News : April 2002
Boxes and Arrows publishes and interview with Samantha Bailey called "Unraveling the mysteries of metadata and taxonomies" by none other than Christina Wodtke. Also published is "Automating diagrams with Visio" by Michael Angeles... go read this now! We'll, wait right here for you.
New Architect publishes a great article called form, function, emotion by Jennie Rose which reveals the inside story of the philosophy and process of Frog Design. There are notes here on what Frog did when they were given the task of redesigning SAP. Quoting the article, "Launched in 1999, R/3's new look was a big hit with customers" ...we, as a user of SAP, strongly disagree... with my limited experience with SAP I can first handedly agree that the SAP portal product has perhaps the worst user interface I have ever had the displeasure of seeing or using... period.
Tim O'Reilly talks about the alpha geeks in his article "Inventing the Future" which really brings things into perspective and clears up what I mean by "people who get the Web" (of course, Tim goes much beyond the Web here, but the same concept applies). [from Tomalak's Realm]
Here is a great article by Steve Outing that details how the news industry deals with online publication: "News Sites Repeat Mistakes Of the Past" Speaking for myself, I have had the luxary to meet with some of the people who helped build Slashdot.org (Brian Aker and Tim Lord) and Kuro5hin (Rusty Foster) and I must say that they have the right concept. The Web is a 2 way or even multi-way medium, it is time we start using it that way. [from Tomalak's Realm]
A new issue of Digital Web Magazine is out featuring cover art by Jesse Nieminen and a great featured entitled "Accessible By Design" by Anitra Pavka. This marks our first issue for April's theme of "Making the Web Work."
Now here is something I can fully relate to; SAP Design Guild - Anti-Simplification: How to Make Life Harder for Users. At my new job we use a SAP portal and it is anything but a pleasent experience. [from IA Slash]
A project that started out as valiant effort to continue the tradition of what Astounding Websites had attempted to become, Fathom 5 has closed it's doors. I can relate to this heart-felt message from Dave Bastian. [from Zeldman]
Tony Ayres has updated his "UML For Web Development" article. This is a must read introduction to UML.
I got an email today from our good friend Geoffrey Hiller, he tells me about his project New York City : After the Fall which is catured in the light that only Geoffrey could produce. Mark this one as a must experience.
ACM's quarterly magazine, "interactions", published a great interview with Don Norman. Don is the author of "The Design of Everyday Things" (a must read book for any Designer) and former Vice President of the Advanced Technology Group at Apple Computer. [from ElegantHack]
David Sless has published a great paper on information design called "Theory for practice" [from InfoDesign]
A new issue of Digital Web Magazine is up with new cover art by Heather Champ, a review of UseableNet's LIFT for Macromedia Dreamweaver by Jesse Nieminen and book reviews of "Hot Text: Web Writing That Works" and "Web Word Wizardry" by James McNally. Check it out.
Gabe Kean tells us that the Spring 2002 issue of Born Magazine is out for your reading and viewing pleasure. This issue includes eight new pieces and a great Birthing Room piece about NYC after the fall by Geoffrey Hiller, Tom Vandel, Heather Perkins and Peter Sylwester plus tons of other great pieces, check it out!