Information Architecture Trip Report 2002

Well, I never did get around to typing up my notes from the IA Summit, but here are links to most of the presentations, in case your’re still interested:

Lou Rosenfeld’s presentation on enterprise-wide information architecture [power point].
Dan Brown’s poster and presentations.
Peter Morville’s presentation on New Roles in IA and others.
Chiara Fox and Peter Merholz’s PeopleSoft.com Case Study.
Peter Merholz’s Company and Customer Insight for Information Architects.
Erin Malone’s presentation on how site maps are used at AOL [power point].
Jesse James Garrett’s A brief introduction to the visual vocabulary for beginners and The IA of Everyday Things [both power point].

…oh, I just found the list that ASIST put together also.

Intel’s quixotic quest for next billion users

The SF Chronicle ran a front page story today, entitled, “Intel’s quixotic quest for next billion users,” on Intel’s team of ethnographic researchers. While this is not news (similar articles have appeared in newspapers from all over the world), I think the fact that it made the front page is pretty significant.

What do you think?

Creative is not a noun!

…and dictionary.com proves my point, though this site has articles by a bunch of idiots who might argue otherwise.

Apparently, people in the online ad game (I chose “game” on purpose, since it’s clear from the articles that they have no idea what they’re doing) use “creative” to describe what they create. Also, the people who create “creative” are called “creatives.” What a horrible, twisted use of language.

Oh yeah, there is actually an article on that site entitled, “Big Banner Ads Rule“…and the guy is serious!

2003 Honda Element

Selena and I have been looking for a new vehicle for some time now. Since hybrid cars that suit our needs aren’t yet available and fuel cell vehicles are but a pleasant dream, it seems we’re stuck with at least a few more years of OPEC supporting’ and environment destroyin’.

Our current pick of the litter is the Honda Element. Wheels24 also has an Element image gallery.

I think it’s not quite as cool as the VW Microbus concept, but, unlike the VW, the Element, WILL be available in November.

Physical Interaction Design Resources

I’ve been interested in and thinking about what I call “physical interaction design” for a while now. Physical interaction design being one of the points where interaction design and industrial design intersect.

Seems that others are thinking about it too…

Ira Laefsky, a researcher associated with Dave Farber’s Distributed Systems Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, contacted me today.

He’s involved with the development of a physical workstation for remote telecollaboration while engaged in document-based work and is looking for resources concerning “the design and development of physical systems that have interactive controls and displays, as well as industrial design aspects and embedded software.”

I wasn’t much help to Ira, as he was already aware of Baumann and Thomas’ “User Interface Design for Electronic Appliances,” Bergman’s “Information Appliances and Beyond” and Jenny Preece’s recent “Interaction Design.”

Ira correctly pointed out that all of these seem more oriented to screen design than the development of physical systems.

So, brad lauster (dot com) readers, do any of you have any pointers for us? Please leave a comment if you do!