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EuroIA Presentations and Proceedings Available

October 30th, 2007 — 1:06pm

All (well, almost all) of the EuroIA Sum­mitpre­sen­ta­tions and pro­ceed­ings are avail­able online now. If you couldn’t make the con­fer­ence, then def­i­nitely take advan­tage of this great mate­r­ial.
View the pre­sen­ta­tions here.
Down­load the pro­ceed­ings here.

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Speaking At The Italian IA Summit In November

October 30th, 2007 — 11:24am

I’m excited to be speak­ing at the Ital­ian IA Sum­mit 2007, in Trento Italy, Novem­ber 16th and 17th. Orga­nized by Alberto Mucig­nat, Emanuele Quintarelli, Andrea Resmini, Luca Rosati and many oth­ers, this is the sec­ond Ital­ian IA Sum­mit. It’s great that so many events like the Ger­man IA con­fer­ence, the EuroIA Sum­mit, and OZ-IA related to design, infor­ma­tion archi­tec­ture, and user expe­ri­ence, are hap­pen­ing around the world.
The pro­gram is posted (in Ital­ian). My clos­ing keynote is Sat­ur­day, right before five-minute-madness, which allows plenty of time for a long and leisurely after­noon lunch fol­low­ing the con­fer­ence.
Hope to see you there!

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3 Conferences In October: BarCampNYC2, UI11, IDEA

September 22nd, 2006 — 5:53pm

Prov­ing that it’s good to get out of the house — even if you’ve just moved in — my sched­ule for Octo­ber includes three con­fer­ences, cov­er­ing both coasts.
In order, you can find me at BarCampNYC2, UI11 in Cam­bridge, and IDEA in Seat­tle.
I’m not pre­sent­ing, so I’m hop­ing to relax and enjoy the ses­sions, speak­ers, and inevitable hall­way con­ver­sa­tions with other mem­bers of the IA / UX / design com­mu­ni­ties. If you’re there and you have a minute, say hello!
ps. Did I men­tion that Bruce Ster­ling is speak­ing at IDEA? How cool is that! Seri­ously, I think this is a good exam­ple of con­ver­gence bring­ing fun­da­men­tally related ideas and ways of think­ing into prox­im­ity. It’s also evi­dence that the IA com­mu­nity is in active search of ground­ing to help us build a point of view on what the future holds — for every­one who inhab­its the infor­ma­tion envi­ron­ments we help cre­ate, not just ourselves.

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Usability Everywhere

October 9th, 2005 — 8:30am

Usabil­ity issues pop up in the strangest places. For exam­ple, Mon­day night, while I was sit­ting in the Lis­bon Tourist Police office, fill­ing out a report on how I’d just been robbed. The offi­cer han­dling my report took a moment to apol­o­gize for how long it took him to com­plete the process. He said, “We have a new inter­net based sys­tem to fill out all the forms, and its very con­fus­ing.” Seems that Accen­ture cre­ated a .net based envi­ron­ment for the Por­tugese police to record assaults on trav­ellers, but they didn’t pay proper atten­tion to user expe­ri­ence and usabil­ity con­cerns. The offi­cers use all the clas­sic workarounds: com­pos­ing text in a word-processor before past­ing it into input fields, post-it notes for short­cuts and pass­words all over the work­sta­tions; and they live in fear of hit­ting the wrong nav­i­ga­tion but­ton and los­ing all their in-progress work.
It’s not as good as get­ting my wal­let back, but it might make a good anec­dote at the next IA cock­tail hour.

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NYC Information Architecture Meetup

February 7th, 2005 — 9:49am

Two thumbs up to Anders Ram­say for orga­niz­ing IA mee­tups down in NYC. I had the chance to come to one of these reg­u­lar get-togethers in Jan­u­ary, and meet Anders, Lou Rosen­feld, Liz Danz­ico, Peter Van Dijk, and quite a few oth­ers while in town to see clients. After some refresh­ing bev­er­ages at Vig Bar, we moved on to the Mer­cer Kitchen for a swanky, tasty din­ner. Word of mouth has it that the duck at is a reli­gious expe­ri­ence. And it’s always nice to put faces to a great many blog posts.
Anders posted some pho­tos here:
I don’t see any of the umbrel­las dec­o­rat­ing the inte­rior of the main din­ing area in the pho­tos — but you had to look up to see them hang­ing from the ceil­ing in the first place.
Visual Puz­zler Chal­lenge: some­one in these pho­tos is a Sys­tem Archi­tect maque­rad­ing as an IA — can you spot the imposter?

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