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Boxes and Arrows: Analyzing Card Sort Results

August 27, 2003 10:56 AM | Posted in: Information Architecture

Boxes and Arrows just published my article Analyzing Card Sort Results With a Spreadsheet Template. Thanks to everyone who made it possible to share this tool. I hope it helps your next project!

If you need the template file, it's available here - card_sort_template_ba.xls.

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Joe Lamantia is Available

August 26, 2003 07:59 PM | Posted in: Bio

If you're looking for an open-minded, effective problem solver with solid experience in the major realms of an integrated User Experience effort - business, technology, design, user research, project management - contact me (joe(at) I'm now looking for my next position, and interested in discussing full-time and contract opportunities.

For background: I've just finished an eighteen month assignment as on-staff Information Architect for Parametric Technology Corporation (Nasdaq: PMTC) , where I focused on the strategic integration of several large websites and numerous application-based User Experiences under a single, user-driven Information Architecture.

Broadly, my responsibilities during the past two years centered on defining and building Information Architecture and Usability programs within large software companies.

Some of my specific Information Architecture responsibilities at PTC included designing an integrated system of 60 modular interface templates and content-display objects, as well as meta-data, XML DTDs, a complete categorization system, a detailed attribute taxonomy, data fields, and display schematics for a custom-built content management system dynamically serving 50,000 Web pages in nine languages.

While with PTC, I also started a Usabililty Program for the e-Business Group that grew to include an active community of three hundred regular testing volunteers, consistent field research at major industry trade shows and conferences, and the company's first dedicated Usability facility.

In 2000 and 2001, I founded an Asia-Pacific B2B startup with a team of US and China-based partners. Before this, I spent six years creating innovative interactive design solutions for leading consulting firms (Onward, CSC, Zefer) and boutique interactive agencies (One21). Accordingly, I can contribute as both leader and team member in many business snvironments.

In addition to eight years spent architecting and managing large corporate sites and enterprise applications as a developer and designer, I have considerable experience with project management in high tech and software settings, strong communication and consulting skills, and an entrepreneurial outlook on business analysis.

I'm most interested in opportunites in the User Experience and Information Systems fields, but I'm also eager to work outside the United States and am open to positions in other areas. Some fields I have experience in or find interesting include consulting, publishing, entertainment, travel, government, and telecommunications.

I'm looking for an environment that supports individual initiative, respects talent, rewards accomplishment, and encourages innovation across disciplines and boundaries. I enjoy multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary teams, and I feel most alive when I'm travelling in a new place or new environment. Additional international experience is one of my most important personal and professional goals for the next several years.

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Find Out Who's Walking On the Wild Side?

August 15, 2003 04:55 AM | Posted in: Objets Trouves

Found this morning on the BBCi while looking for something completely different -

"Sensation Seeking Scale

This questionnaire is designed to test your tendency towards varied, novel and intense senations. This is sometimes known as thrill-seeking or arousal seeking."

Here's the link: Sensation Seeking Scale

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