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25 Hours with Richard Saul Wurman
By Dan Klyn
After accompanying Mr. Wurman to three speaking engagements in Grand Rapids, Dan identifies a thread that connects RSW’s talks all the way back to his original TED gatherings.
Developer versus IA
Joe shares the challenges of being both a developer and the information architect of the same project. Can it be done? SHOULD it be done?
TUG TALK TAKEAWAYS
Mental Modeling for Content Work
Daniel gives a crash course in contextual inquiry, affinity diagramming, developing personas,and mental modeling. These slides, which accompanied his two-day workshop at ConFab,provide a high-level view of the process.
Contextual Inquiry, Work Modeling, and Analysis from the Center for Dental Informatics at University of Pittsburgh
Speaking of crash courses, we thought you might enjoy the 13-minute video produced by the University of Pittsburgh that inspired Daniel, who kindly shared.
Webinar: Persona Development 101
Learn why personas are a proven tool for overcoming our internal biases and understanding what it takes to provide a great experience for multiple audiences. Co-presented with Rubenstein Tech for the Ruby Law Thought Leadership Series by Jessica DuVerneay, Kris McNeil, and Daniel Eizans.
ARTICLES WE’RE READING
How to Make a Concept Model
By Christina Wodke
UX community treasure Christina Wodtke taps into the work and wisdom from some of the community’s leading teachers of the craft (as well as a couple of us honored-to-be-included TUG folk) to show her how they would approach crafting a particular concept model. She tells an engaging story and shows how their styles merge and diverge, and how she learns from all of their approaches along the way.
Andrew Hinton notes how “so many said they prefer to work through concepts with circles, blobs, or other simple shapes, which I found validating since I’ve always preferred that, too. In Stephen Anderson’s words, “I always start with circles because edges mean something….Circles leave room for play.” Right on, Stephen! Enjoy this lovely gift from Christina, and while you’re at it, keep browsing at Boxes and Arrows, a vital organ of UX knowledge.”
Exploring the Phase-Space of Information Architecture
By Marsha Haverty
This one goes deep, and well it should: how can and should we twiddle the dials of linguistic and perceptual information in the work we do toward understanding? As Haverty breaks it down for us in this three-part series for Thomas Wendt’s new online journal Praxicum, the answer might have something to do with “phase-space.” When people work with water, the approaches are different in the phase-space of ice than the phase-space of vapor. Is there a similar sensibility in our work with information?
The Present and Future of Information Architecture
By Timothy Jaeger
Jaeger wonders whether the job of an Information Architect has been problematized by the rise of UX design, and asks Peter Morville, “founding father” of Information Architecture and TUG advisor, about where the field is headed.
By Karen McGrane
While Peter Morville speaks of our being in the “era of service ecosystems” in his interview with Timothy Jaeger, in this post, McGrane explores the implications of creating content that has to live in multiple places within these ecosystems. Now that the “preview button is a lie,” she makes the case that “the form that content takes depends as much on CMS as on CSS.”
June 11-13 – Charleston, SC
DUMB by Dan Klyn
June 26 – Detroit
Ducks, Weenies, and Decorated Sheds by Dan Klyn
September 25-26 – Chicago
Because of McLuhan by Dan Klyn
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