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Big Data Is Not the Insight: Slides From Enterprise Search Europe

May 21st, 2013 — 12:42pm

Slides from my talk Big Data Is Not the Insight: The Lan­guage of Dis­cov­ery at Enter­prise Search Europe in Lon­don last week are avail­able for view­ing and down­load from slideshare. The con­fer­ence was a good gath­er­ing of lead­ing per­spec­tives on search in Europe, def­i­nitely one I’d look for­ward to attend­ing again. And of course Lon­don is lovely in May, even when it feels more like win­ter than spring…

Big Data Is Not the Insight: The Lan­guage Of Dis­cov­ery: from Joe Laman­tia

Comment » | Language of Discovery, User Experience (UX), User Research

"Meet the Speaker" Interview for Enterprise Search Europe

April 30th, 2013 — 10:12am

I did a mod­est ‘meet the speaker’ inter­view with the orga­niz­ers of next month’s Enter­prise Search Europe con­fer­ence in Lon­don — it’s pub­lished here:

http://www.enterprisesearcheurope.com/2013/LatestNews.aspx?id=151

Here’s an excerpt:

It turns out that you can use a very sim­ple vocab­u­lary to spot and describe com­plex pat­terns in search­ing and sense mak­ing behav­iour, pat­terns that tran­scend typ­i­cal bound­aries like domain of use. You can also design solu­tions using the vocab­u­lary; from the inter­ac­tion design of work­spaces, to the var­i­ous data mod­els and infor­ma­tion struc­tures that under­lie your sys­tem. This com­bi­na­tion of ana­lyt­i­cal and gen­er­a­tive uses is unusual, and I wanted to share it.

And if you’re in the neigh­bor­hood of Lon­don May 13 — 17, and would like to con­nect to talk about search, dis­cov­ery, or related top­ics, ping me — I’d like to meet up with some new folks for my first visit to Lon­don in a few years.

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UX Australia Recording Available

February 19th, 2013 — 11:38am

The audio record­ing of my pre­sen­ta­tion Design­ing Big Data Inter­ac­tions in the Age of Insight from UX Aus­tralia 2012 was just published.

It’s avail­able for direct down­load from the ses­sion page, in the iTunes store, and as part of the pod­cast series for all the ses­sions at UX Australia.

Comment » | Language of Discovery, User Experience (UX), User Research

Enterprise Search Europe

February 19th, 2013 — 11:20am

I’ll be pre­sent­ing recent work around the evolv­ing Lan­guage of Dis­cov­ery at the Enter­prise Search Europe con­fer­ence in Lon­don this May. Tyler Tate — co-author of Design­ing the Search Expe­ri­ence — and I are shar­ing a ses­sion on ‘cre­at­ing effec­tive interfaces’.

In addi­tion to the reg­u­lar ses­sions, Tony Russell-Rose is pre­sent­ing a work­shop titled Search Inter­face Opti­mi­sa­tion (to use the British spelling) on Tues­day that promises to inform and enhance your under­stand­ing of how peo­ple search, and your toolkit for design­ing good search experiences.

ESS is the pre­mier gath­er­ing of indus­try prac­ti­tion­ers active in the search and dis­cov­ery spaces, and the ros­ter of speak­ers looks strong; if you need to engage with or learn some­thing from the com­mu­nity, this is the place to do so.

And Lon­don is won­der­ful in the spring — hope to see some of you there!

Comment » | Language of Discovery, User Experience (UX), User Research

Video of My BlogTalk Presentation

March 11th, 2008 — 2:26pm

Video of my BlogTalk pre­sen­ta­tion ‘What hap­pens when every­one designs social media? Prac­ti­cal sug­ges­tions for han­dling new eth­i­cal dilem­mas’ is avail­able from Ustream.tv. The res­o­lu­tion is low (it was shot with a web­cam) but the audio is good: fol­low along with the slides on your own for the full expe­ri­ence.

More videos of BlogTalk ses­sions here.

Comment » | Ethics & Design, Networks and Systems, User Experience (UX)

Spring Speaking: BlogTalk 2008 & The IA Summit

January 31st, 2008 — 3:27pm

Quick update on spring con­fer­ences: I’m speak­ing at Blogtalk 2008 in Cork (Ire­land) Feb­ru­ary , and the 2008 IA Sum­mit in Miami (SOBE — it’s sort of the US, but not entirely…) in April. This is my first Blogtalk con­fer­ence! I’m look­ing for­ward to meet­ing some new peo­ple and get­ting closer to the social soft­ware com­mu­nity.
At Blogtalk, my ses­sion is titled “The DIY Future: What Hap­pens When Every­one Designs Social Media? Prac­ti­cal sug­ges­tions for han­dling new eth­i­cal dilem­mas“
Here’s an excerpt of the descrip­tion:
Both tra­di­tional design pro­fes­sion­als, and the grow­ing ranks of DIY design­ers, must be pre­pared to address the increased eth­i­cal com­plex­ity of the inte­grated expe­ri­ences of the future. This pre­sen­ta­tion will share prac­ti­cal sug­ges­tions for the design and archi­tec­ture of eth­i­cally sound social media using famil­iar expe­ri­ence design meth­ods and tech­niques.
Full details for the ses­sion and the rest of the pro­gram are avail­able at the Blogtalk site. I’m fol­low­ing Salim Ismail’s open­ing keynote. (Note to orga­niz­ers: No pres­sure in that at all, thanks…)
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At the IA Sum­mit, my ses­sion is “Effec­tive IA For Enter­prise Por­tals: The Build­ing Blocks Design Frame­work”. If you’ve been read­ing the series of arti­cles on the build­ing block in Boxes and Arrows, the talk will tie in nicely. If you’re new to the build­ing blocks or they’re out­side your prob­lem space, con­sider this a great look at a design frame­work in action.
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Here’s an excerpt of the descrip­tion:
Por­tal design efforts often quickly come to a point where their ini­tial infor­ma­tion archi­tec­ture is unable to effec­tively accom­mo­date change and growth in types of users, con­tent, or func­tion­al­ity, thereby low­er­ing the qual­ity of the over­all user expe­ri­ence. This case study style pre­sen­ta­tion will demon­strate how a frame­work of stan­dard­ized infor­ma­tion archi­tec­ture build­ing blocks solved these recur­ring prob­lems of growth and change for a series of busi­ness intel­li­gence and enter­prise appli­ca­tion por­tals.
Full details for the ses­sion are avail­able from the IA Sum­mit web­site.
Both con­fer­ences look good. Make sure to say hello in the hallway!

Comment » | Building Blocks, Information Architecture

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.

Comment » | Information Architecture, Travel

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!

Comment » | Information Architecture, Travel

IA Summit 2007 Panel Presentation

April 11th, 2007 — 12:34am

Thanks to all who made the 2007 IA Sum­mit in Las Vegas this year both worth­while and mem­o­rable, by orga­niz­ing, pre­sent­ing, vol­un­teer­ing, or attend­ing. Thanks espe­cially to every­one who par­tic­i­pated in our panel Lessons From Fail­ure: Or How IAs Learn to Stop Wor­ry­ing and Love the Bombs, and brought with them a will­ing­ness to share, laugh, and think dif­fer­ently about a nor­mally taboo sube­jct.
We lim­ited our pre­sen­ta­tions to 10 min­utes to encour­age audi­ence involve­ment, and reduce the talking-head with a micro­phone quo­tient typ­i­cal of panel for­mats. This worked well, but meant set­ting aside quite a bit of mate­r­ial that’s worth bring­ing out: the abbre­vi­ated ver­sion of my talk on how states of mind affect fail­ure is avail­able directly from the con­fer­ence site.
The full ver­sion of my slides on state of mind, self-definition, and par­al­lels between indi­vid­ual and soci­etal responses to fail­ure is avail­able from Slideshare here, and appears below.
The full ver­sion includes:

  • addi­tional dis­cus­sion of soci­eties in crisis
  • Pres­i­dent Bush
  • a major fig­ure in Bud­dhist philosophy
  • a per­sonal tale of busi­ness ven­ture gone wrong
  • Cap­tain Kirk
  • sys­tems theory
  • lever­age points poten­tially use­ful for avert­ing failure

Stay tuned for a pos­si­ble writ­ten treat­ment, in Boxes and Arrows soon.
Should I see irony, serendip­ity, or both in the fact that while I was shar­ing my tale of not suc­ceed­ing as an entre­pre­neur, the room down the hall was host­ing Start-up case stud­ies: how five of us started our own busi­nesses — fea­tur­ing Vic­tor Lom­bardi, Lane Becker, Frank Ramirez, Lou Rosen­feld, Gene Smith, and Christina Wodtke? If you’re think­ing of start­ing some­thing as you read this, I’ll bet my advice on what *not* to do is bet­ter :)
There were many, many good ses­sions this year; a few that I con­sid­ered high­lights include:
Olly Wright’s Infor­ma­tion archi­tec­ture and eth­i­cal design
Emmanuele Quintarelli’s Fac­eTag: inte­grat­ing bottom-up and top-down clas­si­fi­ca­tion in a social tag­ging sys­tem
James Robertson’s Enter­prise IA method­olo­gies: start­ing two steps ear­lier
Full slides: It Seemed Like the Thing To Do At the Time: State of Mind and Fail­ure

Comment » | Information Architecture

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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