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March 2006

It’s the journey and the destination: Shape and the emergent property of genre in evaluating digital documents

“(…) this paper will extend the analysis of ‘user navigation’ to the evaluation of user behaviour in web environments. In so doing, the present authors will attempt to unify work in the area of structural representation of content with models of navigation based on physical movement.” (Andrew Dillon and Misha W. Vaughan 1997) – courtesy of petermorville

Developing a Participation Economy

“I think it’d be safe to say that the IAI has been successful. It has over 800 members in about 40 countries. It has provided the IA community with a few excellent services, like a mentoring program, a job board, and a high-quality moderated discussion list. And it’s had a hand in a number of successful events around the planet.” (Louis Rosenfeld – bloug)

Wayshowing: A Guide to Environmental Signage Principles & Practices PDF Logo

By Dr. Per Mollerup (Director of Mollerup Designlab) – “Thus wayshowing relates to wayfinding as writing relates to reading and as speaking relates to hearing. The purpose of wayshowing is to facilitate wayfinding. Wayshowing is the means. Wayfinding is the end. The introduction of the term wayshowing is an important contribution to information design.” (Reviewed by Rune Pettersson)

What is Documentation?

“Suzanne Briet (‘Madame Documentation’) was an important French Documentalist just before and following the Second World War. Though others preceded her, Briet was unique in so strongly attributing to documentation and to documentary signs a cultural origin and function. In this she followed the founder of European Documentation, Paul Otlet, but she differed from Otlet in that she understood ‘science’, ‘culture’, and thus documentation more in the context of military-industrial post-war capitalist economies and in terms of the global ‘development’ of the time than in terms of the harmonious world of global ‘knowledge’ that Otlet had envisioned. In this way, Briet stands between Otlet’s information utopia (reminiscent of the world industrial exhibitions of the 19th and early 20th centuries) and information theory and cybernetics in the United States which saw human culture and language as troublesome mediums for successful communication and information transmission.” (Translated by Ron Day and Laurent Martinet)

Interface in Form: Paper and Product Prototyping for Feedback and Fun

“Sketching and modeling are integral features of the design process, critical for both the generation of ideas, and the communication of concepts to others for discussion and evaluation, particularly in the context of human-centered design. While these methods are a natural component of the designer’s education and professional tool kit, there is immense value in exposing other professions involved in the development of products and interfaces to at least a limited set of these same basic tools.” (Bruce Hanington –