Category Archives: Information Architecture

Collaborative Information Architecture

Thanks to Abby Covert (by way of UIE Webinar), I had a chance to reflect on my own effort as an Information Architect. Beth Fowler and the TriUXPA gang that brought us the webinar at TEKSystems this past week were … Continue reading

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Prototyping in 4D

After remembering veterans on November 11th, it was fun to join a group of fellow user experience professionals for a night out later in the week on a less solemn occasion. World Usability Day provided the opportunity to get together … Continue reading

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Mobile Feast

In keeping with what he has written in Mobile First, Luke Wroblewski, alias @LukeW, presented some great ideas about web interface design. He is a proponent of considering mobile devices and considering them first when designing web sites. At the … Continue reading

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Protoblocking: Using HTML Blocks for Modular Prototyping

A bunch of us met at Capstrat in Raleigh to see the latest webinar sponsored locally by TriUXPA. The webinar speaker, Nathan Curtis, from EightShapes, talked about building HTML prototypes. His talk was titled “Start Full Screen: Organize, Communicate, & … Continue reading

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Web Analysis Project

There are many ways to interpret a web site. Through user interfaces, design patterns, business achievements, and social acceptance, one can obtain a general and sufficient understanding of a web site and what it has to offer. I am developing … Continue reading

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Succint On-Site Online Survey

Recently Brian Calder asked me to participate in the beta program of a really cool mini-survey tool called Xurtle. http://blog.xurtle.com/beta-program See the survey on the right side of this blog – it’s a survey I created using Xurtle. This is … Continue reading

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Profession in Search of a Metaphor

The challenge for technical communication is the same one that business schools face – there is no underlying discipline that already exists in the academy on which to build it. Engineers have physics, but engineering is not physics. Doctors have … Continue reading

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Usage Stages of a Web App

Overview Lately I have been thinking about web applications (web apps) and the importance of the user experience. I have been thinking about if it is at all possible to simplify and standardize how we talk about that user experience. … Continue reading

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Surveying Online Surveys

This past month I took a few web-based surveys related to technical communication and information architecture. Each was relatively short, taking less than 20 minutes to complete, and each offered some insight into our profession. I don’t know if surveys … Continue reading

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Content for Community Consumption

Today, Peter Grainge posted an article I wrote about RoboHelp on his web site, which is dedicated to RoboHelp tips. Here it is: Command Line Generation with RoboHelp When I was searching the Web for information on using the command … Continue reading

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Disruption is the New Trend

The webcast on Scriptorium, Trends in Technical Communication, 2011 by Sarah O’Keefe of Scriptorium and Nicky Bleiel of ComponentOne is a great discussion starter. They were all over the place with ideas about what’s happening in the workplace. Here is … Continue reading

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Compendiumania

Isn’t there just this urge to organize and systematize information? If only we could get it all under control. Well I have a small idea in that regard. I came across Clive Shepherd’s blog whose latest blog posts about informal … Continue reading

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Top 5 Reasons to Avoid a Tech Comm Conference

Warning: There is some ranting in this post that may sound like STC bashing. I intend it solely as constructive criticism and fodder for brainstorming sessions for the benefit of the profession and of STC. Once again, Tom Johnson fulfills … Continue reading

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Information Architecture in 3-D

Information architects don’t primarily ‘architect’ information per se. We about planning, design and oversight of the construction of the environment in which users (human and otherwise) can deliver, access, use, and maintain (and otherwise interact with) information. It’s about optimizing … Continue reading

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