived.
earthquake-impreial

Wright was a midwesterner like myself, and had no experience with Earthquakes. When he arrived in Japan, that lack of familiarity was his strength; he passionately researched earthquake damage, and designed his hotel with multiple safeguards.

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Terms of Art for the Heart

A term of art is a word when used in a professional context has a very precise meaning. I’ve been reading a lot about game mechanics and theory, inspired by Amy Jo Kim’s terrific talk given recently at Linkedin. Right now I’m half-way through A Theory of Fun by Raph Kosterner. It’s an odd, rambling book, and most it is familiar to anyone who’s been doing interaction design for awhile. But I do notice that game designers talk about emotion much more than we do, and they are crafting new terms of art and taxonomies that could be useful to anyone doing interactive (and particularly social) design.

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Twitpoll: do you Yammer?

Twitpoll: do you Yammer?, originally uploaded by Box and Arrow. small sample size…. but resonates.

Context is King!

Nasty as they wanna be? Policing Flickr.com Except rules are tricky things with an operation like Flickr’s. The […]

Why community is hard

Community is hard, and so is pretty much all social stuff. But why is so darn hard? Why […]

Size Matters

early draft of a section from 2nd edition of blueprints We all would like to think there was […]