links for 2006-09-29

I’m a European IA

Tomor­row I’m off to the 2nd Euro­pean IA Sum­mit. This year’s con­fer­ence will be held in Berlin. That’s great because I’ve nev­er been there until now. I’m plan­ning on doing some mind map­ping of talks (inspired by Lars Ploug­mann) so keep an eye on the Flickr pho­to­stream dur­ing the week­end. Of course, I hope the orga­ni­za­tion has man­aged to get some open WiFi going (last year that was a bit of a prob­lem). Con­ve­nient pow­er sock­ets would come in handy too… See you there, or see you later!

links for 2006-09-15


Just now I final­ly fin­ished tag­ging the last few pho­tos tak­en in Venice. The whole set of Lieke’s and my vaca­tion in Italy is now online. Total num­ber of pho­tos we end­ed up select­ing is a whop­ping 411. You can start at the first new one since the pre­vi­ous update over here.

Plen­ty of pret­ty shots in this update, my favourite is prob­a­bly this one:

Pigeons, lanterns and scultpure


K‑141 АПЛ Курск

Some­times you learn some­thing strange while tag­ging vaca­tion shots. At least that was the case with this pho­to I took in Venice:

K-141 АПЛ Курск

Look­ing for some prop­er tags I Googled “K‑141” and found a Wikipedia arti­cle on the Russ­ian sub­ma­rine Kursk. I pulled out the prop­er Russ­ian text to use as tags but was puz­zled about the rea­son behind the stencil. 

I decid­ed to let my direct col­leagues in on the mys­tery and mailed it around at the office. Soon after, Peter point­ed out that the same sten­cil art was blogged at zom­bizi zero-six and Woost­er Col­lec­tive.

Quite enter­tain­ing, but it gets even weird­er. He point­ed out this link, which appar­ent­ly proves the sten­cil spree was part of Russia’s pres­ence at the 51st Venice Biennale…

Bart right­ly point­ed out that it’s strange they didn’t get caught doing it. I mean: wouldn’t it be easy for the police to hold the Rus­sians at the Bien­nale respon­si­ble for this bla­tant act of “van­dal­ism”?

Any­way. You learn some­thing new every day, don’t you?

Where are the good European IxD schools?

Dan Saf­fer of Adap­tive Path wrote an intro­duc­to­ry piece for bud­ding inter­ac­tion design­ers. Five years ago, Robert Reimann of Coop­er did the same. Both are nice overviews for novices and espe­cial­ly the parts on a designer’s tem­pera­ment are enter­tain­ing to read. 

Saf­fer fails to men­tion any good IxD schools out­side of the US and UK. Which is a shame for all of us Euro­pean design­ers. Reimann men­tioned Ivrea’s now defunct IxD institute.

I’d like to start by point­ing to my coura­geous lit­tle country’s Utrecht School of Arts, which has been teach­ing IxD for 15 years now (!) and today offers both BA and MA pro­grams. They’ve recent­ly branched off into game design, which has been quite successful.

Full dis­clo­sure: I was a stu­dent at the same school from 1998 – 2001 (BA IxD, MA Game Design) and am now teach­ing a course in mobile game design.

Any oth­er good IxD schools in Europe that you know of?

Update: dis­cus­sions on Saf­fer­’s post on the IxDA’s mal­ing list here and here; overview of IxD edu­ca­tion (most­ly in the US) here.

eDay preview (

Ned­er­landse online mar­ket­ing lijkt steeds meer open source mar­ket­ing te wor­den. Lezend online en werk­end in meat­space kom ik steeds meer mar­ke­teers tegen die de ide­alen van de open source beweg­ing (al dan niet bewust) omar­men. Dat maakt deze open stan­daar­den aan­hang­er blij natuurlijk. staat vol­gende week met een stand en een work­shop op eDay. Hoe zit het met dit mar­ketingeven­e­ment? In hoev­erre onder­schri­jft het de ontwik­kel­ing naar open source mar­ket­ing? eDay werpt een blik op de trends “voor de komende twee jaar” en belicht het the­ma ‘cre­ativiteit’ als “strate­gisch bedri­jf­sin­stru­ment” en “con­sumer trend”.”

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