(Here’s the third post on the 2007 IA Summit. You can find the first one that introduces the series and describes the first theme ‘tangible’ here and the second one on ‘social’ here.)
Typically, IAs have concerned themselves with the design of web sites. The metaphor most suited and used for the web so far has been space. Even the term ‘information architecture’ points to this. Nowadays, besides having to tackle the social dimension (as per the previous trend mentioned) IAs are forced to rethink the spatial metaphor in favour of a new one: the web as platform. This means designing for a web of data, where sites become data sources and tools to view and manipulate that data. This is a far cry from the old hierarchical model. Like design for social software, IAs are still exploring this new territory.
Jared Spool talked about the usability challenges of web 2.0 and focussed on (among many things) the shortcomings of RSS and the dangers of mash-ups. RSS as a technology is pretty cool, but no normal user intuitively understands its application. This is a technology still looking for a killer app. Mash-ups are typically made by enthusiastic amateurs looking to combine available data sources or interfaces. This means we’ll see a wave of sites with serious usability issues. I’m not sure that’s a bad thing per se, but still something to look out for.
Street art hero Banksy strikes again: he’s spread 500 mashed up copies of Paris Hilton’s new album through 48 record stores in the UK. This excellent video shows how he goes about Photoshopping and pasting up the booklet, inserting a new CD and sneaking it into an HMV shop. The music on the spoof album was created by hip-hop producer Danger Mouse.
Guys like him make life in the 21st century slightly more bearable; Banksy proves ordinary citizens can provide some counterweight to mass media with well-executed and highly targeted actions. HMV doesn’t agree: “It’s not the type of behaviour you’d want to see happening very often”.
“Onlangs verscheen een aardig artikel in het Tijdschrift voor Marketing van de hand van Ferry den Dopper, waarin een aantal web 2.0 aspecten worden uitgelegd aan marketeers. Eén van die aspecten is remix – het fenomeen waarbij één of meerdere websites worden gebruikt als basis voor een nieuwe dienst. Den Dopper staat daarbij heel kort stil bij de juridische implicaties van deze waardetoevoeging door derden. “Some rights reserved” schrijft hij en citeert daarbij het Creative Commons-initiatief.”
How cool is that: Tripods — a game that uses Google Maps for its game board. Work with other players to destroy evil tripods that look suspiciously much like Google Maps’ pink markers with two extra legs attached. :-D Way cool.