I am going to be speaking today, June 17th, at the OMMA Publish conference here in New York City, on a panel entitled “Optimizing for Performance: Adding Value to Your Site”. OMMA is focused on online media marketing and advertising, publishing several trade magazines and sponsoring several conferences each year in these areas. My panel … Continue reading OMMA Nom Nom Nom
There is an institution in the United Kingdom called the Design Council. A government-funded organization, the Council’s mission is “to help UK managers become the best users of design in the world, supported by the most skilled and capable design professionals.” This objective makes it sound like they’re a professional guild or advocacy organization, like … Continue reading Design Council Counsellor
I am currently training for my first triathlon, the New York Triathlon on July 20. (Holy crap, that’s only 9 weeks away!) Anyway, last weekend I competed in the Prospect Park Mother’s Day Duathlon right here in Brooklyn. This was my second duathlon (I ran my first one last August), and this time I did … Continue reading My Third Race
My wife is tinydiva. She is a musician. Her band is called Masolit. They are awesome. Seriously. And you should see them play their world debut performance live this Saturday in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Timing: Saturday, March 22, 2008 7:00 pm: The Creationists 8:00 pm: Masolit Location: MTAA 60 North 6th Street, 2nd floor Williamsburg, Brooklyn, … Continue reading Masolit
I am in Austin Texas at my fourth SXSW. I’m here until Tuesday. So far the weather is nice and the people are as great as ever. Please keep an eye out for me and say hi. Here’s a picture of me to help you distinguish me from all the other skinny white guys with … Continue reading SXSW
Last.fm‘s announcement that they will be allowing their users to listen to full-length versions of millions of music tracks is one of the final nails in the coffin of the traditional recorded-music industry. Owning music is dead. The new business model for making money in the music industry is simple: Design a better music distribution … Continue reading R.I.P.: Owning Music (1880-2008)
In today’s Times, I read a story that included a fallacy that I’m pretty fed up of hearing: The accusation that web-based news and journalism is overly brief and shallow, that it caters too much to the short attention spans of ADD-addled youths, and that the web is ushering in a new era of crappy … Continue reading How Deep is your Internet News?
A few years ago I was invited by the Whitney Museum to contribute an artwork to their Artport site, their showcase of interactive artists. My contribution was “Concentric Empathy”, a work about the various sorts of non-human emergent intelligences we might have to confront in the coming century. I am showing it again here because of my comment the other day about the OLPC’s use of the “circular menu” paradigm.
The One Laptop Per Child is now appearing in people’s mailboxes. But I’m a little sour about all the unquestioning praise for the user interface design, which to me looks like a complete disaster. So I have a challenge for UX pundits and professionals who are also proud new owners of the XO: Say something nice about the Sugar UI. Or say something critical. But talk about the user interface for real, in detail, and don’t hold back.