Facebook & Instagram destroy your attention span?

Just yesterday I wrote about Tim Berners-Lee complaining about what the web is like today. Today I found more commentary that supports this view. Big players like Facebook, Instagram introduced means to kill the ability of users to use URLs to create meaningful relations. On Facebook users are just allowed to express meaning in the…… Continue reading Facebook & Instagram destroy your attention span?

Search beats Navigation

Search has become one of the primary ways to access information online. There are six major drivers that have caused this departure from “orientation & navigation” tools as the main design challenge: 1. Bandwidth Having good search means you need to have a very good index. Indexing vast amounts of data mean having to dig…… Continue reading Search beats Navigation

Kids should learn programming!

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…… Continue reading Kids should learn programming!

Fargo: Outliner for Bloggers!

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)…… Continue reading Fargo: Outliner for Bloggers!

Personas? Yes… influence group thinking!

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…… Continue reading Personas? Yes… influence group thinking!

New address for the german weblog

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.

Getting Things Done tools

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…… Continue reading Getting Things Done tools

Navigation blindness

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…… Continue reading Navigation blindness

Knowledge tools

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…… Continue reading Knowledge tools


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!

IA Resources at University of Minnesota Duluth

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]

How to Make a Faceted Classification and Put It On the Web

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…… Continue reading How to Make a Faceted Classification and Put It On the Web

Personal Knowledge Mapping And The Concept Of Data Emergence

“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…… Continue reading Personal Knowledge Mapping And The Concept Of Data Emergence

vocabulary, taxonomy, thesaurus, ontology, meta-model

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.«