In this episode of Happy Monday, Sarah Parmenter and Josh Long chat with their friend, designer and illustrator Frank Chimero.
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Library websites are notoriously hard to use. Librarians and library staff spend much of their time training our patrons to use our online tools, instead of helping to develop deeper skills. While our tools are often complex, they seem to have been designed for the computers they run on rather than the people who use them. This issue has rightfully come to the forefront of the library world in recent years.
The usual debate is between making our tools so simple that anyone can use them, or training our patrons to use the complex tools. But there is middle ground here. We can make our tools easier without losing the power that much of their complexity brings. But we need to shift the burden of teaching how to use the tools from our staff to the tools themselves.
The relationship between digital and physical products is larger than if it exists on a hard drive or a shelf. It’s the tension between access and ownership, searching and finding, sharing and collecting. It’s a dance between the visible and the invisible, and what happens when we’re forced to remember versus when we are allowed to forget. How does this affect us—not just as makers, but as consumers of these products? Does collecting things matter if we don’t revisit them? We may download, bookmark, tag, organize, and star, but what then?
A digital Zen master would say that if everything is starred, nothing is. We’ve optimized the system for getting things in, but how do we get something good out? How can we make meaningful connections between all of this stuff, and make constellations out of all these stars?
Frank Chimero is a graphic designer and illustrator. He makes pictures about words and words about pictures. His fascination with the creative process, curiosity, and visual experience informs all of his work. Each piece is part of an exploration in finding wit, surprise, and joy in the world around us, then, trying to document those things with all deliberate speed.
The Non-Breaking Space Show is a podcast by Christopher Schmitt, Dave McFarland, Chris Enns interviewing the best and brightest of the web.
Matthew Reidsma of Grand Valley State University gave a talk at ALA Annual 2012 on Responsive Web Design for libraries. He led off with a discussion of the basics of Responsive Design and how it can benefit your library, and then spent the next hour walking through how to build a responsive site by tackling the elegant http://lollibrary.org website.
Other formats, including video with slides, are available at http://matthewreidsma.com/articles/23.
In 2000, when the web was less than half the age it is now, when the concept of web standards was still not much more than an ember carefully nurtured by a small group of practitioners who might fairly have been called fanatics (and less charitably, but just as accurately, lunatics), John Allsopp wrote “A Dao of Web Design”.
Little did he know, and even less can he believe, that more than a decade later, an eon in internet years, it is still widely quoted by some of the web’s most well known and respected practitioners, and considered by some to be a seminal text in web design.
So, ten years later, what does John now think about his thesis, and his suggestions for developers? In a world of highly fragmented user experiences, across all manner of screen sizes and input modes, what now seems hopelessly naïve? What if anything, stands the test of time. And what, if anything, new has John learned as he has continued to develop with web technologies over the last 10 years.
Come and listen as John revisits a Dao of Web Design.
5BY5 - The Big Web Show #8: User Experience Design
A presentation on interaction design from An Event Apart 2010.
Interaction is the secret sauce of the web. Understanding interaction is key to understanding the web as its own medium—it’s not print, it’s not television, and it’s certainly not the desktop.
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The Big Web Show #9: Responsive Web Design - 5by5
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