Category Archives: social design

Experience Design: Reasonable Conclusions

[Note: I have tried to distill a set of ideas about the kind of design that I am most used to doing. Much of these ideas are based on other smarter people’s work. This is more of an exercise in putting down what makes sense to me than advocating for a particular approach, which depends, […]

Apple’s iBooks Author Does not Create a Book

After almost a thousand years of trying it out, I think it’s safe to say that the book as a way of publishing things is a success. Yet all the things that make books work are being abandoned in the latest tool to make ebooks. A “book” still means something made out of paper-like material; […]

design and agile

New methods for managing people making Web sites are big these days, with the most popular being Agile. Basically it boils down to making a small team of builders completely responsible for a project, and enforcing constant communication as people work on it in well-defined chunks. There are many engineer/programmer proponents for this, but few […]

Republican House Districts Emit More Carbon per Capita

Shown are U.S. House districts (average population of 650,000 people), red for Republican and blue for Democrats, with districts that emitted more carbon per capita last year shown in darker colors. I discovered project “Vulcan” at Purdue University, which is mapping carbon emissions on a detailed level in the US; very cool. I wondered whether […]

sharable media design convergence

Twitter, Friendfeed, and Facebook have seemingly converged on what has become the major reason to be connected to others on a social network: sharing short updates, links, photos, etc. A concept for mozilla’s Firefox also looks similar, and lifts ideas from iTunes to help organize things. The designs share some major elements: Publisher an area […]

don’t hate the designers

Douglas Bowman had to quit Google, and Valleywag explains it all for you (to hell with Owen!). I had a similar experience at Yahoo, so I’m only surprised Douglas lasted this long. The comments on Valleywag are really sad though; a palpable hostility towards “precious,” “childish,” “short-sighted” designers (you can look for yourself, I’m not […]

New York Times Election Results: County by County

Beautiful maps from the New York Times (Times Digital) team!

getting a feel for what’s out there in the world

There are lots of bits and pieces of information around that seem to tell you about what’s going on in the world, but even the best of these are, finally, someone’s subjective judgement call, what they think is happening. They may be professionals, etc., but I want to get a feel for myself of what’s […]

twittercloud, a new ersatz startup!

Ok, I hate tag clouds. With a passion. Never again. But, since I was sorta happy with the term frequency normalization thing I was working on, I figured what the heck (the road to heck is paved with half-assed text analysis). And another thing, aren’t there like, 2,810,000 (and one) twitter clouds out there? But […]

man I wish I could go to this

It’s worth it just for the illustration, a neat summary of collective intelligence approaches. The course has 2 phases: Network Structure and Network Dynamics. The first phase focuses on networks as static entities. It is based on the Graph Theory and concerned with the structure. The second phase focuses on the processes taking place in […]