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By Oliver Wrede | Published: June 19, 2014
Blogger Nico Lumma recently published a rant on Handelsblatt about Germany (and probably other countries) are wasting time by not letting children learn to program in school. There have been initiatives like http://code.org/ to promote »coding« as a basic skill of the future: … or a recent German version »Jeder kann programmieren« … And maybe […]
By Oliver Wrede | Published: June 19, 2014
Finally! Fargo is an online tool for writing in outlines to a WordPress blog. Very good. Outlining has been underestimated as a writing tool – but there was barely any way to edit content without a desktop software – like OmniOutliner – this way. I was using Userland Software (Frontier with Manila – later Radio) […]
By Oliver Wrede | Published: January 19, 2009
After a long time of consideration I turned over to WordPress for this weblog and I will not be using Tinderbox to blog here anymore. Tinderbox is a great software for thinking and writing – and I love to have a more graphical/visual note taking approach to weblogging. But it was getting too clumsy to […]
By Oliver Wrede | Published: February 18, 2008
Jason Fried from 37signals argues against the use of Personas. Personas don’t talk back. Personas can’t answer questions. Personas don’t have opinions. Personas can’t tell you when something just doesn’t feel right. This is a pretty sketchy definition of what personas are supposed to do as a tool: The foremost reason for personas is to […]
By Oliver Wrede | Published: October 15, 2006
My German weblog [RSS-Feed] now has a new URL. I aligned its design to this English blog here. The German site is build on WordPress – this blog here is a mix of Tinderbox for editing and Zope on the server.
By Oliver Wrede | Published: September 30, 2006
Please spread the word: The Webmontag-Event in Cologne was pushed one week (from 2nd October to the 9th October).
By Oliver Wrede | Published: April 21, 2006
Jakob Nielsen in his Alertbox newsletter provides some results of a eye-tracking study.
By Oliver Wrede | Published: October 21, 2005
The book »Getting Things Done« by David Allen is a bestseller. It offers a strategy of how to prioritize things you have to do. It is a combination of a tracking device (like a box of notes) and a routine of how to use that device. I am running my own Tinderbox tool to keep […]
By Oliver Wrede | Published: September 14, 2005
According to this article at heise.de Microsoft learned from a study that 90% of the features users would think as being “nice to have” in a future release are already included in the current application – but just haven’t found by them yet. There couldn’t be no better proof for the fact that »functionality« is […]
By Oliver Wrede | Published: January 21, 2005
This article by Henrik Olsen suggests to design navigation systems in webistes to be much more prominent: Most web development projects put a lot of effort into the design of navigation tools. But fact is that people tend to ignore these tools. They are fixated on getting what they came for and simply click on […]
By Oliver Wrede | Published: May 24, 2004
I think it is pretty remarkable how many applications have appeared that could help people to capture creative thinking. Here is a selection (I restrict it mostly to OS X applications): Graphing Inspiration: a powerful mind mapping and concept mapping application OmniGraffle: a graphing application (similar to Visio) Novamind: a classic mind mapping application ConceptDRAW […]
By Oliver Wrede | Published: May 22, 2004
Peter Morville on findability.org: Ambient findability describes a world in which we can find anyone or anything from anywhere at anytime. And Al Abut posts a comment on that site: You know what would help me with the findability of your site updates? An RSS/Atom feed!
By Oliver Wrede | Published: April 12, 2004
Tobias Jordans found a wonderful page with articles and resources about “Information Architecture”. It lists links to overviews, tutorials, methods, other comprehensive sites and articles. [via Klickst Du hier]
By Oliver Wrede | Published: March 26, 2004
Wiliam Denton has put together a facet-map howto: “This paper will attempt to bridge the gap by giving procedures and advice on all the steps involved in making a faceted classification and putting it on the web. Web people will benefit by having a rigorous seven-step process to follow for creating faceted classifications, and librarians […]
By Oliver Wrede | Published: December 20, 2003
“Any Web site should become nothing more than a set of raw data feeds while knowledge workers would be provided with a personal software tool that would allow to: 1) maintain a database of personal information. 2) selectively share that data with anybody I choose. 3) autodiscover new sources of content. 4) completely control how […]
By Oliver Wrede | Published: August 18, 2003
Jason Withrow: »What do cognitive psychology and information architecture have in common? Actually there is a good deal of common ground between the two disciplines.«
By Oliver Wrede | Published: March 6, 2003
Woody Pidcock from Boeing gives an overview: »What are the differences between a vocabulary, a taxonomy, a thesaurus, an ontology, and a meta-model? Many organizations and companies are struggling with these terms and the ideas behind them; this set of definitions will help to clarify.«
By Oliver Wrede | Published: March 5, 2003
»The best and worst of statistical graphics.«
By Oliver Wrede | Published: January 11, 2003
John P. Boyd: Lecture notes, typeset in Latex, which will be passed out in chapters. Chapters will also be available as links from this homepage to Adobe .pdf files.