September 2007 Archives


Fons Trompenaars and Charles Hampden-Turner have developed a model of culture with seven dimensions:


"Paul Thomas Mann (June 6, 1875 - August 12, 1955) was a German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist, and 1929 Nobel Prize laureate, known for his series of highly symbolic and ironic epic novels and mid-length stories, noted for their insight into the psychology of the artist and the intellectual. His analysis and critique of the European and German soul used modernized German and Biblical stories, as well as the ideas of Goethe, Nietzsche, and Schopenhauer." -


"In Schmidt, then, we have a fusion of the striving for scientific thinking with a commitment to modernist writing; for him the founding father of his art is not Zola but Lewis Carroll." - Keith Bullivant, "Arno Schmidt: The German Context", in the Review of Contemporary Fiction (Spring, 1988)


Paul Arden is the author of 'It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be' and the former executive creative director of Saatchi & Saatchi.

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This looks promising. Alex Jongman working on a reference guide for UiaML.

"The Universal information architecture Modeling Language (UiaML) is a symbolic modeling language like UML that is meant to be a supporting tool for information architects. At it's current state UiaML supports low fidelity modeling. With future development of UiaML we hope to support high fidelity models, too."

We had a project with Microsoft Switzerland 5 years ago where UML was proposed as a communication framework between IA, Design and Implementation but in the end did not really fit. Maybe UiaML will...

Read the specification!

We especially like: "I actually have a photographer's loupe that I use to look to make sure every pixel is right." - Scott Forstall, Apple's Head of Platform Experience.

Union Jack

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Flags symbolize countries, not languages.

Today a customer approached us asking for a Union Jack flag, smoothly coalesced into the new Web site design to act as a language selector for an additional English version.

Yahoo Tabs

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Jakob Nielsen gives us 13 guidelines for tabs: Worth reading but we doubt that we could agree with #1.

1. Tabs should alternate between views within the same context (not to navigate to different areas - a common mistake introduced by


The tabs on our 1960-style offline folders give us navigational guidance into physically separated sub-folders (areas) of documents. alternates between different product category views within the same context of its business model.

To be honest, we do not get the point.

Read the (unofficial) What if Jakob Nielsen had a blog? introduction! | Read the Alertbox article!

Red Fez

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"Are you referencing red hat?"

"Not at all. A fez might be a hat but not every hat is a fez! We are referencing Seth Godin's Big Red Fez."

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