Comments for inkblurt http://www.inkblurt.com Information Architecture, User Experience & Other Obsessions Mon, 30 May 2016 09:07:00 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Word of the Day: Theobromine by Joice Wang http://www.inkblurt.com/2007/02/15/word-of-the-day-theobromine/comment-page-1/#comment-67810 Mon, 30 May 2016 09:07:00 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/archives/448#comment-67810 We are manufacturer of Theobromine in China.
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Comment on A Life More Local by Paolo Montevecchi http://www.inkblurt.com/2015/10/08/a-life-more-local/comment-page-1/#comment-67809 Tue, 27 Oct 2015 08:54:00 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=1192#comment-67809 Good luck!!

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Comment on I Remember the Miracle Strip by Barley_Brains http://www.inkblurt.com/2013/09/01/i-remember-the-miracle-strip/comment-page-1/#comment-67808 Mon, 08 Jun 2015 12:28:00 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=1104#comment-67808 I spent a hot sunny afternoon at the Miracle Strip Amusement Park back in the mid 1970s. The highlight was definitely the Abominable Sno Man. It was a combination of all the things you mentioned: the scrambler ride, cold air-conditioning, darkness punctuated with flashing lights magnified by the mirrors on the wall, and the excellent speaker system blaring “Never Been Any Reason” by Head East. I’ve been to many amusement parks in my life including the two Disney joints, but nothing is as vivid in my mind as that single ride on that sunny day along the Redneck Riviera.

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Comment on The Challenge of Taste in Design by The challenge of taste in design. | Taste: How can designers influence taste in positive ways? http://www.inkblurt.com/2009/02/09/the-challenge-of-taste-in-design/comment-page-1/#comment-67807 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:18:28 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=647#comment-67807 […] http://www.inkblurt.com/2009/02/09/the-challenge-of-taste-in-design/ […]

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Comment on What am I? by Lay Your Weapons Down and Celebrate | Rob Fay http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/03/26/what-am-i/comment-page-1/#comment-67806 Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:44:38 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=798#comment-67806 […] A. (Feb 11, 2009). The UX Tribe. Hinton, A. (Mar 26, 2010). What am I? Klyn, D. (Mar 19, 2010). There is no such thing as Jesse James Garrett. Malouf, D. (Feb 11, 2009). […]

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Comment on The Challenge of Taste in Design by Source 1: The Challenge of Taste In Design | What is 'good taste'? http://www.inkblurt.com/2009/02/09/the-challenge-of-taste-in-design/comment-page-1/#comment-67805 Mon, 16 Feb 2015 20:36:58 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=647#comment-67805 […] Source: http://www.inkblurt.com/2009/02/09/the-challenge-of-taste-in-design/ […]

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Comment on Linkosophy by Bibliography | Understanding Context http://www.inkblurt.com/2008/04/15/linkosophy/comment-page-1/#comment-67804 Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:34:26 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/2008/04/15/linkosophy/#comment-67804 […] Hinton, A. “Linkosophy.” Closing Plenary for the Information Architecture Summit, Miami, FL. 2008 http://www.inkblurt.com—linkosophy […]

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Comment on The Challenge of Taste in Design by Is class a factor to good taste in interior design? | liajanehodgkinson http://www.inkblurt.com/2009/02/09/the-challenge-of-taste-in-design/comment-page-1/#comment-67803 Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:05:14 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=647#comment-67803 […] Hinton, A.  February 9, 2009 http://www.inkblurt.com/2009/02/09/the-challenge-of-taste-in-design/ […]

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Comment on The Challenge of Taste in Design by Does good taste make you an artist? | liajanehodgkinson http://www.inkblurt.com/2009/02/09/the-challenge-of-taste-in-design/comment-page-1/#comment-67802 Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:40:30 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=647#comment-67802 […] (02/09/2009) The Challenge of Taste in Design http://www.inkblurt.com/2009/02/09/the-challenge-of-taste-in-design/ (ass. […]

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Comment on The World is the Screen by October 26, 2014 | JustinMWhitaker WordPressed http://www.inkblurt.com/2014/02/19/the-world-is-the-screen/comment-page-1/#comment-67801 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 02:34:59 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=1121#comment-67801 […] The World is the Screen. […]

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Comment on Let’s get something straight about IA by inkblurt · Context Management http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/11/10/lets-get-something-straight-about-ia/comment-page-1/#comment-67800 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:18:29 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=833#comment-67800 […] Also to add: I don’t think we need a new discipline for context management. To my mind, it’s just good information architecture. […]

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Comment on Linkosophy by inkblurt · The Contexts We Make http://www.inkblurt.com/2008/04/15/linkosophy/comment-page-1/#comment-67799 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:14:36 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/2008/04/15/linkosophy/#comment-67799 […] thinking on this central point has evolved over the last four to five years, since I first started presenting on the topic publicly. I’ve since been including a discussion of context design in almost […]

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Comment on Links, Maps and Habitats by Information Architect http://www.inkblurt.com/2011/05/17/links-maps-and-habitats/comment-page-1/#comment-67798 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:07:19 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=917#comment-67798 […] Links, Maps, and Habitats Article by Andrew Hinton. […]

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Comment on Linkosophy by ?????? ??????? ????? ?????? ?????????? | ?????? ????? http://www.inkblurt.com/2008/04/15/linkosophy/comment-page-1/#comment-67797 Mon, 17 Feb 2014 07:36:26 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/2008/04/15/linkosophy/#comment-67797 […] Andrew Hinton in Linkosophy […]

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Comment on I Remember the Miracle Strip by Lori http://www.inkblurt.com/2013/09/01/i-remember-the-miracle-strip/comment-page-1/#comment-67796 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 16:56:00 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=1104#comment-67796 I used to live in Panama City Florida and actually knew someone who helped design alot of the original park rides. I saw lots of the photos from when these rides were being built. I am not sure he is still alive but was so very thankful to have known him.

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Comment on Space 1999 as design showcase by Karg2000 http://www.inkblurt.com/2005/12/08/space-1999-as-design-showcase/comment-page-1/#comment-67795 Mon, 08 Apr 2013 17:50:00 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=313#comment-67795 Doctor Who had that kind of lamp. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=363598343745308&set=a.271768666261610.51094.231866206918523&type=1&theater

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Comment on Pew Internet: Teens, Video Games and Civics by Friv http://www.inkblurt.com/2008/09/30/pew-internet-teens-video-games-and-civics/comment-page-1/#comment-67794 Thu, 14 Feb 2013 12:09:00 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=617#comment-67794 Nowadays internet plays vital role in person’s life. Most of teenagers are highly addicted to video games and internet which is not good for health and ahead life. Limited use of internet is safe for teenagers.

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Comment on What am I? by Pongamos las cosas claras sobre la arquitectura de la información | Infotectura http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/03/26/what-am-i/comment-page-1/#comment-67793 Mon, 21 Jan 2013 23:16:43 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=798#comment-67793 […] escrito muchas cosas en los últimos años sobre la arquitectura de la información. Y estoy escribiendo […]

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Comment on Context Book: A Shape Emerging by andrewhinton http://www.inkblurt.com/2013/01/17/context-book-a-shape-emerging/comment-page-1/#comment-67792 Sat, 19 Jan 2013 21:29:00 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=1065#comment-67792 Thank you Kel … and likewise (and then some)!

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Comment on Context Book: A Shape Emerging by Kel Smith http://www.inkblurt.com/2013/01/17/context-book-a-shape-emerging/comment-page-1/#comment-67791 Sat, 19 Jan 2013 19:51:00 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=1065#comment-67791 Great framework. Writing a book is a *lot* more difficult than most people acknowledge. I have new respect for anyone who commits to a long-term endeavor and actually sees it through, regardless of how the final product is judged. Can’t wait to add your book to my shelf.

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Comment on Roughly Half Done by andrewhinton http://www.inkblurt.com/2012/12/12/roughly-half-done/comment-page-1/#comment-67790 Thu, 27 Dec 2012 23:51:00 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=1051#comment-67790 Thanks Jon. :-) nice to know I’m not the only ruminator out there.

Stay warm in Pittsburgh!

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Comment on Roughly Half Done by Jonathan Cassie http://www.inkblurt.com/2012/12/12/roughly-half-done/comment-page-1/#comment-67789 Thu, 27 Dec 2012 23:23:00 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=1051#comment-67789 Dear Andrew,

I turned 45 just a few days after you did and read this a number of times in the last few weeks. I found it stimulated some productive reflection on my part about many of the notions you raise about work and relationships. So. Halfway, indeed. There’s wisdom in translating the idea of “half-done” as really “always in the making, shaping and remaking,” I think. At least that’s how I am feeling. Many thanks for this. Best of luck in Philadelphia. My partner and I moved to Pittsburgh from LA in July (I took a great new job) and we’re enjoying it.

Jon

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Comment on The Composition of Context: a workshop proposal by staylo http://www.inkblurt.com/2012/06/16/the-composition-of-context-a-workshop-proposal/comment-page-1/#comment-67788 Fri, 07 Dec 2012 12:43:00 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=1038#comment-67788 Andrew, I found out something interesting connected to your talk. You may already know this, but I sure didn’t… http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=balls+out

I haven’t been this excited since 2nd grade when I found out it is technically permissible to call someone an “ass”.

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Comment on The Composition of Context: a workshop proposal by andrewhinton http://www.inkblurt.com/2012/06/16/the-composition-of-context-a-workshop-proposal/comment-page-1/#comment-67787 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 14:14:00 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=1038#comment-67787 Thanks for coming out last night! 
I honestly didn’t put a ton of thought into agent/subject, but I did think it through some. In part I borrowed the language from the literature I was reading. Agent is often used in semiotics writing and in ecological psychology writing too, though other terms (actor, perceiver, etc) are around as well. “Subject” I used in the sense of a participant in, say, a psychology experiment. Both of the terms can easily be applied to people, without much of a stretch. Subject can also be applied to abstractions, while ‘object’ implies something more concrete. It’s a more flexible term that, to my mind anyway, keeps things more simple so I’m not having to come up with a taxonomy of “things in situations”. It could be anything from a baseball to a concept, or another person (or oneself). 

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Comment on The Composition of Context: a workshop proposal by staylo http://www.inkblurt.com/2012/06/16/the-composition-of-context-a-workshop-proposal/comment-page-1/#comment-67786 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 13:01:00 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=1038#comment-67786 Andrew, thanks for your excellent CHI*A presentation last night.

I am curious about your choice of terms for some of the elements of a context, especially “agent” for the situated understanding being and “subject” for that which calls for understanding. A more conventional conception would situate a “subject” in a situation where “objects” are understood. I suspect there’s a reason for this departure, and would be interested to hear it.

Now you’ve got me thinking about the difference between “understanding a subject” (a conceptualization of some field of interest) and “understanding an object” (attempting to use a conceptualization to make some phenomenon intelligible, in the broadest sense, which includes extended/embodied/distributed/tacit cognition.) I haven’t thought it through, completely, but I might want to argue for the inclusion of a fifth element in a situation…

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Comment on The Composition of Context: a workshop proposal by staylo http://www.inkblurt.com/2012/06/16/the-composition-of-context-a-workshop-proposal/comment-page-1/#comment-67785 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 14:53:00 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=1038#comment-67785 I am extremely bitter that we never got to work together.

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Comment on The Contexts We Make by Trisha Sue http://www.inkblurt.com/2012/01/20/the-contexts-we-make/comment-page-1/#comment-67784 Sun, 07 Oct 2012 18:18:00 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=976#comment-67784 I definitely agree.  Great post!

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Comment on Some great reading about brains. by Terrie Chan3 http://www.inkblurt.com/2009/05/18/brains/comment-page-1/#comment-67783 Fri, 28 Sep 2012 17:31:00 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=688#comment-67783 Have you came across the book ‘The Brain that Changes Itself’ by Norman Doidge? He has a chapter devoted on pain with Vilayanur S. Ramachandran, it’s fascinating!

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Comment on Space 1999 as design showcase by Repliche, 2 | Fondazione Elia Spallanzani http://www.inkblurt.com/2005/12/08/space-1999-as-design-showcase/comment-page-1/#comment-67782 Fri, 10 Aug 2012 09:58:44 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=313#comment-67782 […] episodi ci ha colpito la presenza di vari oggetti di design degli anni ’60 e ’70 (lampade, tavolini, soprammobili), che per altro vengono usati anche dagli alieni, a celebrare […]

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Comment on The Challenge of Taste in Design by Doug Montgomery http://www.inkblurt.com/2009/02/09/the-challenge-of-taste-in-design/comment-page-1/#comment-67781 Mon, 07 May 2012 14:59:00 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=647#comment-67781 Very charitable post (about the tribal identity or posing), and honest (the importance of ‘taste’ input from designers who specialise or excel at this) and clever (the three legged analogy). 

One or two of my tutors try to impose a rigidly functionalist dogma down students throats and they would have a fit at your suggestion, as they have had with me for contesting them.

I’m at this moment designing a project based on Pierre Bourdieu’s examination of taste and class in his book ‘Distinction’. I developed the scenario that in the year 2022 a lack of ‘taste’ has come to be regarded as some kind of affliction requiring treatment. This notion has been concocted by the government who are bound by EU commitments to environmental reform, but want one last consumerist hurrah by influencing the populace to replace any existing ‘poor taste’ goods (DFS Sofas etc) with Design Council approved goods on the pretext that products with ‘taste’ have longevity which satisfy EU sustainability principles. So, the government mandate an ‘inoculation’ campaign sponsored by Bayer Chemicals (aimed implicitly at the ‘lower’ classes) to cure the affliction of ‘bad taste’. 

I designed packaging complete with instructions for use and a pamphlet describing how the ‘aesthetic competence’ test is evaluated – basically ‘sufferer’s’ are shown art, clothing, furniture etc, and asked to choose from a blind selection of products considered ‘bad’ to aesthetically ‘approved’, and then they are scored as individuals – but the ‘lower classes’ will be forcibly inoculated without recourse to the test.

Its a deliberately crude and blunt solution as its supposed to be commissioned by a future dictatorial government.

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Comment on My next move is a TUG. by xian http://www.inkblurt.com/2012/05/03/my-next-move-is-a-tug/comment-page-1/#comment-67780 Fri, 04 May 2012 04:43:00 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=1027#comment-67780 congratulations! TUG is kindling something awesome.

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Comment on My next move is a TUG. by Jeff Parks http://www.inkblurt.com/2012/05/03/my-next-move-is-a-tug/comment-page-1/#comment-67779 Thu, 03 May 2012 17:52:00 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=1027#comment-67779 Congrats Andrew.  Dan and the team are very lucky to have you! All the best in your new venture.

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Comment on Embodied Responsiveness by Tim Dobbins http://www.inkblurt.com/2012/05/01/embodied-responsiveness/comment-page-1/#comment-67778 Tue, 01 May 2012 18:22:00 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=1030#comment-67778 Brilliant.

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Comment on Embodied Responsiveness by David Fiorito http://www.inkblurt.com/2012/05/01/embodied-responsiveness/comment-page-1/#comment-67777 Tue, 01 May 2012 18:22:00 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=1030#comment-67777 I think we will see more and more of this as we get away from the aggregation impulse (like Facebook) and move towards specialization and simplicity (like twitter and instagram). The aggregator is the device. The interface on the iPhone is the embodied solution, and we give it form by arranging app icons in a manner that fits our needs.

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Comment on The Path to Fail is Paved with Good Intentions by Timothy E. Dobbins http://www.inkblurt.com/2012/02/08/the-path-to-fail/comment-page-1/#comment-67776 Wed, 18 Apr 2012 14:42:00 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=1003#comment-67776 Great post, Andrew.

When people design for taste, and at the expense of a coherent experience, a small part of me dies inside.

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Comment on The Path to Fail is Paved with Good Intentions by vanderwal http://www.inkblurt.com/2012/02/08/the-path-to-fail/comment-page-1/#comment-67775 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 15:41:00 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=1003#comment-67775 Andrew, read Marco Arment’s take on Path issue ( http://www.marco.org/2012/02/09/ios-address-book-should-prompt-users ), he says publicly what most social application devs I know have been saying how they have been doing things. The downfall is lack of opt-in, which only some apps have. Path took a step, I don’t think any other app/service will do that uses this practice, they dumped all of the address records and are allowing people to opt-in.

The neighborhood announcements is the top on/off option in their settings as they knew that is not something everybody wants and it is opt-in when you set up Path.

Path has an insane amount of functionality that it has crammed in a a small and somewhat simple interface. It took me a good chunk of time to sort out how to so somethings. But, when you talk with people at Path they listen and they are working very hard at iterating what they have to improve it. They also say this publicly, a lot.

Path focuses on an insanely difficult intersection that each have their own difficult segments. Mobile with rich interfaces with accordance is tough on touch devices as the usual hover for explanation is not easy to pull of as usually done with a hold or long tap, which many people have difficulty executing. But, the more difficult space is social, as most social interaction designs are still really clumbsy and awkward and not relative to how humans are social in general and don’t adapt for the array of personality types that they really need to.

I’m glad you wrote this up.

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Comment on WordPress Comment Notification Fix by carol m http://www.inkblurt.com/2008/02/21/wordpress-comment-notification-fix/comment-page-1/#comment-67774 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 06:58:00 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/2008/02/21/wordpress-comment-notification-fix/#comment-67774 Does anyone know a fix for this problem in wp 3.3.1?

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Comment on So I’m writing a book on Designing Context by Joe http://www.inkblurt.com/2012/02/06/so-im-writing-a-book-on-designing-context/comment-page-1/#comment-67768 Tue, 07 Feb 2012 11:33:37 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=995#comment-67768 And the reason you weren’t talking this up in Dublin last week was…?

;)

Big congrats on the book! Very happy to see this news.

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Comment on So I’m writing a book on Designing Context by Jorge http://www.inkblurt.com/2012/02/06/so-im-writing-a-book-on-designing-context/comment-page-1/#comment-67764 Tue, 07 Feb 2012 02:10:33 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=995#comment-67764 This is fabulous news Andrew, congratulations! Funny, I was thinking earlier today that there are no books at the moment that cover this aspect of UX. I can’t think of anyone more qualified than you to write it… Looking forward to reading it!

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Comment on So I’m writing a book on Designing Context by Kaleem http://www.inkblurt.com/2012/02/06/so-im-writing-a-book-on-designing-context/comment-page-1/#comment-67762 Mon, 06 Feb 2012 22:15:06 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=995#comment-67762 Congratulations, Andrew!

Getting people to understand the importance of context in relation to the designed object is often a difficult task, in part due to the abstract thinking required vs. the tangibility of an artifact.

Having heard your deeply insightful conference talks and reflecting upon our conversations over the years, I’ve often wondered when you would write a book. If I can be of any help at all during the process, with all sincerity, please let me know.

Sign me up for a copy!

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Comment on Users Don’t Have Goals by Joe Lamantia http://www.inkblurt.com/2012/02/03/users-dont-have-goals/comment-page-1/#comment-67752 Fri, 03 Feb 2012 21:46:08 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=991#comment-67752 Hmm. Seems a core insight is that product-making cultures tend to make products that reflect their own worldviews, rather than that a misplaced focus on goals leads to irrelevant experiences [though this is also true]. I think there’s lots of opportunity for the typically outstanding inkblurt take on this topic – and I’m too lazy to take it on at the moment :)

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Comment on Users Don’t Have Goals by Richard Dalton http://www.inkblurt.com/2012/02/03/users-dont-have-goals/comment-page-1/#comment-67750 Fri, 03 Feb 2012 19:01:39 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=991#comment-67750 Nice presentation Andrew, I wish I could have seen it live!

I think your point is that there are a lot of “things” above the *task* level that affect the context of the user? If so, I very much agree.

I started to explore this a few years ago with this diagram:
http://mauvyrusset.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/contextofux.pdf

But now that I look at it again, I find the “about the situation” cloud lacking – it needs more context (ha ha) to account for the problem the user is trying to solve (consciously or subconsciously) and for the emotions the user is having about the situation.

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Comment on In Defense of D by Information Literacy and Learning as Fun « we learn in public: a blog for si643 http://www.inkblurt.com/2011/09/16/in-defense-of-d/comment-page-1/#comment-67731 Mon, 30 Jan 2012 04:42:47 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=942#comment-67731 […] In many ways, the conversations that we had  throughout the term about trying to wrap our heads, words and practices around just what could be considered information literacy echoed the parallel conversations we were having in my Information Architecture course about the round-and-round process of “DTDT” aka “Defining the D*mn Thing.” […]

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Comment on The Contexts We Make by IDD | Pearltrees http://www.inkblurt.com/2012/01/20/the-contexts-we-make/comment-page-1/#comment-67696 Sat, 21 Jan 2012 06:46:16 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=976#comment-67696 […] The Contexts We Make 6. flickr – uicdigitalInformation changes how we experience the physical.Because information changes how we experience the physical world.Look at this photo — there’s information everywhere in this scene.>>The lines on the road tell us where to drive; the traffic light is a virtual barrier that affectsour behavior; the road signs give us a layer of instruction that adds meaning to the cityaround us. without the information here, it would quite literally be a different place. 7. flickr – aokkone More pervasive; more immersive.Now look at today.When you’re using a GPS, where are you driving? […]

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Comment on Unhappiness Machine by Lynn Marentette http://www.inkblurt.com/2011/11/11/unhappiness-machine/comment-page-1/#comment-67685 Fri, 25 Nov 2011 06:40:23 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=959#comment-67685 Andrew,

I thought you might like a video clip I took at the South Park mall in Charlotte back in 2009:
“Touch Screen Coke Machine at the Mall: 90 seconds to get a coke!” http://youtu.be/72eWDUfPLvk

Lynn

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Comment on Omni Magazine Shrine by Darlene Baker http://www.inkblurt.com/2003/08/04/omni-magazine/comment-page-4/#comment-67676 Mon, 19 Sep 2011 04:32:02 +0000 http://inkblurt.com/?p=75#comment-67676 I have an intact volume one of OMNI, free to good home if you pay for shipping. I’ve no idea how you’d rate the condition, I’d say fair. I won’t be back here, so email me: typocatcher@gmail.com

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Comment on In Defense of D by Dorian Taylor http://www.inkblurt.com/2011/09/16/in-defense-of-d/comment-page-1/#comment-67674 Fri, 16 Sep 2011 23:51:02 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=942#comment-67674 When we came up with the demonstate the damn thing slogan for the IAI, the sentiment (at least for me) was that it’s possible to pore over the same material over and over without creating any new insight. In that way it’s kind of like a PRNG—real randomness needs an injection of new information from the outside. So the idea was to generate new material for discussion by actually generating new material for use.

I think there is also a component of professional insecurity, trying to partition intellectual territory as well as justify the position to outsiders. It’s still a nascent discipline (I’m even apprehensive about calling it a discipline). Further, perorating about the virtues of a particular practice is much less work than actually doing it. (And information architects classify things for a living anyway, so for them it’s almost like a tic.)

But by no means does this account for all discussion, nor does it discount the development of the language we use to talk about our business.

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Comment on Identity is more than a name by James Melzer http://www.inkblurt.com/2011/08/05/identity-is-more-than-a-name/comment-page-1/#comment-67659 Fri, 26 Aug 2011 17:28:57 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=933#comment-67659 The careful self-segmentation of an individual’s identity should be tremendously helpful to marketers. The social networks are closing the door on a huge opportunity. If a person takes the time to create a separate Facebook account for their knitting club identity, they’ve narrowed the focus considerably. Furthermore, that person has increased the relevance of all their relationships, their user-generated content, and their other behavior. That identity is all signal, no noise from a marketing perspective.

The single identity, on the other hand, is a confused mess. Look how much effort Amazon puts into sorting us out, as people. Was this a gift? Okay, then Amazon won’t factor into your recommendations. But who was it for? Okay, Amazon will update your view of their wishlist to take that into account. Complexity!

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Comment on Links, Maps and Habitats by Romney http://www.inkblurt.com/2011/05/17/links-maps-and-habitats/comment-page-1/#comment-67658 Fri, 26 Aug 2011 15:26:55 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=917#comment-67658 Have you ever read the index of a book from start to finish? Cross references and footnotes are the ancestors of the hyperlink. The index is the map of a book. Not the book the author wanted to pretend they wrote (thats on the contents page) but what the indexer thinks actually happened.

Rarely, you’ll notice an author has got involved in their own index and then it loses its value as an independent map. Its usually funnier though. Try Charlie Brooker.

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Comment on Identity is more than a name by Paul Rissen http://www.inkblurt.com/2011/08/05/identity-is-more-than-a-name/comment-page-1/#comment-67648 Wed, 10 Aug 2011 12:54:40 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=933#comment-67648 Good post – I particularly agree with the call for more humanities-schooled people to engage with the development of digital services. I’m not sure I agree with the point that an ‘entity-relationship-diagram-friendly way’ is incompatible with the complex nature of personality & history, but that’s my blind optimism, probably ;-)

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Comment on Omni Magazine Shrine by Diana Perry http://www.inkblurt.com/2003/08/04/omni-magazine/comment-page-4/#comment-67645 Sat, 25 Jun 2011 23:46:53 +0000 http://inkblurt.com/?p=75#comment-67645 My husband loved the covers of the Omni magazines and collected quite a few. However we are moving and are unable to house them. Anyone out there interested in purchasing his collection? lf interested let me know and I’ll be happy to let you know what issues he has available.

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Comment on Two Fixes for Twitter by shiloh13 http://www.inkblurt.com/2011/05/24/two-fixes-for-twitter/comment-page-1/#comment-67643 Wed, 25 May 2011 08:39:01 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=925#comment-67643 I agree totally. I think we should be able to direct message someone on something they say. Not bombard them with messages but just a reply because sometimes we don’t want everyone to see what we write.

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Comment on Context Management at Plaxo by Nick Dunn http://www.inkblurt.com/2011/02/24/context-management-at-plaxo/comment-page-1/#comment-67639 Tue, 24 May 2011 14:51:04 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=888#comment-67639 Darn, I was going to suggest Github ;-) Yes, if you’re a member of “organisations” then you can switch context and see only repositories or commit messages for that persona.

Screenshot: http://www.cl.ly/0f2c0C0a101X183u022z

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Comment on Omni Magazine Shrine by bee http://www.inkblurt.com/2003/08/04/omni-magazine/comment-page-4/#comment-67638 Mon, 02 May 2011 22:50:54 +0000 http://inkblurt.com/?p=75#comment-67638 I am looking for a tiny article that was in the Omni magazine in the 80’s…

It was on the subject of a shadow illusion that effected on the Great Pyramid around Egypts springtime (and marked the rising of the waters of the nile
– it also had a tiny picture of the illusion on the pyramid (that only lasted for less than a minute)

I would very much appreciate anyone who could send me the text of the article or the article itself (pretty please nicely)
I used to really like the omni mag and miss it.
Al the very best to all

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Comment on Context Management at Plaxo by Andrew http://www.inkblurt.com/2011/02/24/context-management-at-plaxo/comment-page-1/#comment-67636 Thu, 03 Mar 2011 21:17:51 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=888#comment-67636 Thanks for the pointer, I’ll check it out :-)

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Comment on Context Management at Plaxo by siob http://www.inkblurt.com/2011/02/24/context-management-at-plaxo/comment-page-1/#comment-67635 Wed, 02 Mar 2011 12:09:55 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=888#comment-67635 github.com has a ‘context switcher’. i can switch between my private view and any organization’s view i’m member of.

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Comment on Vint Cerf on Al Gore’s Internet Contribution by Susan Terrill http://www.inkblurt.com/2008/05/02/vint-cerf-on-al-gores-internet-contribution/comment-page-1/#comment-67633 Fri, 04 Feb 2011 18:24:36 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/2008/05/02/vint-cerf-on-al-gores-internet-contribution/#comment-67633 Dr David D Clark., professor at MIT.

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Comment on Designing the Engagement – About our Workshop for IA Summit by Kevin M. Hoffman http://www.inkblurt.com/2011/02/03/designing-the-engagement-about-our-workshop-for-ia-summit/comment-page-1/#comment-67632 Fri, 04 Feb 2011 16:04:37 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=864#comment-67632 Thanks for all the kind words, Andrew!

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Comment on Let’s get something straight about IA by Lonely, Mobile, Manifesto, Realign, Index [Thursday Links] « Grist Labs http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/11/10/lets-get-something-straight-about-ia/comment-page-1/#comment-67622 Thu, 18 Nov 2010 19:01:38 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=833#comment-67622 […] Manifesto WTF is IA?  Andrew Hinton lowers the boom.  In a kind, insightful way of course. Information architecture […]

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Comment on Let’s get something straight about IA by Leigh Durst http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/11/10/lets-get-something-straight-about-ia/comment-page-1/#comment-67621 Tue, 16 Nov 2010 18:08:47 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=833#comment-67621 Andrew – really nice post. Thank you.

Back in 2005 I wrote a post that asserted companies needed to employ interaction designers and information architects and engage them to support the development of cross-channel experiences –> specifically ones that transcend the digital medium. Why? Because most of the rest of the corporation doesn’t understand interaction design…information architecture, path and task analysis… etc. I believe IAs and individuals skilled in interaction design bring a unique understanding of how to organize the content and the experiences so they align and flow together. This is not a skill embodied in traditional IT, marketing, customer service, product development teams.

Perhaps this is a whole other post entirely – but addresses some of what Dave Malouf is talking about above. Pithy stuff.

Leigh

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Comment on Let’s get something straight about IA by Gabriel Lira http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/11/10/lets-get-something-straight-about-ia/comment-page-1/#comment-67620 Mon, 15 Nov 2010 21:42:50 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=833#comment-67620 the web need more people like you.. thanks!

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Comment on Let’s get something straight about IA by Lou Rosenfeld http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/11/10/lets-get-something-straight-about-ia/comment-page-1/#comment-67619 Mon, 15 Nov 2010 15:12:21 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=833#comment-67619 Thanks for a great post; I don’t agree with everything here, but there’s a lot of goodness in it, as well as in your heart–something missing from many of the discussions (or, rather, discussers) in this space over recent years. I hope to dig in further soon.

As far as another edition of the polar bear book? No way! Three was one more than was necessary. ;-) And no, it doesn’t cover everything; 500 pages is already too long for most books. (That’s not counting the 100+ pages we threw away, BTW.) That was the problem with writing the second edition–there was already too much to squeeze into a book.

Finally, I still think we spend too much energy defining the damned thing (DTDT). The most interesting work any of us does–and the most growth in any of the UX-related fields–has little relationship to or dependency upon definitions.

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Comment on Let’s get something straight about IA by Marc Van Rymenant http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/11/10/lets-get-something-straight-about-ia/comment-page-1/#comment-67618 Fri, 12 Nov 2010 20:26:23 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=833#comment-67618 Really clear… Thx to share…

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Comment on Let’s get something straight about IA by Andrew http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/11/10/lets-get-something-straight-about-ia/comment-page-1/#comment-67617 Thu, 11 Nov 2010 17:15:36 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=833#comment-67617 @ Alex D
The PB book is excellent, and has an enormous wealth of how-to information as well as great advice on how to deal with various work/design scenarios.
Actually I think it does a great job at the scope it handles; but I think the authors would agree with me that it doesn’t cover *everything* someone doing IA as their main practice should understand. Especially with cross-media/cross-context design work. Perhaps the next edition will evolve in that direction. I’m definitely looking forward to the Pervasive IA book that Andrea & Luca are working on to help move things forward even more. Oddly there is a lot of writing going on about post-web-1.0-IA but hardly anyone is calling it IA (Kuniavsky, Greenfield, et al) … though that’s coming around lately … folks are beginning to reclaim the label a bit (like Gene Smith’s recent blog post http://nform.ca/blog/2010/10/mind-your-inward-paths and Peter Morville’s talk on Ubiquitous IA http://www.slideshare.net/morville/ubiquitous-ia ) IAs have been talking about all these things for years, but were somehow afraid to call it IA … for fear of confusing people, maybe? Hopefully we’re going to change that.

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Comment on Let’s get something straight about IA by Alex Debkalyuk http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/11/10/lets-get-something-straight-about-ia/comment-page-1/#comment-67616 Thu, 11 Nov 2010 16:10:50 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=833#comment-67616 This needed to be said. Thanks, Andrew, now I have a page to bring all the haters to.

Is the polar bear book really that down to earth? :( (haven’t yet read it)

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Comment on Let’s get something straight about IA by Andrew http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/11/10/lets-get-something-straight-about-ia/comment-page-1/#comment-67615 Thu, 11 Nov 2010 14:13:18 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=833#comment-67615 @Alex I see where you’re coming from … I think … I have to say though that I really don’t look to pry anything from anyone (I do think “design” would do well to be … well, liberated from the assumption that if you say you’re a “designer” it’s a specific subset of people who design things … but that’s more of a wish-list item than anything for me). Anyway I’ve done some thinking/writing before about the identity vs role vs activity etc …
Here: http://www.inkblurt.com/2006/03/29/a-layer-model-for-the-ia-profession/
And Here: http://www.inkblurt.com/2008/05/07/a-model-for-understanding-professional-identity-and-practice/
And Here: http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/03/26/what-am-i/

Wow, evidently I think way too much about this stuff … I need a new topic …

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Comment on Let’s get something straight about IA by Alex http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/11/10/lets-get-something-straight-about-ia/comment-page-1/#comment-67614 Wed, 10 Nov 2010 22:34:54 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=833#comment-67614 So, really, we’re talking about clarifying the practice of IA vs. the title that some people give themselves vs. the domain and context such a person might dip their feet in.

Is it meaningful to call yourself IA when you’re doing project-wide design? Is it right to call yourself a UX person if you’re doing the structure and labeling of pages in a website? Is it correct to call yourself content strategist if you, indeed, do copywriting? If I don’t do wireframes nor website structure but focus more on the semantic landscape in linguistic vs. semiotic expressions of an intranet (working with organisational change, for example), am I still an IA?

I think there’s a myriad of “things we can and do do” that belongs in all of the various design camps, but claiming a specific title means something about the focus of our work. Some times I’m a UX guy (usually if I’m whipping existing stuff into usable shape), other times IA (working with more semantics and structuring of information), and then project manager, designer, content strategist, usability researcher, usability designer, information manager, interaction designer, UI designer … the list goes on. I think these titles we choose is not for describing the job we specifically do to the client, but simply is a moniker we use amongst ourselves in describing what part of a bigger problem we’re focusing on a little bit more than all the other things we probably do as well.

Everything is IA. Everything is UX. Everything is, really, content strategy. All we’re doing is trying to pry the “designer” moniker away from the graphic designers, probably unsuccessfully.

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Comment on Let’s get something straight about IA by Andrew http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/11/10/lets-get-something-straight-about-ia/comment-page-1/#comment-67613 Wed, 10 Nov 2010 21:56:30 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=833#comment-67613 @dave I get what you’re saying there … personally I’m not interested in making more IAs (i.e. people who self-identify as IAs). In fact I’m happy to see a lot of people change their self-identification over the years to UX-whatever or IxD or Content Strategist, etc … because then the people left calling themselves IAs (i.e. that’s their center of gravity for professional identity) are the ones who hopefully get some of the stuff we’re trying to articulate. But, again, whether they do or not is less my concern than doing good work.
My primary aim in continuing to articulate this is not to win people into a camp, or gain market share (or, god forbid, “land grab” … ugh) … but to get us on the same page about a very important area of practice that needs to be better understood so the stuff we make is *better.*
I admire, for example, the Content Strategy folks who are doing a great job of promoting, explaining and shaping the understanding of a very important practice that is evolving and coming into its own before our eyes … of course it’s not the only thing those people can do or ever do … but it’s a big enough issue that it needs a name, and needs its contours described well enough so that people can point at it and say: look, your Content Strategy sucks! Get someone who knows how to do that! That person may not self-identify as a content strategist … but they hopefully care enough about it that they have deep understanding & expertise there. Those lovely people are beating the drum explaining the value of CS, what it *isn’t* (which is very important — i.e. it’s not “copywriting” on a larger scale, etc).
I’m just trying to do the same for information architecture. Not necessarily for “information architects” — whether people call themselves that or not is frankly none of my business. But if they do, all the better — it makes it easier to find people with similar obsessions, so we can drink together and not annoy everyone else with our DTDT ramblings ;-)

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Comment on Let’s get something straight about IA by Dave Malouf http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/11/10/lets-get-something-straight-about-ia/comment-page-1/#comment-67612 Wed, 10 Nov 2010 21:35:57 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=833#comment-67612 I think we are speaking at extremes & that isn’t helpful.

Information Architect is a real job.
Information Rchitecture is a real discipline
IAs (this is the important part) do MORE than Information Architecture.

This last point is the important 1.

But I will extend further…
1. In the grand scheme of things there will never be a comparative critical mass of as titled IAs or even UXers compared to Graphic/Visual/Communication Designers. Or IxDs compared to Interactive, Web, Industrial, etc.

I have always been of the opinion that it would be more powerful to build the disciplines (IA & IxD alike) over the professions. The disciplines by their nature have to be transitive to a host of practices beyond either’s core practices & communities.

If you really want to so,ve the bad IA problem, then teach IA to those doing a bad job of it, instead of creating more IAs. It will beinfiniteky mire effective towards our mutual goals of designing kick ass experiences that both meet the needs, wants, desire of human beings while fitting their cultural, social & biological realities (blah blah blah).

Something like that.

This isn’t to say that there is not going to continue to be core practicing IAs or IxDs. Of course there will be.

– Dave

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Comment on Let’s get something straight about IA by Andrew http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/11/10/lets-get-something-straight-about-ia/comment-page-1/#comment-67611 Wed, 10 Nov 2010 19:47:04 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=833#comment-67611 @ Peter: thanks! yeah definitely was a hairball I needed to clear. *cough*

@ Richard: Facebook has historically been full of things similar to the Google fiasco. Flickr is an interesting success-then-oversight example: making a simple, tiered structure for friends, plus the folksonomy aspect for organizing one’s pictures (and exposing it for discoverability), and easy ways to get photos into the site (email them, upload them from just about anything, etc) … all contextual-connection wins. But then Twitter seemed to catch them flat-footed, and a dozen picture services have outstripped them for casual picture sharing on the fly.
I know I’ve run into others, but can’t recall at the moment — maybe we should start a list someplace? :-)

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Comment on Let’s get something straight about IA by Richard Dalton http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/11/10/lets-get-something-straight-about-ia/comment-page-1/#comment-67610 Wed, 10 Nov 2010 18:21:11 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=833#comment-67610 Andrew, brilliant – you should write one of these every year … oh you have ;-)

The Google Buzz example you gave in your response to Dave is very powerful. More examples of people applying (or not) this IA thinking to good (or bad) effect would be great, do you have any more?

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Comment on Let’s get something straight about IA by Peter Morville http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/11/10/lets-get-something-straight-about-ia/comment-page-1/#comment-67609 Wed, 10 Nov 2010 16:53:30 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=833#comment-67609 Brilliant post Andrew! We (and you) needed that :-)

Dave, please re-read point 5.

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Comment on Let’s get something straight about IA by Andrew http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/11/10/lets-get-something-straight-about-ia/comment-page-1/#comment-67608 Wed, 10 Nov 2010 16:46:36 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=833#comment-67608 @ Andrea: thanks! Can’t wait to see the book — it’ll be an important step forward.

@ Jennifer: I really appreciate the encouragement, thank you :-)

@ Dave: I disagree of course. There’s a lot of really bad design happening out there because of an ignorance of what IA practice can bring to the table. (e.g. Google is getting sued over Buzz because why? They made bad assumptions about the contextual experience & appropriateness in connection of email vs chat vs publishing vs “friend” etc). If you teach IA as an important element of design, then you recognize it as existing in some form. Sounds to me like we mostly agree. Your beef seems to be more with someone going the extra step to think of IA as a professional identity … that we should all just call ourselves “designers.” But that’s a little like saying “don’t call it an apple … it’s just food!” or “don’t call yourself human, you’re just a mammal!” Doctors don’t call themselves “doctors” to one another — they’d be perceived as imbeciles by their peers. Scientists don’t tell other scientists “I’m a scientist” — they say what kind of scientist they are. People have a need to identify with a subset — it’s only natural. You can pretend as if everyone should just call themselves “designers” but it ain’t gonna happen (even if they do it, they’ll likely be assuming everyone knows what subset of Design they’re referring to). Sounds like you’re the one who may have some letting go to do?

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Comment on Let’s get something straight about IA by Andrew http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/11/10/lets-get-something-straight-about-ia/comment-page-1/#comment-67607 Wed, 10 Nov 2010 16:14:54 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=833#comment-67607 @ Kate
I do believe that all practitioner communities go through identity shifts & evolution, or else, frankly, they’re probably dead as practices anyway. One sign of a living community is the ongoing conversation about the nature of what it is they do. Even, as you say, lawyers and such.
I think a lot of us have anxiety about what we call ourselves in our professions because we want respect and recognition, but we also want people to understand what we do. So much of what we do in this field is still too new for that to happen just yet. (Although, honestly, even though we hear “doctor” and give it some respect, how many of us know what a given doctor does other than a vague sense of “medical stuff”?) [I wrote some more about this identity issue back in March, btw: http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/03/26/what-am-i/%5D
Thanks a lot for the comment!

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Comment on Let’s get something straight about IA by Andrew http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/11/10/lets-get-something-straight-about-ia/comment-page-1/#comment-67606 Wed, 10 Nov 2010 16:10:13 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=833#comment-67606 @ Jorge thanks! very encouraging :-)

@ Antonio I agree that’s a big part of moving things along — and I’m trying to do my part with it as well.

@ Jeff it’s a privilege to work in such a multidisciplinary, rapidly evolving field: designing for people living with these history-shifting technologies. It’s a huge thrill to learn from people who come at the work from different angles & perspectives.

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Comment on Let’s get something straight about IA by Andrew http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/11/10/lets-get-something-straight-about-ia/comment-page-1/#comment-67605 Wed, 10 Nov 2010 16:05:11 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=833#comment-67605 @ Alex
Thanks. I don’t think “designer” is an evil moniker though. It’s a great term (and information architecture is certainly a design discipline).
As for nailing it down more – see the links I embedded in the first sentences of the post — I’ve done (I think) a better job of explaining these points in those writings.
In sum: yes, information architecture is design, but it’s not all of design — it’s a specific area of design that’s become more essential since the explosion of the networked information layer we live in.
Honestly I think it’s the sort of thing that, once someone sees what I mean, it’s clear — but it’s awfully hard getting the frame to shift for people who don’t see it yet.

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Comment on Let’s get something straight about IA by Dave Malouf http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/11/10/lets-get-something-straight-about-ia/comment-page-1/#comment-67604 Wed, 10 Nov 2010 15:29:02 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=833#comment-67604 I really appreciate your caution with language, Andrew. You are a semantic wizard.

Unlike your peers above though, I feel you wasted your time.
There is nothing new here. All you’ve done is express the argument for BigIA instead of LittleIA. It’s the same thing you could have written back when Morville originally did all those years ago.

The difference is that the ship has sailed. DESIGN has come in and taken over as the single paradigm for everything leaving IA in the dust to just be little IA once and for all, b/c any slippery slope is in fact that, slippery and just leads you down to the well of everything is creation and HOW you do that creation is what defines you: engineering, business, design, etc.

What I constantly read from the IAI folks who maintain a very close position like yourself, above, is the syndrome of “I have hammer. I have a GREAT hammer. What can I do with it?” There are a ton of things that one can do w/ the skills of an traditional (little IA) that can apply to many facets of life. That does not mean that what they do with those skills is always the output of information architecture. Which is the way of expressing that you can define the discipline by its activities or you define it by its output, or more importantly you can define it by the overlap of activities and activities. Once you separarte the activities from the output you enter the realm of the slippery slope you’ve entered in your own admitted semantic debate.

Now before you go all hog wild about this IxD person treading here and doing exactly what I’m claiming you do. Notice above I did not place any juxtaposition with IxD. I can care less at this point. Design is transdisciplinary end of story. There is no single design practice, discipline, or even community that does everything, and doesn’t do everything. The same slippery slope argument can be easily applied to IxD, ID, GD, Arch, etc.

Instead of defining activities, I have been concentrating on output. What makes a GREAT interaction? What is interaction? What are the aesthetics of interaction.

THAT is where I would challenge IAs to go. Define information? great information? meaningful? understood? transformative? influential? etc.? What is a “right” IA? Is saying “that works” enough? The how you get there is so influenced by so many different sources that there is no way to say that THIS practice owns anything any more.

I teach IxD b/c I believe that all forms of designers need to understand the intrinsic properties of behavior. I teach IA because information, narrative, semiotics, etc. are some of the containers that behavior transcends.

there is no way to create any experience without either of these (and other) attributes.

So in the immortal words of Mr. Anderson (aka Neo): “There is no IA.”
In other words, like the Matrix itself it is just a metaphor, that we can only apply so long as its extension doesn’t break. It is the end of semantics. We’ve reached the point as designers that NONE Of our paths are meaningful except as communication tools. They are limited, and we have to let the limitations go instead of holding onto them.

— dave

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Comment on Let’s get something straight about IA by jennifer b http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/11/10/lets-get-something-straight-about-ia/comment-page-1/#comment-67603 Wed, 10 Nov 2010 15:13:07 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=833#comment-67603 Well done! Your ability to communicate & your eloquence is important- don’t underestimate that value. Please keep sharing. :-)

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Comment on Let’s get something straight about IA by Andrea Resmini http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/11/10/lets-get-something-straight-about-ia/comment-page-1/#comment-67602 Wed, 10 Nov 2010 15:06:45 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=833#comment-67602 Brilliant post. Thanks for sharing, Andrew.

I wanted to add one small note to #2 (under Why does it need to be explained), the one about the various views on IA, as that’s one of the things we try to formalize in the Pervasive Information Architecture book.

We traced down and documented three different sources: information design (the Wurmanites as you say); information science (the Polar Bear), and information systems (coming from the 1980s, and currently mostly concerned with EIA).
We see those as intertwining threads in a long-running (at least longer than we usually think, as we explain the book) development of what we could call classic IA.
What you articulate above is the new, emerging idea of IA as a design layer across environments which has been shaping up in the past 4-5 years, and posts such as this one are definitely going to help clarify our vision.

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Comment on Let’s get something straight about IA by Kate Simpson http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/11/10/lets-get-something-straight-about-ia/comment-page-1/#comment-67601 Wed, 10 Nov 2010 14:47:57 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=833#comment-67601 brilliant post – spesh this quote: “…start understanding [our-]selves as points on a spectrum rather than mutually exclusive identities.”

I often see myself with just my toes in the water of IA/UX (y’see what I did there – I lumped ’em together), as if there was this big lake of The One True Identity That Is IA. Whereas if we could all just identify that our experience, expertise and skills are moulded by the work that we each do and is therefore just a small part of what IA could be then we might all just get on a little more ;). Points on a spectrum (or stepping stones across the lake) allows us to broaden the scope of what we do for our clients but still make connections with each other to feel part of a community.

The IA I do for law firms is nothing like (on a day-to-day practical/operational front) the work I used to do for an agency. But the IA concepts and practices I employ, and the pretty IA deliverables I create, are the same. I want to believe that still allows me to be in your gang.

Thx.

Oh! I also just wanted to support your evolution point above – legal services are also going through a bit of an evolution with the work they produce, the approaches they use, and the engagements they take on. Are they going to stop calling themselves lawyers? Not on your nelly.

Perhaps the issue for us is just the umbrella term – the great thing for other professions is that they created the term ‘doctor’, ‘lawyer’, ‘architect’, that meant people really really (really) wanted to join the profession. We haven’t been so adept at creating The Profession Everyone Wants To Belong To (yet – as you reason above)…

k8

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Comment on Let’s get something straight about IA by Jeff Parks http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/11/10/lets-get-something-straight-about-ia/comment-page-1/#comment-67600 Wed, 10 Nov 2010 13:52:47 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=833#comment-67600 Great article Andrew. I’ve said in the past if we put an IA, IxD, Graphic Designer, CEO, etc in a room and drew a picture of a product or a service all of these professions could build it. The only real difference, without diving into semantics, would the process they work through to get to that specific / desired end state.

The effect of the drama that has been created has a fundamental issue that has hurt us all.. the opportunity to learn from other processes / approaches to problems. I’m an Information Architect… but the processes and tools that have shaped the discipline to this point are only but a few I use in my work as an IA.

I’ve learned from so many different professionals within and outside the IA industry over the years and that has allowed me to be far more creative than I could have ever dreamed if I had not had such privileges; but you have to seek those out and want to learn; not just sit back and criticize others.

As you say… move on. Move on to bigger and better things!

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Comment on Let’s get something straight about IA by Antonio http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/11/10/lets-get-something-straight-about-ia/comment-page-1/#comment-67599 Wed, 10 Nov 2010 13:50:59 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=833#comment-67599 As always clear!
Especially “Leaders in the community have the responsibility to push the practice’s understanding of itself forward” could be considered a pillar of the issue discussed.

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Comment on Let’s get something straight about IA by Jorge http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/11/10/lets-get-something-straight-about-ia/comment-page-1/#comment-67598 Wed, 10 Nov 2010 11:25:09 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=833#comment-67598 Brilliant and super clear, as always. I’ve been using the “spaces made of language” idea to explain what I do to prospects, and it seems to make a lot of sense to them. This is a very useful perspective into our work.

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Comment on Let’s get something straight about IA by Alex http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/11/10/lets-get-something-straight-about-ia/comment-page-1/#comment-67597 Wed, 10 Nov 2010 05:04:58 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=833#comment-67597 Yeah, baby! The stuff that makes me follow you on twitter.

However, what you say often sounds like “designers with a linguistic twist”, but surely there’s more coming to pin it down and make it distinct from the evils of the designer moniker, right? In fact, your point 3.3 should be your 1.1 and the basis for everything; I like it the best.

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Comment on A few thoughts on the IA Institute by Mario Bourque http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/09/09/a-few-thoughts-on-the-ia-institute/comment-page-1/#comment-67529 Thu, 09 Sep 2010 17:24:19 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=818#comment-67529 I like the Jiu Jitsu reference. I think a lot of people that run for the board would make great initiative leaders. I think the board members don’t focus on being board members. You’re not the contractor, you’re the foreman.

I don’t want anyone to think it’s a cakewalk, because it isn’t; you do a lot of work and it is pretty much selfless – most of the time anyway.

The $40 argument is old and stupid. An organization is nothing without the blood seat and tears of it’s people. I’ve volunteered along with a several dozen over the years. These are good people. With 2000? members, the membership can do better. The IAI is what the membership makes of it. They are the ones that elect the board. They are the ones who choose the future direction. It’s too bad that they can’t also volunteer en mass to help shape the IAI of the future. There are too few people doing too many things. You have lives, we have lives. If the load is distributed, things get done. Board members should be overseers. Much like the Canadian Government, they should act as “department ministers” commanding a staff (in this case a group of volunteers).

“The IAI supports individuals and organizations specializing in the design and construction of shared information environments”

I think the IAI has evolved and should rethink it’s manifesto. The governance model also has to change. The board dynamic changes every year with new people coming in and out. A year is not enough to build a cohesive group that will attack things and do what it takes to run an organization.

I’ve read the candidate profiles and see a lot of “if I am elected, what I would do is”. It’s not about what you do as individuals, it’s what you do as a group. Most of the new board (hopefully all – nod to Andrei) will be together for 2 years, unless they choose to bail for whatever reason. That is a good chunk of time to move things along. Find new revenue streams, develop programs, start cataloging knowledge. The reality is that as long as we (humans) are curious and have a thirst for information and knowledge, IA will always be around. Think of all the places where IA is applicable in your daily life.

I think this is a pivotal time and a great opportunity IF the new board chooses to take it.

That’s all I have left to say about that.

Just because I’m not renewing my membership does not mean I’m giving up on the organization. I’m merely taking an indefinite vacation. Planning to spend much more time with my children instead.

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Comment on Ch ch ch changes by Andrew http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/06/11/chchchanges/comment-page-1/#comment-67526 Thu, 22 Jul 2010 15:30:51 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=810#comment-67526 Andrew,

Congrats, Andrew! I very briefly worked with MacQuarium last year. They’re an awesome bunch of people that do great work. I’m excited to see what comes of it.

Also, if you’re around the Atlanta area , want to meet up? I’d be happy to arrange a tour or show you some nice restaurants.

Happy (belated) travels!
-Andrew

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Comment on Courageous Redirection by 5 Lessons for iPad App. Design | Sandler Techworks http://www.inkblurt.com/2009/09/25/courageous-redirection/comment-page-1/#comment-67521 Sun, 04 Jul 2010 03:30:54 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=765#comment-67521 […] it was lacking and had to scratch it and start over. She cited Andrew Hinton’s post on Courageous Redirection, which talks about projects that were made better because they were […]

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Comment on Omni Magazine Shrine by Susan Murrell http://www.inkblurt.com/2003/08/04/omni-magazine/comment-page-4/#comment-67519 Sat, 26 Jun 2010 01:29:40 +0000 http://inkblurt.com/?p=75#comment-67519 Hello Jakie Stuart,

I would be very interested in your husband’s OMNI collection. Do you have an e-mail address I could reach you at? Thanks!!! Susan-Lexington, KY

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Comment on Omni Magazine Shrine by Jakie Stuart http://www.inkblurt.com/2003/08/04/omni-magazine/comment-page-3/#comment-67517 Sat, 19 Jun 2010 19:00:00 +0000 http://inkblurt.com/?p=75#comment-67517 I have a complete set of omni mags that my husband collected he died in 2008 and I thought somebody might be interested in them please advise soonest as clearing house.

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Comment on Ch ch ch changes by Art Hopkins http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/06/11/chchchanges/comment-page-1/#comment-67516 Sun, 13 Jun 2010 00:17:13 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=810#comment-67516 Welcome to Macquarium – looking forward to having you join us!

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Comment on Ch ch ch changes by Jody http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/06/11/chchchanges/comment-page-1/#comment-67515 Sat, 12 Jun 2010 15:27:14 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=810#comment-67515 Woo! Congrats on jumpin ship! Onwards and upwards :-)

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Comment on Ch ch ch changes by Michael http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/06/11/chchchanges/comment-page-1/#comment-67514 Sat, 12 Jun 2010 15:12:26 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=810#comment-67514 Congrats and best of luck on the move, Andrew.

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Comment on Ch ch ch changes by Dan Brown http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/06/11/chchchanges/comment-page-1/#comment-67512 Fri, 11 Jun 2010 21:16:37 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=810#comment-67512 Sincerest congrats and best of luck with the new endeavor! They’re lucky to have you!

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Comment on What am I? by Keith Instone http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/03/26/what-am-i/comment-page-1/#comment-67507 Sun, 02 May 2010 18:25:20 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=798#comment-67507 Just like the information spaces we help architect, people are multi-faceted. We need to be better at using our language to make that clearer. Like, for example, when someone asks “Who are you, Andrew?” now, you might say “married” and I am not sure your wife cares about the job title (maybe the salary, tho). (^:

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Comment on Linkosophy by Guia para Principiante en Arquitectura de información | Ciberdix 2.0 :: Blog Creativo!! http://www.inkblurt.com/2008/04/15/linkosophy/comment-page-1/#comment-67506 Fri, 30 Apr 2010 16:11:49 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/2008/04/15/linkosophy/#comment-67506 […] Andrew Hinton en Linkosophy […]

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Comment on What am I? by xian http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/03/26/what-am-i/comment-page-1/#comment-67385 Wed, 14 Apr 2010 20:47:16 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=798#comment-67385 wait, there was beer!?

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Comment on The UX Tribe by Partial Recall » Lay Your Weapons Down and Celebrate http://www.inkblurt.com/2009/02/11/the-ux-tribe/comment-page-1/#comment-67336 Wed, 14 Apr 2010 16:48:54 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=652#comment-67336 […] A. (Feb 11, 2009). The UX Tribe. Hinton, A. (Mar 26, 2010). What am I? Klyn, D. (Mar 19, 2010). There is no such thing as Jesse […]

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Comment on The Machineries of Context & the Journal of IA by inkblurt · What am I? http://www.inkblurt.com/2009/05/05/journalofia/comment-page-1/#comment-65689 Thu, 08 Apr 2010 18:52:50 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=680#comment-65689 […] 1. My interests and skills in the universe that is Design tack heavily toward using information to create structured systems for human experience. I’m obsessed with the design challenges that come from linking things that couldn’t be linked before the Internet — creating habitats out of digital raw material. That, to me, is the heart of information architecture. […]

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Comment on What am I? by Andrea Resmini http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/03/26/what-am-i/comment-page-1/#comment-62141 Fri, 26 Mar 2010 18:54:48 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=798#comment-62141 Thanks, Andrew. Very well said and very much needed, I think. Looking forward to that beer as well. :)

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Comment on What am I? by Wildly Appropriate » Blog Archive » LEONARD COHEN VS. JESSE JAMES GARRETT http://www.inkblurt.com/2010/03/26/what-am-i/comment-page-1/#comment-62120 Fri, 26 Mar 2010 17:17:31 +0000 http://www.inkblurt.com/?p=798#comment-62120 […] Hinton published a blog entry today on these very same topics of professional and personal identity, and I’d like to […]

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