The Information Architecture Institute
A conference on designing
complex information spaces of all kinds.
New York City, October 4 and 5, 2007

Archive for September, 2006

Dan Hill - Scary Smart

Dan Hill, producer at BBC Music and Radio Interactive, is scary smart. If you want a peak inside his never-facile brain, I suggest his recent post, “Movements in Modern Media.” Warning: not for the faint of mind.

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We have a final program!

With the National Park Service rejoining us, the program for the IDEA Conference is now final!

And what a collection of people — a museum designer (Jake Barton), two interaction designers (Dave Cronin and Dan Hill), two information visualizers (Mike Migurski and Fernanda Viegas), a communication designer (Paul Gould), a design planner and former Park Ranger (David Guiney) a librarian (Deborah Jacobs), a media artist (Ali Sant), an author (Bruce Sterling), a consultant (Linda Stone), a computer networking pioneer (Ed Vielmetti), a geographic information systems technologist (Ian White), and whatever Robert Kalin labels himself.

All of them are brought together in their work designing complex information spaces — some times web, sometimes environmental, sometimes media.

Given this collection of folks, I’m certain this is going to be an amazing event.

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The National Park Service is back on!

A couple weeks ago, I wrote that the NPS had to back out of IDEA. However, I found out last week, and confirmed today, that David Guiney, who has worked at the Interpretive Design Center since the mid-70s, will be able to join us! Considering the scope of their efforts and contribution, they’re getting two programming slots. The first slot will address the breadth of media that the Park Service designs, ranging from brochures and maps to signage and waysides (those contextual signs by the side of a trail), to exhibits in visitors centers.

The second slot will directly address the challenges, questions, and concerns that the NPS faces, such as:

  • What should be centralized, and what should be local?
  • How do we judge and measure audience response?
  • How do we translate the “Ranger Experience” to media?
  • What’s the appropriate balance between information and interpretation?

I’m thrilled to have them back. Their contribution will be immense!

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