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IDEA conference slides from Mike Kuniavsky


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Mike Kuniavsky put a PDF version of his slides here.

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new Michael Wesch videos from IDEA 2007


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Michael Wesch, the opening keynote at IDEA last week, introduced two new videos he produced. He’s now made them publicly available.

A Vision of Students Today


Information R/evolution


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Linda Stone: Opening Keynote


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Designers have a special sensitivity and resonance with mass consciousness. Linda Stone has studied how the way we use our attention impacts and is impacted by mass consciousness. From multi-tasking, to what Stone calls, “continuous partial attention,” to focus and uni-tasking, Stone tracks twenty year social cycles, bringing a sense of context to our current, always-on lifestyle.

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Dan Hill: The New Media


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Drawing from work in both strategic and operational areas at the BBC in London, I’ll explore some of the ways big media companies are approaching the new media landscape. Far from being marginalised by Web 2.0-style operations, I’ll argue that broadcast media can be reinvented to take advantage of both its traditional strengths and the new environment it finds itself in. I’ll highlight the course we’re plotting between between the top-down, fully-articulated, designed, broadcast models and the fully-participative, emergent, vernacular, open-ended, networked models. Essentially believing there is some value in both, and lots in their potential fusion. This will include examples of strategic work defining the design and navigation principles around the next generation BBC website as well as tactical steps towards this, drawn from interactive products and services made at BBC Radio & Music. This will include using hosting music festivals in Second Life, explorations of ‘Lost’ mapped onto graphical scores, spurious relationships between urban planning and designing media systems and tricks for getting design ‘into the boardroom’.

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Robert Kalin - O Advantageous Interfaces


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A series of six discrete five-minute talks, chosen in a random order after Robert gets on stage. The subjects will range from the history of interfaces for relieving ourselves to Marshall McLuhan’s short-sighted visions of how the Web reprioritizes our senses to how Etsy is just a beginning in in the young medium that’s yet to invent itself.

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Alison Sant - TRACE: Mapping the Emerging Urban landscape


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Digital networks and wireless technologies are radically reforming the contemporary notions of urban place. As network technologies increasingly become the carriers of geographic annotations, they create an urban dynamic in which our orientation to the city is no longer based purely on static landmarks, but on a notion of theĀ  city in which spatial references may become events. This talk explores the emerging wireless landscape and references TRACE, a collaborative mapping project created by Alison Sant, to examine the interplay of wireless networks with the corporeal experience of the urban landscape.

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Ian White - “Design of Data”


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As a commodity, data serves as glue, binding people with experiences, hardware with software and theory with practice. It holds little value on its own, but through a marriage with context, data can be transformed into nonfungible, compelling and actionable information. Through examples of geospatial data and across industry, this talk will address how a context of use informs that which we seek to understand.

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Next-Generation Libraries Panel


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PANEL STATEMENT:
Libraries, long considered stodgy dusty places for books, are experiencing a renaissance, shifting to become more responsive to their communities and the individuals who use them. This panel will explore the next generation of libraries from three distinct
perspectives:

1. Edward Vielmetti, networking technology pioneer, recently began his Superpatron initiative, an attempt to allow library patrons the ability to engage directly with their library’s technology in order to get the most out of the institution. Ed will talk about his
experience “opening up” libraries covering such topics as:
- how I found the techies at the library
- how RSS feeds change library services
- co-developing a simple protocol, PatREST, w/AADL developer
- Jon Udell’s Library Lookup project
- non-library innovations like Book Burro and LibraryThing
- looking beyond big vendors for innovative ideas

2. Paul Gould, designer from MAYA, was instrumental to the redesign of the Carnegie Libraries of Pittsburgh. This marked a remarkable attempt to design the physical and virtual spaces with the user foremost in mind. Paul will talk about how entities such as libraries can create a framework that provides a common direction and co-evolutionary path for what, although interesting and useful, might otherwise be isolated or divergent efforts. Paul will use examples from MAYA’s work with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to talk about such specifics as user-centered design, information architecture, and organizational change.

3. Deborah Jacobs, City Librarian for Seattle, will discuss the evolving role of the library as a hub for the community it serves, and, naturally, share her experiences with the development of the new Central Library, perhaps the most significant new piece of public
architecture in the last decade.

See the entire program.

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Jake Barton, Interaction Design in a Physical Space


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This talk will address how does interaction design, an ordinary issue for the web, explodes in unexpected directions when applied to physical space. What happens to accepted conventions when applied to the city streets, or museum atriums? Does it create opportunities for interaction between audience members in real time? Can we encourage multi-modal interactions between participants? Does it offer the chance for persistence within a single location?

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Dave Cronin’s Presentation: Art for the Public: Supporting a visitor-directed museum experience


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The Getty operates with the mission of making its museums, gardens and extensive collections of artwork accessible and engaging to a diverse audience of visitors. This talk will discuss how the Getty and Cooper worked together to rethink and expand the way kiosks, handhelds and the Web are used to enhance and enrich the visitor experience by providing context-appropriate access to an immense body of content about the collection and architecture.

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