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UXCampLondon

Posted in events by solle on 29/05/2009

The date and venue for UXCampLondon has been announced. It will be held in Richmond at the ebay and Gumtree offices on the 22 August between 10am and 7pm.

uxcamplondon

Anyone involved or interested in any aspects of user experience design / interaction design / information architecture / usability both online or offline please note the date in your diary.

Paraphasing TheRulesOfBarcamp:

  • You do talk about BarCamp.
  • You do blog about BarCamp.
  • No pre-scheduled presentations, no tourists.
  • Presentations will go on as long as they have to or until they run into another presentation slot.
  • If this is your first time at BarCamp, you HAVE to present. (Actually, this applies whether it’s your first or tenth BarCamp. All attendees present. It’s part of the fun.)

Ticketing details, set up for the day and how to get there will be announced in the next few weeks on the UXCampLondon site and the wiki.

You can also check the wiki for a list of those involved and interested parties and ideas for presentations.

You can also follow UXCampLondon on Twitter

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CV format – is it broken? Does it need fixing

Posted in content, design, forms, ideas by solle on 27/05/2009

Recently I have been playing around with my CV frustrated with the standard format. I have tried out various ideas including a persona style and one based on a grid but am still scratching my chin not quite sure if I have solved a problem that as one recruiter recently offered maybe ‘doesn’t need fixing’.

There is no doubt that a growing number of design types (especially those more at the beginning and development of careers – where ultimately a strong CV is most relevant) have realised that they have got to increase chances of being ‘noticed’ whatever it might be for and the starting point is obviously been to visually enhance their CVs.

various CV examples

The conversation has picked up with the growing interest and spread of infographics. Fine examples are Michael Anderson’s and Greg Dizzia’s. Web Designer Depot added to the discussion with a recent post 30 Artistic and Creative Résumés that garned plenty of discussion regarding readability and inappropriateness of overkill design – ‘a CV is meant to be a document not a poster’ ‘a CV is meant to convey information… your portfolio is for showing off your creativity’. And as one creative director writes quite scathingly ‘I mostly ignore these types of vanity projects when I get them. They look like some school assignment. I want to know about you in 5 seconds. And, that comes from the text.’

There’s no doubt that hiring folk when looking through CVs look for well organised and easily skimmable documents that a decision can be quickly made on.

So what to do? How do you create a balance?

The discussion has also started to appear on Twitter where some good ideas have cropped up such as Bob van Vliet and Clement Boutignon’s innovative use of Daytum.

My advice is pull out a grid and ensure that the written words describing your successes, experiences and deeds are easily readable. If you feel you can add some visual accoutrement to it without obscuring the main information then go ahead though a good barometer is to get as much feedback as you can from recruiters and HR professionals. Some will love innovation, some will be more than non plussed.

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1. theories to live by: Milton Glaser

Posted in ideas by solle on 27/05/2009

(this needs repeating in full) from Ten Things I Have Learned Part of AIGA Talk in London November 22, 2001

IF YOU HAVE A CHOICE NEVER HAVE A JOB.

One night I was sitting in my car outside Columbia University where my wife Shirley was studying Anthropology. While I was waiting I was listening to the radio and heard an interviewer ask ‘Now that you have reached 75 have you any advice for our audience about how to prepare for your old age?’ An irritated voice said ‘Why is everyone asking me about old age these days?’ I recognised the voice as John Cage. I am sure that many of you know who he was – the composer and philosopher who influenced people like Jasper Johns and Merce Cunningham as well as the music world in general. I knew him slightly and admired his contribution to our times. ‘You know, I do know how to prepare for old age’ he said. ‘Never have a job, because if you have a job someday someone will take it away from you and then you will be unprepared for your old age. For me, it has always been the same every since the age of 12. I wake up in the morning and I try to figure out how am I going to put bread on the table today? It is the same at 75, I wake up every morning and I think how am I going to put bread on the table today? I am exceedingly well prepared for my old age’ he said.

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micro thoughts & quotes, discoveries

Posted in content, Data, ideas, links by solle on 22/05/2009

Media’s want to break free

Heady growth in online advertising encouraged countless start-ups and traditional media businesses to chase the same business model. But the belief that online advertising would grow fast enough to fulfil all the business plans riding on it was “almost a collective psychosis”, says Rob Grimshaw, managing director of FT.com.

London iA Google Custom Search

How to be better at digital, or interactive, or new media or whatever it’s called…
How to be better at digital, or interactive, or new media or whatever it’s called…
First they laugh at you. Then they hate you. And then you win.

…being obsessive about user experience and treating it like software

From Siri Hustvedt’s book Sorrows of an American

“If we run low on on empathy, we can always refuel on guilt”

Dieu seul sait quoi (God alone knows what this is) Doctor’s classification of injured First World War soldiers.

Designing site structures for intranets and websites

Creating site structures, especially for large intranets and websites, cannot be hurried. It needs to be designed with user needs and future change and scalability in mind. For this to happen there needs to be a plan and this plan needs to be created from sound principles. This article provides introductory material on how this can take shape.

User Experience = Management Development Visualisation (informationarchitects.jp)

Concept Maps

Including A Model of The Creative Process, A Model of Play and A Model of Innovation

Creating Inspiration

where I found Sky Catcher from Amsterdam

Persuasive web design (presentation from recent German IA conference)

Marrying Web Analytics and User Experience (Louis Rosenfeld presentation from recent German IA conference)

Flickr machine tag browser

Huffduffer machine tags

UXCampLondon is all go

The ultimate ways to test your site (Cennydd Bowles)

Structured Procrastination

Flairbuilder user interface prototypes and wireframes

Axure for Mac – coming soon (about time considering everyone I know who uses the existing version runs it on Windows on a Mac.

Lego Architecture Frank Lloyd Wright LEGO Sets (launched in conjunction with present Show at the Guggenheim)

Fused Network – seems like good hosting

We made this – natty design blog

this week’s inspiration

Posted in content, Data, links by solle on 05/05/2009

has to start with Milton Glaser’s 10 Things I Have Learned (from 2001) with gems from John Cage, Fritz Perls, Iris Murdoch and of course Milton himself. Good advice never ages.

MIT publish all course work free and without registration.

New York Stories – narrative audio and photo profiles of New Yorkers

(also from New York) New Sonic Youth album, The Eternal

Google Sites

London IA Google Custom Search

All the books you could possibly desire on Typography

Nice layout – globeandmail.com

euroia – Europe’s Fifth Information Architecture Summit

The Future of Wireframes

McMoon – Behind the counter of an abandoned McDonalds lie 48,000 lbs of 70mm tape… the only copy of extremely high-resolution images of the moon.

Eucalyptus. The library to go on iPhone

All our yesterdays

Wooden bicycle

Designing for Faceted Search

Inside Dylan’s mind

Complex inferiority: user experience in the UK

Skimmer

“1 in 1,300 purchasers writes a review. With a standard 2% conversion rate, you need 3 million visitors/day to get useful reviews.” (hat tip @iA)

Information Architects site redesign (iteration image on Flickr)

next stage of Online Form Innovation Awards

and of course the London IA group

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