All posts from
September 2005

Computational Information Design

“The ability to collect, store, and manage data is increasing quickly, but our ability to understand it remains constant. In an attempt to gain better understanding of data, fields such as information visualization, data mining and graphic design are employed, each solving an isolated part of the specific problem, but failing in a broader sense: there are too many unsolved problems in the visualization of complex data. As a solution, this dissertation proposes that the individual fields be brought together as part of a singular process titled Computational Information Design.” (Ben Fry)

Interview with Peter Morville

“(…) findability is only one of many qualities that can be designed into an information architecture, along with accessibility, credibility, desirability, and usability. Sometimes, it’s more important for a product to be attractive. Sometimes, companies rely more on push than pull. But as the Internet increasingly puts the customer in control, making it easy for your people to find your products and your support content becomes a top priority. And as ubiquitous computing propels us toward a massive, networked transmedia environment, findability will only become more important and challenging.” (infonomia)

Blogs: A Global Conversation

A Master Thesis on the Social Phenomenon of Blogs – “I carried out quantitative research by twice sending out a survey via email to 750 Bloggers who are ranked by Technorati. A total 174 Bloggers filled out the survey. Whether you work in advertising, public relations, marketing, are thinking of using Blogs for a business, want to use Blogs to try and create revenue or want to get an understanding of what is going on in the world of Blogs, the paper may be of interest to you.” (James Torio)

From Objects to Subjects: Design History and Oral History

“The paper will address questions about the value of personal life story recordings by examining the fate of the role of individual agency and authorship in design historiography. Taking as its starting point that subjectivity is socially constructed and that language is the medium in which that construction is articulated, it will show how life histories are inevitably evidence of broader cultural discourses. With the resurgence of historiographic concerns with experience and memory, The paper will demonstrate the ways in which interviews with designers create a multi-layered document/recording that reflects the complex interactions with constitute a designer’s identity formation as well as his/her historical consciousness.” (Linda Sandino at Show/Tell Papers)