Joe Lamantia recently published a two-part essay on tag clouds. He’s managed to create a nice primer on tagging from an IA’s point of view. His tone of voice is a bit academic, which may turn you off, but his predictions of future directions for tagging and tag clouds are spot on .
A while ago I tried to come to grips with the tagging phenomenon in a series of posts on open.info.nl (in Dutch). The last one was on facetted tagging. Lamantia briefly mentions this as a new direction, but doesn’t really describe how he imagines this would work.
I’m in the planning phase of a facetted tagging demo, and still not sure how to approach it: should content editors specify the facets within which content users can tag, or should the facets be tags as well. In other words – how far should we go in relinquishing control over metadata?
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.
I must say, these look like some excellent additions to the current body of knowledge available to designers and developers. Thanks a bunch Yahoo!
However, my paranoid mind can’t help but think: what’s the catch?
Our poster presentation at the Euro IA Summit was a lot of fun. We had some good spirited discussion on our concept of Landing Pages. If you’re interested, have a look at the poster here (A4PDF, 420 KB)
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!
This year the first European Information Architecture Summit will be held in Brussels, Belgium on October 15–16. I’ll be there to present a poster together with Almar van der Krogt on an interesting navigation concept we developed for a large marketing website. If you’re an IA, or are involved in the structuring of information for online media, then this is definitely the event for you!