ASIS&T 2001 Summit, Feb 3-4: Reflections and Projections Panel

Peter Merholz has posted notes from the "Reflections and Projections Panel" of the 2001 ASIS&T Summit 2001. "At the ASIS&T 2001 Summit on "Practicing Information Architecture," I had the pleasure of sitting on the Reflections and Projections Panel with Andrew Dillon, Andrea Gallagher, and Alison Head, where we were tasked to discuss "the past, present, and future of information architecture." (P. Merholz) Available online:

Presentations from ASIS Summit 2001

Presentations from ASIS&T Summit 2001: "Practicing Information Architecture".

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webreference review: "Designing Easy-to-use Websites: A Hands-on Approach to

webreference review of the book "Designing Easy-to-use Websites" by Vanessa Donelly, from ibm's ease-of-use division. the review summarizes Donnely's thesis and includes an annotated list of usability tips excepted from the book.

"Jakob Nielsen has one. Jeffrey Veen has one. Steve Krug has one. Even Andy King has one. What the heck am I talking about? A usability checklist of course. These usability heuristics are guidelines for more usable sites and the big names in usability these days all seem to allude to lists they use (Jakob's is reportedly over 220 items long). The newest entry into the usability derby is IBM's Vanessa Donnelly. We review her new book Designing Easy-to-use Websites."


Interview with Vanessa Donelly available:

Why You Need to Test Your Web Site with Real Users article suggesting how to conduct user testing.

"Usability isn't sexy, but it certainly is becoming hot lately. With the mainstream press (U.S. News & World Report, Jan. 15, 2001) featuring cover stories on simplicity over complexity, you know it has arrived. Developers are learning that simple and streamlined are in, and complex and feature-laden are out. Just look at the Mac, or the Palm pilot, these products are models of elegance and simplicity. Lois Wakeman looks at various ways to assess your site's usability. Learn how to improve your site's usablility by testing real-live users."


Who Says Design Should Be Simple?

Andy Ihnatko discusses what he calls, the most important book of the year -- Jakob Nielsen's book "Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity" -- in his design column on"What makes this book a cut above others promoting design simplicity is that Nielsen clobbers you over the head with this gospel. He quotes actual studies, and, more emphatically, cites example after example (mostly negative) of pages designed by one of those kids whose box of 128 Crayolas each were worn down exactly the same amount. ... In my opinion, what makes it the most important book of the year is the fact that it's a brilliant reference mark. Every year, hundreds of books are published that help us exploit technology, but only a handful help us think about it." Available:

Built 2 Order

Roger C. Parker's IA article from Publish magazine discusses how to make the transition from graphic designer to IA. Includes Parker's "10 Commandments of Information Architecture".Available:

Usability Experts are from Mars, Graphic designers are from Venus

Curt Cloninger's Information architecture vs. design article from alistapart.comAvailable:

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