A Taxonomy of Urban Ills

What could go wrong?Part of my week includes contract work locating and documenting APIs to be listed on ProgrammableWeb.com. One that I found had documented a rather complete taxonomy of urban ills listing all the problems a citizen might encounter in city life.

#c4l12 Wrap-up

My recent week chock full of Code4Lib goodness was sponsored by Amanda Vizedom of Wind River Consulting. She’d been lucky enough to grab one of the precious few available registrations …

Yep. Chilly.

Twitter to restrict user content in some countries, according to Reuters. This is more an instant deep freeze than a chilling effect. We’ve managed to fend off government attempts to …

Overdesign

No, not as in ├╝berdesign, but as in designing more than the interaction really needs. Someone just looks silly if their text talks about putting an X in the checkbox …

Aggregated Aggregation

Aggregation of ownership within the media business has continued to the point that only six sets of management-types control 90% of information content, including what passes for news, available commercially to Americans. The view of who’s supplying what information is even less clear in the mashed up muddle of distributed and aggregated content.

When Helping Doesn’t Help

Finally, someone calls out the supposed design mavens at Apple for the intrusive, cartoony showboating of the Mac UI. Now I’m not saying the iPod is anything but slick, intuitive, …

Train Wreck

A value scenario for the use of metaphor in design Metaphor has a power to mislead and misdirect. Kensing and Madsen (1991) introduce it as a tool to start conversations …