July 2008 Archives

According to Wikipedia, the first TV ad was broadcast in the US at 2:29 PM on July 1, 1941. Today, over the course of 10 hours, there are approximately 3 hours of ads. Take a medium length of 30 sec per clip and you could air 360 of them on one channel within 10 hours. Below we have 9. Multiply that by 40. Start the clips and enjoy a visually inspiring 5-minute coffee break - a selection worth watching:

[Please be aware that certain spots may contain mature content, which is unsuitable to minors.]

Kevin Kelly at the 2007 EG Conference. "That cornucopia of stuff. It's amazing. And we're not amazed!"

Votes and comments are coming in for our part 3 - How Bodies Matter presentation. Parts 1 and 2 of the project give an overview of the multi-touch field and basic HCI knowledge based on the ACM SIGCHI curricula for Human Computer Interaction. Enjoy! And make sure to vote!

You are interested in state-of-the-art design? Then watch this video to learn about product design, experience design, user centered design, human centered design. The video is 6 years old. State-of-the-art? Definitely!

"What is this?

Stephen Collins again. "UX practitioners need to think about and deliver UX messages in terms of business and user strategy."

Stephen Collins is the Knowledge Worker 2.0.

"Knowledge Worker 1.0 are forced to look like this ‣ limited location ‣ limited roles ‣ inside the wall ‣ stuck at a desk (and stuck using email and other standard tools) ‣ custodian of information ‣ knowledge as process ‣ uses rigid ways of organizing information


Hiding behind a clumsy title - Communicating Design. Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning. Learn how to prepare and present wireframes, site maps, flow charts, and more - Dan Brown's White Board Book is an excellent overview of all things deliverable in information architecture projects.

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Dan Saffer pointed us at a research paper by Scott Klemmer, Björn Hartmann, and Leila Takayama of Stanford University two months ago.


I just finished Peter Morville's excellent Ambient Findability today and became aware that I haven't consulted his and Louis Rosenfeld's Polar Bear Book - Information Architecture for the World Wide Web - for a while. And not even featured here once ... What a neglect! It has been the basis for our strategy and concept work as well as our lectures since it was first published in 1998.

From Chapter 1: "Some web sites provide logical structures that help us find answers and complete tasks.

It was directly after this year's TED conference in March that Peter Mehrholz hinted us at an astonishing video featuring a crow.

I am serious: A crow.

Now Joshua Klein's talk is live. TED introduces

  • The talk: "Hacker and writer Joshua Klein is fascinated by crows. (Notice the gleam of intelligence in their little black eyes?) After a long amateur study of corvid behavior, he's come up with an elegant machine that may form a new bond between animal and human."
  • The speaker: "Joshua Klein is a fervent hacker of all things, including wet, pulpy systems like animals and people and the way they behave."

Okay. Hacking crows. Not everyone's avocation. TED Talks 2008, Joshua Klein. View the talk!

Disclaimer: No animal was harmed during the process. Watch yourself! If you don't have enough time, view at least the 30-second excerpt.

"A wealth of information creates a poverty of intention" - Herbert Simon, Nobel Laureate Economist.


There is a controversial discussion going on these days concerning Chris Anderson's The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More. Make sure to read the original.

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We had Jan Chipchase this morning, we have Jan Chipchase tonight.

What do people carry?

I never adopted Second Life - except for a 30-minute visit two years ago. So let's see where this will lead to. Go Lively!

Watch Bill Crow, Thomas Hawk, and Robert Scoble discuss and manipulate high-resolution photographs from Yosemite on a Microsoft Surface and then realize that multi-touch begins to make sense!

View QIK! | Scobleize!

We're gonna learn how to reconstruct our towns!

TED introduces

  • The talk: "In James Howard Kunstler's view, public spaces should be inspired centers of civic life and the physical manifestation of the common good. Instead, he argues, what we have in America is a nation of places not worth caring about."
  • The speaker: "James Howard Kunstler may be the world’s most outspoken critic of suburban sprawl. He believes the end of the fossil fuels era will soon force a return to smaller-scale, agrarian communities."

Remember this last sentence was a perspective 4 years ago. In my opinion the end of the fossil fuels era will soon force a multitude of innovations in energy production as well as consumption instead. Which does not mean I wouldn't agree with the necessity to reshape our towns. TED Talks 2004, James Howard Kunstler. View the talk!

For all of you in the US there is no need to introduce LinkedIn.

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& the Red Fez is a stream of ideas and inspirations, ranging from international marketing to IT - mixed with some completely unrelated topics of personal interest.

The man who named this blog. Involuntarily. A inspiring presentation given in a black turtleneck. Steve Jobs?

This social media thing.

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