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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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My Twitter year 2008

Posted in ideas, Twitter by solle on 05/01/2009

I started using Twitter almost a year to the day with my postings gathering momentum and interest as the year went on.

I thought now would be a really good time to list my favourite ones.

So in no particular order and presented in a pleasant jumble – Solle Twitter 2008:

– Kurt Lewin’s Equation, B = f (P,E) (B – Behaviour; f – Function; P – Person; E – Environment)

– rocks: http://oursignal.com/

– QUOTE FROM ADAPTIVE PATH (in 3 postings): Those engaged in redesigning established products on the web should commit themselves to removing the kruft and distractions that accrete over time, and provide whatever guidance can be given to simplify refocus and enhance the product’s core experience.

– writing for the web isn’t inherent, it has to be learnt

– A good newspaper is a country speaking to itself. Arthur Miller 1961

– Write simple, write backwards (most important information first) iA Japan http://tinyurl.com/5nuga8

– is Sudoku the biggest innovation in newspaper print journalism over the last decade? http://tinyurl.com/6mndaz

– make that content work (and help me with that editorial) http://bit.ly/4nwlrd

– Literacy Debate: Online, R U Really Reading? http://bit.ly/DECwx

– SEMANTICS at St Pancras the tannoy in regard to luggage left unattended refers to Security Forces rather than Security Services. Ominous

– How much guilt is there in downloading dead people’s music for free?

– a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention” (Simon 1971)

– designing for flow doesn’t require a new set of tools or skills – only a different way of thinking http://bit.ly/g23mV

– the web is a pretty good newswire’ is most certainly the thought for the day – if not the week, month, year http://bit.ly/2IYB1R

– “he looked to get on the ball when he was on the ball” – priceless football manager quote

– Search for a borough of London here and you’ll only find results under L because, er, London starts with L – http://bit.ly/2zAC29

– reversal http://tinyurl.com/5yhnmd

– Basic Principles of Online Journalism grouped togetherhttp://tinyurl.com/528j96

– Dell advert: ‘These great offers won’t last’ – too right they won’t you’ll be sending them back within a week

– Don’t look for answers look to ask the right questions

– Dr. Weinberger: …companies so lobotomized that they can’t speak in a recognizably human voice build sites that smell like death

– most things could do with more cowbell http://www.morecowbell.dj/

– as flagged by Scott Karp – http://tinyurl.com/4ylt4m – hugely relevant

– really really excellent: http://tinyurl.com/53rqnh

– McCain when he was battling with George W “The Christian Right isn’t Christian and it isn’t right” Lovely

– looking for an invite to become a member of Shoreditch House http://www.shoreditchhouse.co.uk

– Big Issue seller in West Dulwich with an iPhone – must be doing well

– Hilary needs to update her profile http://lin.cr/4kj

– nice navigation on this blog http://aworkinglibrary.com/

– i sleep when i want to read and read when i want to sleep

– neat http://vizlab.nytimes.com/

– why i would never ever ever ever ever ever vote Conservative / they just don’t get it http://lin.cr/5nm

– memiary “can make a difference in the lives of the people who use them. Isn’t that really why most of us are here on the internet, anyway?

– Giant Lego man appears on beach http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/sussex/7702121.stm

– is Obama going to be the most at risk from assasination president of all time?

– Museum of online museums FANTASTIChttp://www.coudal.com/moom/

– good group http://tinyurl.com/62jxr7

– help is at hand http://lin.cr/66u

– 2008 US Election time: a round up of links and links to round ups of links http://lin.cr/6lw

– Biscute: teacher’s spelling of biscuit in my 4 1/2 year old’s literacy and numeracy report. Nice

– I remember a similar feeling of optimism in May 97. Again I hope it doesn’t quite turn out like that

– Looking for developer type for collaboration to whizz out suck it and see weekend ideas. I can brief in 140 characters.

– i like this: http://grischaandreew.de/

– Fireworks are tedious

– democracy: http://lin.cr/86z

– Getting a snapview on Twitter http://bit.ly/1v7bDt

– big font size – i mean BIG FONT SIZE . what do you think of the redesign of ft.com?

– font size well too big. broken in Safari. i would say it looks rushed and a bit too shockingly different for their core users

– New Mac. New .Mail install thinks my calendar events are spam. Priceless

– wise wise words: http://tinyurl.com/5agqqw

– should we keep writing? http://tinyurl.com/6jzdrw

– REMEMBER – Obama: Appearance And Reality In The Relaunch Of Brand America http://www.medialens.org/alerts/08/0811xx_obama_wiping_the.php

– hahahahahahahah hugeurl.com

– From Cooper: A unified approach to visual and interaction  http://www.cooper.com/journal/2008/11/a_unified_approach_to_design.html

– oh dear not very clear instructions: http://tinyurl.com/5ag4yf

– The Evolution of Writing on the Internet http://tinyurl.com/69rnb7

– my four and a half year old refers to our home computers and the web as ‘the computer’ – he obviously already gets it

– i would say that fuck is probably one of the most universal words but the iPhone continues to want it to be duck

– A breath of fresh air – Jason Fried discussing his work at 37Signals http://huffduffer.com/martinpolley/1021

– Warning: This is very addictive – the top 952 web 2.0 sites – http://twurl.nl/aq5ab4 really really 🙂

– the click on anything that mentions twitter and immediately try it out programme

– Christmas through your eyes – what a great title for a song. Must add it to my last.fm list

– Now I’m in Woolworths and it’s “I’m in chains” God it just gets better and better. Where shall I go next?

– Facebook activity visualisation http://bit.ly/Muvk

– arhhhh Windows 2000 Professional http://bit.ly/47NvRj

– all Twitter-related sites look like they’ve got the same designer. a busy boy/girl

– Google SearchWiki is a train smash http://tinyurl.com/65mucg

– apparently they have a risk of using proper english: http://tinyurl.com/5c8xrn BRILLIANT

– the wrong download guy: http://tinyurl.com/5qs5ed

– where’s my Twitter spellcheck?

– addictive: http://www.addictionary.org

– Prototype in Adobe products – sign up to this it’s certainly worth keeping an eye on: http://www.protoicons.com/

– Great example of story telling (credit crunch) to explain something complex. http://tiny.cc/x0feF

– dont forget Postel’s Law: be conservative in what you do (send), be liberal in what you accept from others (receive)

– Anyone know a good WordPress plugin that posts delicious links based on a specific tag? i’d like to know this too

– Matt Webb’s 100 Head Cattle Drive 2008 pretty cool and he’s doing well http://interconnected.org/home/more/2008/11/cattledrive/

– Anyone else received an email from Facebook requesting this ‘Please reset your email notification settings.’ ??

– savour (long but certainly worth scanning or saving for later) http://bit.ly/enIj

– I am well irritated with this Facebook email notifications business. I mean do the FB dev team use their elbows or is it a business strategy

– hi have you a link to Rapidrabbit? Does it live up to its name? Sounds a bit like a vibrator

– seems like we were handpicked but I’m not sure what the criteria was

– Goodies all the way to Christmas: http://24ways.org/

– i like this tabbed search business http://search.io/ (I’m seeing an online world of tabs within tabs within tabs within tabs)

– Boy, Branson’s hair is getting quite long

– How do you argue with an ad man? “I’ve got a report shows you that users engage with ads” “But I’ve got a report that shows users don’t”

– How SEO is changing journalism http://tinyurl.com/6l434y

– Shan Carter: very nice information visualisation portfoliohttp://shancarter.com/

– Should commuters eat profiteroles and read the free sheets at the same time in the rush hour?

– Obviously no. She’s given up

– London’s freesheet ‘Metro’ this week has had a redesign and they seem to have tried to position it to look like an ‘online newspaper’

– Excellent post by @paulbradshaw on the new roles for journos – – http://www.journalism.co.uk… yes excellent

– NY Times news aggregator – http://tinyurl.com/58sedj

– London crime maps http://maps.met.police.uk/

– oh dear @willcarling only has 199 followers. i think he needs cheering up

– word for today: heuristics – enabling a person to discover or learn something for themselves

– Penumbra – the partially shaded outer region of the shadow cast by an opaque object. Cause there’s lots of them around at this time of year

– Saturday afternoon Elliott Smith session. What a man

– if that’s THE Ed Tufte say hi and mind you don’t poison him

– iktsuarpok – to go outside often to see if someone is coming (Inuit)

– the contemplation of things as they are…. is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention (F Bacon)

– Journalists and the Social Web 3 http://tinyurl.com/57vsk2

– Good interview re online journalism http://bit.ly/RV9

– Excellent post by J Keith on IE6 http://24ways.org/2008/the-ie6-equation

– a photo every 8 steps across London – good exercise? http://bit.ly/jpLD

– you may also find stuff here http://www.whybasecampsux.org

– You have to see this: http://www.zeitguised.com/f… VERY GOOD

– I’m reading a book

– I am reading Flight to Arras by Saint-Exupery

– http://tweetwasters.com it’s not all in the tweets. do you watch the fat or chew the fat?

– suddenly feel very lackadaisical – to twiterval or not to twiterval? it’s cold outside and i think i’ve cracked Textpattern

– Here’s a new ‘social scripting’ tool we’d like you to test out for us: http://tinyurl.com/57qmnc (via @IBMResearch) Very interesting

– They might have been referring to Leah Buley’s ‘How to be a UX team of one’ http://www.ugleah.com//ux-team-of-one/

– very successful meeting today with @sambles at telegraph.co.uk

– H Ledger in Dark Knight is a super camped up jack Lemmon

– inursite …helping you not build crappy websites http://inursite.com/

– Best line I have seen/read today: “Let them eat Black Swan.” haha brilliant who said it

– gifts for user experience folk http://tinyurl.com/5hz64t

– even though most of the stuff on this page is a few years old it’s all excellent resource http://iainstitute.org/tools/

– http://twistori.com/ Twitter visualisation

– Nothing like pointless Xmas searching in West End to take you out of yourself

– Though just seen Time mag’s iA-style list of stuff cover – quite nice but not sure if interesting enough to buy

– looking for decent lunch in Soho? I can recommend Prix Fixe in Dean Street. Reasonable. Nice place

– Serious interpretation issue with Japanese signs http://snipr.com/8zuba Stefan Coveys paradigm-shift is required VERY GOOD

– dipity.com is nice – though pity about the ebay ad knowing my latest last.fm playlist

– very useful and something i think you were looking for – free online file conversion http://www.zamzar.com/

– this needs to be repeated http://tinyurl.com/646uo9

– this could be what we all need (i’m certainly excited)http://www.bitmaki.com/text… but it might have to wait until post xmas

– First, read this: http://tinyurl.com/7f9cps Then check what year it is from. Then say: “Eno is the King..” couldn’t agree more

– keep clear of me – I am manoeuvering with difficulty

– Blood Meridian Cormac McCarthy

– Repeat. This interview with B Eno could be from todayhttp://bit.ly/IoKX not 1995

– i’ve canned the TV signal and licence – ain’t felt a thing. liberating

– unimpressed with R4’s Saturday Live

– http://ikeahacker.blogspot…. my idea would be ‘firewood’

Everyone should free their best postings from the confines of Twitter and share share share.

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List of online music players and the like

Posted in music by solle on 24/12/2008
online music players

online music players

Lists are good and everyone has their own. What I haven’t seen is a stab at a list of online music players. Many appear and then disappear (Muxtape), obviously falling foul of copyright and have to make a new plan to reappear, some only exist within certain shores (Pandora – US) and some just keep on going (Favtape). What the future holds for new entrants like Tunesbag who knows (you could spend hours uploading your iTunes library and the wake up in the morning and the site has been closed down).

Please add any that I’m not aware of – thanks.

Here’s my list of online music players:

Last.fm

Last.fm v YouTube mashup

MixTube

Fabchannel

From the basement

Blip.fm

Grooveshark

8tracks

MixMatchMusic

Fairtilizer

Favtape

Favtape Discovery

Mufin

Muxtape and Mixwit (both should return soon but not quite sure what as)

Tunesbag

SeeqPod

Songza

SkreemR

Lala

Pandora (Install Hotspot Shield to access from outside US)

Imeem

Wolfgang’s Vault

Soundpedia

Deezer

The Black Cab Sessions

There are definitely more out there. Any of them any good? Who knows. All a bit here today, gone tomorrow about it. Maybe I’ll try an online radio list next.

Please add any good ones that I’ve missed.

UPDATE: Found a couple of new ones, haven’t tested them: Just Hear it and Streamdrag and Simplify Media

UPDATE: Awdio live music stream from more than 60 clubs, Deezer, The Sixty One, One Llama, Jango, SoundCloud, Goom Radio, JamWee

UPDATE: Mixcloud Re-think radio (in private beta at present but get on the invite list by visiting the homepage.

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