Information Design and the Web 1

Inspired by John Zeratsky although I seem to have headed off with my own train of thought. Part 1 of 2 INFORMATION DESIGN – Sounds ominous, right? But it’s not. In fact it’s so everyday you probably don’t realise it’s affecting you every single minute of every single day. First things first though. What is “information design”? One of the best explanations I’ve come across is by Nathan Shedroff who states: The processes involved in solving problems, responding to audiences, and communicating to others are similar enough [across differing communication tools] to consider them identical … These issues apply across all types of media and experiences, because they directly address the phenomena of information overload, information anxiety, media literacy, media …

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Orwellian

George Orwell, in Why I Write, suggested that there are “four great motives for writing”: Sheer egoism Aesthetic enthusiasm Historical impulse Political purpose Obviously there are many other more subtle reasons for wanting to write but on the whole I tend to agree. Obviously Georgie, as I like to call him (he hates it though), was talking about writing professionally and most certainly was not talking about blogging; which is understandable as he’d been dead for almost forty years before it had even been considered. However I’m quite taken by his reasoning and I think it still holds true today, writing is still writing even if the publishing format has changed very VERY dramatically. So let’s see if we can …

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Simplicity achieved?

The rise and rise of products like Apple’s iPod and applications like Firefox and Flickr have gotten me thinking. What do those products have in common? Simplicity. They aren’t bogged down with hundreds of options and all provide a basic service that people want and provide it well. Flickr is possibly an exception as once you start digging it can be very powerful and complex, but if you just want to upload some snaps and share them with friends it is simple. So, is the popularity of these products down to their simplicity? Are we all just sick of bloated software that takes minutes to start up, and has hundreds of features we never use? Are we sick of the …

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Z List

This has been languishing in draft status for a while – given Jason Kottke’s recent news (see next post) I thought now was as good a time to post it as any. I’ve been pondering, amongst other things, the recent Bloggies, and the whole “A list” bloggers thing. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ll never join the upper echelons of the blogeratti, nor will I receive a Bloggies nomination because I’m not focussed. I waffle about too many things in too disjointed a fashion. Lack of consistency possibly (but you could never fault me for lack of content). WHY am I pondering this? Well, at this very point in time I have three rather lengthy posts in draft state. …

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