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  1. Ventures and Adventures In Topography - The London Perambulator

    This week John and Nick take a dérive through James Bone’s The London Perambulator published in 1925. Bone’s view of the city was idiosyncratic and hard to pin down, he was drawn to the overlooked and maligned corners of the metropolis. He dreamed of having the keys to the spirit of London and preached the virtues of night-time perambulations in all weathers.

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  2. Neocartography: Mapping Design and Usability Evolved

    Designers are dropping maps into their applications with little concern for usability or design and users are getting "Google Map fatigue." We need to move beyond the simple pin-dropping and consider appropriate mapping interfaces. This panel will look at the current and emerging tools to provide compelling geographic interaction and visualization.

    Andrew Turner, Mapufacture

    Michal Migurski, Stamen Design

    David Heyman, Axis Maps LLC

    Elizabeth Windram, Google


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  3. You are (Mostly) Here: Digital Space & The Context Problem

    Andrew Hinton discusses the problem of context. He gives summary of how context changes our understanding of various objects - from art to photographs to territories. In the digital realm, he contends that we are actively creating context: "The Map creates the Territory." The result is a kind of context collapse that we don't yet have the language or tools to deal with.

    He sees the creation of context and the creation of a language to describe it as one of the primary jobs of information architecture.

    The slides for this presentation are available on slideshare:

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  4. Jeffrey Veen – Designing our way through data | Web Directions

    The hype around Web 2.0 continues to increase to the point of absurdity. We hear all about a rich web of data, but what can we learn from these trends to actually apply to our designs? You’ll take a tour through the past, present, and future of the web to answer these questions and more:

    * What can we learn from the rich history of data visualization to inform our designs today?
    * How can we do amazing work while battle the constant constraints we find ourselves up against?
    * How do we really incorporate users into our practice of user experience?

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  5. FutureCast: Re-imagining the Suburbs

    On December 17th 2009 Jerry Michalski hosted IFTF's second FutureCast with Eric Corey Freed, Allison Arieff, and June Williamson to discus the changing suburban landscape.

    Eric Corey Freed is director of Urban Re:vision, founder of organicARCHITECT, and author of numerous books including Green Building for Dummies. He is a leader in green buildings and socially responsible design. Freed is also a judge for Reburbia, a design competition dedicated to re-envisioning the suburbs.

    Allison Arieff writes the "By Design: column for the NY Times and is Food and Shelter Ambassador for GOOD. She is former Senior Content Lead for IDEO and continues to consult on media, sustainability, and design for organizations including Urban Revision. She was Editor in Chief of Dwell from 2002-2006, as well as their founding Senior Editor. In addition, she is author books Prefab and Trailer Travel: A Visual History of Mobile America.

    June Williamson is a professor of architecture at New York City College and co-author of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs, a guidebook for redesigning and redeveloping suburban cities to meet our current demographic, technological, and economic needs.

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  6. Great Work Interview - Merlin Mann

    How the present is a “remedial course for the future” – and the pros and cons of those ‘creation myth’ stories of where people find clues for their Great Work The importance of an open heart and just where that might lead you The connection between productivity and creativity The two levels of prioritization (and how freeing it is to know that) And quite a bit more

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  7. The War for the Web

    Tim O'Reilly Web 2.0 Conference 23 minutes, 11mb, recorded 2009-11-17

    The early days of the internet were truly astonishing. As people came to comprehend the power of networked information, they seized the many opportunities for innovation created by the open architecture of the web. Of course, the browser wars also showed that threats to openness and interoperability were a real danger. Today, Tim O'Reilly worries that escalating competition between large companies and closed platforms may drive the web towards a battle ground of locked down services and proprietary data.

    As large, powerful players have emerged on the internet landscape, you don't have to look far to see some troubling skirmishes between opposing forces. O'Reilly touches on several examples where well known web applications include features designed to limit flexibility and user choice. To some extent, limits may be necessary to protect privacy, but in some cases, there is clear intent to lock in users at the expense of the competition. The situation is even more extreme in the mobile arena.

    Will the large companies play by the cherished rules of the open web as we've known it? It may depend on how "the cloud" grows. As web service companies such as Amazon, Google, Apple and Microsoft make O'Reilly's notion of the web 2.0 "internet as a platform" a reality, they will have choices on how to maneuver. There is pressure for the giants to forge alliances, and leverage unique services as weapons to gain competitive advantage in the marketplace. But, history has shown that internet success often comes if you "do what you do best, link to the rest". O'Reilly urges companies to stick to their core strengths, maintain an open architecture, and embrace the "small pieces loosely joined" philosophy.


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