Here’s some questions to ask during Reboot 8.0 (heard after Michael Thomsen’s talk on renaissance?):
What’s the point of it all? Is it actually going to happen? Re-renaissance? What’s the impact of current way of writing on our thinking? What happens to privacy when we’re interconnected? What will be the next phase of democracy? Are we doing everything we can with current tech? How do we work together on larger scale to improve the world (e.g. Amnesty)? How can we be more honest with users of our tech? What is the next step? Where are the lifeboats on our titanic? What will not change? What will our children think of all this? How can we monitor this change and make it accountable? If all this stops what trade will you do tomorrow? Is this the end of nation states and will we live in 2nd Life? How can we be smarter together? Are we on thee verge of letting massive availability kill the idea of greatness?
I’m sitting in the main room of Kedelhallen watching Thomas fiddle with his laptop. We’re ready to start rebooting. Yesterday we arrived in the evening, quickly checked into the hotel and went into town for a bite. After a burrito at a dodgy latin tourist trap, we went over to a stylish coffee bar for some espresso and sweets.
Aso, I’ve given my new IXUS 60 a spin yesterday, and am very pleased with it’s performance. Later I’ll start uploading some stuff to Flickr.
Or in other words, what I’ve been up to, besides keeping myself busy over at Info.nl.
Reboot 8 is shaping up to be another great conference. I’m already looking forward to seeing Matt Webb and Chris Heathcote speak, among others. I’m also still thinking about doing something myself, the question is: what?
While we’re on the topic of conferences, make sure you don’t miss The Web and Beyond — the 10th annual SIGCHI.NL event. I’ve been helping with the organisation and must say it’s promising to be an interesting look at the web 2.0 phenomenon from an interaction design perspective.
I have a heap of articles and posts lying around waiting to be fed to my del.icio.us account (I actually read all that stuff before bothering you with it). Now to just find the time to tag them all – to think this stuff is supposed to have a low cognitive load!
Right after visiting Reboot 8 I’ll be off to beautiful Italy for some much needed R&R. Be sure to keep an eye on my Flickr photostream for slightly crappy cameraphone shots of Napels, Rome, Florence and Venice. Looking forward to that!
Finally, you may have wondered about the “martial arts enthusiast” bit in this blog’s introduction. Between all of the above I’m getting myself ready for some examinations in Takeda Ryu this summer. When I get back from Vienna, I hope to be a certified teacher’s assistant and second dan in Aikido. Wish me luck.
Now back to our regular programming – deathly silence while I get some more client work out the door.
Mark Wubben’s Flickr photostream has a shot of his iCal with Reboot 8 in it. Last year’s Reboot 7 was a blast – excellent speakers, low entry fee, nice location and above all a very relaxed atmosphere. Jesse James Garrett and Bruce Sterling are confirmed speakers, worth the admission alone methinks. I’m already looking forward to attending this year’s “Roskilde of the internet” will you join me?
A few shots taken at last night’s Amsterdam IA Cocktail Hour are up at Flickr. We had a nice “Battle of the Interfaces” — Scopus and Aquabrowser facing off to see what’s best — search or browse? The results were… inconclusive. But good fun was had by all.
Here’s my notes from Andrew Dillon’s keynote at the Euro IA Summit:
Big IA has a future; little IA does not.
Geen IA vs. UX – niet jezelf definiëren aan de hand van wat je niet bent.
Data is stored, information is experienced.
Design to leverage natural tendencies. Dingen hoeven niet direct bruikbaar te zijn.
Web 2.0: van iets wat gemaakt is, naar iets wat je zelf maakt…
User: from recipient to participant, co-owner and co-designer.
UX design – niet: this is how I like it.
Weg bewegen van craft-based werk, geen consistente kwaliteit, geen systematiek in werk, weinig vooruitgang, bedreigd door snelle veranderingen in omgeving.
Ambiguity has it’s merits. You don’t have to strictly define it (IA).
No more heroes, some people may even think Jakob Nielsen’s a liability…
Organisation, curation and interaction of information.
Curation is a problem.
The architectures are our theories.
Findability is the new usability – but where’s the architecture in that?
Beyond navigation: patterning, wrapping, anchoring, emergent structure.
‘Virus of the mind’; information breeds.
Cohill, 1991, information architecture & the design project – IA as a new kind of project manager.
Real design: respect experience – augment life.
Usability is a design value, like accessibility.
Today, I’m off to Brussels for the first European IA Summit. The program looks interesting, and there’s plenty of Dutch IA’s going, so it should be fun. I’m also presenting a poster and am very curious about how people will react to it!