Conferences and events

IA Summit 2003

Well, Portland was amazing. Ignoring the riot troops headquarted at the conference hotel and the helicopters overhead, the conference proceeded without much worry.

Trip reports and commentary from:

The PowerPoint presentations for the IA Summit are being collected on the conference site - look for the "PowerPoint Presentation" link by the name of the talk.

Also, the Asilomar Institute has posted the presentations and rough notes from its preconference seminar.

Presentations for the IA Tools panel.
(if you find others, post them in the comments and I'll add them here)

IA Summit Blogging

A request for Summit Attendees: If you've got field reports from the IA Summit, it would be great if you could post links in the comments here. Thanks!

Also, I just ran into Adam and Joshua's Community IA Summit Blog. I set up a CHIBlog for 2001, and while it didn't get as much participation as I'd hoped, I had a lot of fun. I think collaborative conference blogging has great potential, and hope to see some interesting insights from attendees...whether it's a link to your own site in the comments, posting on the Summit community blog, or otherwise.

I'm off to Portland tomorrow, so providing I clear customs I hope to see many of you there. Blogging will be intermittent at best 'til Tuesday next week.

SXSW: The Future of User Centered Design

Jesse James Garrett, Molly Steenson, and Marc Rettig had a good time talking about the future of user centered design. (thanks blackbeltjones) pixelcharmer also points to Lia's notes.

Lou Rosenfeld and Steve Krug roadshow.

They're each offering full day workshops in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and Chicago. Krug's are the day after Rosenfeld's.

Lou's tackling the ugly problem of creating unified IA across departments and business units in large organizations in Enterprise IA: Because Users Don't Care About Your Org Chart and Steve offers Don't Make Me Think: The Workshop

I'm particularly impressed by Steve's comment about Lou's workshop:

If you're involved in a large, politics-ridden enterprise site (does the word “silo” ring a bell?), you owe it to yourself and your company to spend a day with Lou—even more than with me.

Door of Perception 7: Flow

there is literally a wealth of fascinating presentation material and cutting edge theory of experience design to be found in the collected talks available online from the Doors 7: Flow conference

this one by London's Design Council on Humanising Technology was particularly intriguing

Design Council's Humanising Technology effort

Design creates space for common language between disciplines.

One company we are working with is developing highly complex software for large businesses in the energy industry. The company moved from being knowledge consultants in the industry to developers of a new technology that will allow real time financial modelling. Even before they have a UI the small, highly specialised team realised that there was no shared representation of the technology and therefore different perceptions of the benefits it will bring.

AIfIA to Host Leadership Seminar March 21 in Portland

AIfIA is holding its first Leadership Seminar on March 21 in Portland. It's a full-day event--presented in conjunction with the ASIS&T IA Summit -- that promises to tackle "the toughest problems faced by the designers of today's information systems." The AIfIA web site has complete details on the seminar, speakers and topics.

ASIST IA Summit 2003, Portland Oregon

Going to the ASIST IA Summit 2003 in Portland Oregon? The conference web site is up.

Dublin Core Conference 2003

Just saw the call for papers for the 2003 Dublin Core Conference(Seattle, WA) that will be held September 29 - October 2, 2003.

The Infrastructures of Digital Design

The Infrastructures of Digital Design: Thinking/Building/Living
University of California, San Diego
Friday, January 31st – Sunday, February 2nd, 2003

Practical Taxonomies: Stop Searching - Start Finding

My office mates, Dave Goessling and Raphael Lasar, are giving the presentation, "Creating and implementing an effective taxonomy" at ARK Group's taxonomy seminar at Le Parker Meridien in New York, NY on 18-20 November 2002. A PDF for the "Practical Taxonomies" seminar is available for the rest of the program from ARK's conferences page. Other speakers include Amy Warner and knowledge managers from various financial institutions, government agencies, and other large corporations.

Evidence-based usability guidelines

Tonight I attended a great presentation by the leads on the usability.gov project. (Despite the .gov domain, this is not a government-specific site.)

They really sold me on the use of evidence-based guidelines for making site design decisions. One of the many interesting points: practitioners tend to view their own experience-based usability guidelines as being strongly supported by research-- even if the research isn't there. We can point to research-based guidelines to resolve the inevitable conflicts that arise when many different parties (internal and external) bring differing design experiences to a project.

Currently there are 50 guidelines on the usability.gov site; by the end of this year 200+ will be posted. Awesome.

usability.gov/guidelines

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