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Web Directions 2006 wrap-up

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

Web Directions is over for another year and was again fabulous. I attended 3 out of 4 days – Dan Saffer’s Interaction Design workshop and the two full conference days (including my own intro IA talk on Friday).

All the sessions were interesting, inspiring and well-prepared (I hope mine was as well). As an indication of the general goodness, I didn’t skip out on any sessions, ask pointed questions, sleep or read my email (much). Nor did I cross-stitch, something I’ve been known to do.

I have a strange list from my ‘things to follow’ up page:

  • Subservient chicken (mentioned by Kelly)
  • See if Genevieve Bell is at Ozchi this year (mentioned by Kelly, answer is yes)
  • Look up the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis (Jeremy)
  • Newshutch (I’m on a never-ending quest for the perfect RSS reader)
  • Use hReview on maadbooks (of course, writing content would probably be better)
  • Corked
  • hCard my contact details
  • Listen to Thomas’ folksonomy triad description
  • Update web connections with everyone I met before I forget
  • Start blogging properly again (something I should be able to do now my conference run has settled

So now, breakfast then rewrite my Lakoff presentation (nothing like having good ideas a couple of hours before) and down to Oz-IA

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After dinner at Web Directions…

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

What does everyone do after a Web Directions dinner? Why, go and update their connections

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Article – User Research for IA Projects

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

I prepared an article for a journal earlier this year. After 2 rounds of edits the editor and I both weren’t happy with the article (it is pretty good, just needed a load more work to get it publication-ready).

The article covered some topics I have not written about elsewhere, or seen much about. It focuses on user research particularly for IA projects, how to analyse research data and how to use the data in an IA project.

So, here it is: User research for information architecture projects (PDF, 218KB)

A-conferencing I go

Monday, September 25th, 2006

I’m off early tomorrow morning to Web Directions then Oz-IA where I will be spending the next 6 days talking non-stop to lots of smart people about web and IA stuff.

If you’ll be at either, make sure you come talk to me. And if you’re at Web Directions, go fill in the most excellent Web Connections – the best conference social networking app evah! (go tag me)

This year I may get set up to do some blogging… And let’s see if either of these conferences can beat my IA Summit experience.

Other exciting news – IAI board

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

My other exciting news – this week I was voted on to the board of the IAI (Information Architecture Institute). I’m very much looking forward to this – it is a great organisation full of smart, passionate people and I feel completely honoured to be able to be a board member for the next two years.

Welcome to the Web Industry Professionals Association

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

Here is some exciting news – a new organisation called the Web Industry Professionals Association (of Australia). At this point in time I can imagine a lot of great things could come from a group like this, particularly if we can manage to harness some great volunteer energy. Congratulations!

Card sorting interview on UXPod

Wednesday, September 13th, 2006

Recently I talked with Gerry Gaffney, from Information & Design & UXPod about card sorting. The interview is now ready and I am pleased with it – it was fun to do and fun to listen to.

There are a lot of other great interviews & discussions about UX topics, so go listen to those as well.