NYC Gets a Gehry

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Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActiveCorp is building a new headquarters on Manhattan’s west side in Chelsea. And it’s a Frank Gehry building! This is exciting news, and there’s lots to see and talk about even now, long before the building is even completed. New York’s Architectural Draught We’ve all seen Gehry’s signature works over the last decade … Continue reading NYC Gets a Gehry

IA Summit 2006: The Science (and Pseudo-Science) of Personas

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I attended a fascinating IA Summit presentation by Molecular’s Steve Mulder called “Bringing More Science to Persona Creation“. Lately I’ve been pretty interested in how different companies approach user personas, so this was a must-see for me. I was impressed with Steve’s insights into user persona creation, but this was tempered by a fear that, … Continue reading IA Summit 2006: The Science (and Pseudo-Science) of Personas

Categorizing Design Styles

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If you can stomach the idea of reducing Web design creativity to a itemized list of compartmentalized styles and techniques, there are a number of sites cropping up lately that attempt to survey contemporary web design “styles” and to sort them into a neat and useful little categories. First up: Patrick McNeil’s Design Meltdown. It’s … Continue reading Categorizing Design Styles

Design Patterns: Don’t Reinvent the Widget

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Yahoo’s interaction design department has for the last year or two been developing an intranet dedicated to sharing, internally, their interface design conventions and standards (or, to use the current hip jargon, “Design Patterns”) for their internal development teams, to ensure quality and consistency of interface widgets. It’s kind of an IA “style guide” for … Continue reading Design Patterns: Don’t Reinvent the Widget