All posts from
September 2003

User Interface Design Patterns

“The collection does not primarily consist of GUI designs of common software, but tries to outline the recuring design problems faced when trying to create good design. Our method to produce good design is to use our Goal-Derived Design (GDD) method that is based on simulation of the userĂ­s goals. The pattern collection does not include all the characteristics of good design we know so far, but only the design knowledge that we have found appropriate to describe as design patterns.” (Sari A. Laakso – University of Helsinki, Dept. of Computer Science)

Origin of the Phrase ‘Information Architecture’

“The phrase ‘information architecture’ appears to have been coined, or at least brought to wide attention, by Richard Saul Wurman, a man trained as an architect but who has become also a skilled graphic designer and the author, editor, and/or publisher of numerous books that employ fine graphics in the presentation of information in a variety of fields.” (R.E. Wyllys – Univ. of Texas: Grad. School of Library & Information Science)

PoInter: Patterns of Interaction

“The project is concerned with investigating the appropriateness of patterns as a means of communicating information about how people interact with each other through and around technology. Ultimately, this is with a view to informing the design process for computer systems to support the work and activities that the people are engaged in (…)” (Cooperative Systems Engineering Group) – courtesy of todd r. warfel

The P2P Revolution: Peer-to-peer networking & the entertainment industry

“Many people have predicted that peer-to-peer file-sharing will change the face of media, but this paper by Scott Jensen is the most thoroughgoing research I’ve seen into the commercial and artistic effects that peer-to-peer can potentially lead to. The paper is bold and futuristic, which means there are plenty of places the path it lays out could be sidetracked, but (…) it’s important reading.” (Andy OramO’Reilly Developer Weblogs)

Sitemaps and Site Indexes: What They Are and Why You Should Have Them

“Sitemaps and site indexes are forms of supplemental navigation. They give users a way to navigate a site without having to use the global navigation. By providing a way to visualize and understand the layout and structure of the site, a sitemap can help a lost or confused user find her way. Sitemaps are more widely implemented than site indexes, but both have their place and fulfill a unique information need.” (Chiara FoxBoxes and Arrows)