To: Hungery Hungry Clickers
Subject: Gleanings: A Picnic Basket Full of Links
Lance Arthur inspires us all– “Take Five” looks back at five years of a personal website.
Meanwhile on the blog I’ve been puzzling over the roles of Information Architects, and their relationship with usability and the rest of the team
Have a nice weekend: I’ve packed you a nice big gleanings to keep you busy in case it rains.
IA & DESIGN MATTERS
nadav drove down to baychi (and i got to ride along!) and we saw a terrific talk on modeling user experience. I haven’t gotten my act together to get my notes up, but he has
I now worship meta. their schematics belong in MOMA.
In other news I was nosing around acia as I am wont to do and looked at this for the third time
Software for Information Architects
Why is there no decent software for ia’s to make their cute little sitemaps and wireframes?
kottke’s collecting transit maps. amazing how many different ways there are to represent what is essentially the same data.
found Information Graphics lying around IQHQ and dragged it home. nifty stuff, almost as lovely as Wurman’s Information Architects. Lots of sign systems, graphs, infographics, transit maps and the like.
Ethnographic-perspective paper on the internet as cultural space.
the FAQ on FAQ’s
Measuring mental workload
“Mental workload has been defined as the “degree of processing capacity that is expended during task performance” ”
how to make a button
Noah grey interview on waferbaby
Business 2.0: Intranets Save Time- But for Whom? (tomalak.org)
Jakob Nielsen. “Thinking about the intranet as a productivity tool can prevent
such mishaps. For every service or application you put on the intranet,
estimate the impact on users around the company. If usability is low, then
training time goes up and productivity goes down.”
Interstitials in the balance
Are improving clickthrough rates and a higher selling price worth the annoyance that pop-up ads cause site visitors?
Boo! And the 100 Other Dumbest Moments in e-Business History
NEWS & COMMENTARY
Tech Industry Aims to Render MP3 Obsolete
“The industry doesn’t want [MP3] pushed, and Microsoft and RealNetworks don’t want it pushed. The consumer is going to eat what he’s given,”
NY Times: Humor Is at Center of Microsoft’s New Campaign. (tomalak.org)
Although the campaign is likely to be greeted warmly by many white- collar
office workers who have long grumbled about the paper clip, it has worried at
least one Microsoft researcher who is most closely credited with being the
father of the technology underlying the paper clip.
Amazon, Borders to Join Forces In Online Book-Selling Business
Napster’s Sad Song Falls on Deaf Ears
By Ronna Abramson
Judge Patel says the music-swapping service may need to be shut down
if the company cannot successfully block unauthorized songs.
Germany plots cyber attacks on neo-Nazi sites
By IDG News Service
The German Interior minister contemplates the use of spam to fight
APROPOS OF NOTHING
How It Works: Detectors Can Find Just the Right Spot to Drive That Nail (iaslash.org)
figlet server (giantant.com/antenna/)
it’s so fun, i don’t even care what they do
noel and mattjones sent me this, so it’s gotta be cool
“Apparently, if you look at the second frame of credits on the new A.I. teaser trailer, there is a credit given to Jeanine Salla, Sentient Machine Therapist,” Mooncookie explains. “If you enter her name into a Google.com search, you get http://www.familiasalla-es.ro/. Exploring this site will send you on a sprawling search for clues and other sites that are somehow related to the movie. It seems as if there are some 20+ websites that are connected with this guerilla-marketing geek’s wet dream, a la the X-Men stunts last summer. After poking around for about five minutes, I was blown away by the man-hours put in to all this — and the persistence of the geeks uncovering all this stuff — but it seems everyone likes a good intrigue.” As some Plastic wit once remarked, the real amazing thing is how the film industry will pay millions of bucks to lawyers to chase down and exterminate actual fan sites while simultaneously paying millions to developers to build fake fan sites. Only on the web, folks, only on the web!
why are mondays?
How much silly putty do you need? (rebeccablood.net)