Of Librarians and Architects

Search for a definition of “librarian” and you’ll find that the best you get is essentially “anyone employed in a library.” That’s not a particularly helpful definition if you want to understand what a librarian actually is. A more useful definition of librarian is someone who organizes, retrieves, maintains systems that enable access to, or teaches […]

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Poor Structure by Design

  It’s easy to think of examples of well-structured information: websites, cook books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc. But when recently challenged to think of an example of a poorly structured information source, I struggled. By definition, every worthwhile information source has some kind of navigable structure that allows you to bypass what’s of no value and […]

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Information Management, Information Strategy

Those of us working in fields that keep the internet up and running—web designers, content producers, content strategists, interaction designers, app developers, and the like—are constantly forced to explain the murky job titles we’re saddled with. I could compile a dictionary-thick folder full of the articles I’ve seen in the last five years trying to […]

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The Value of Wireframing

Wireframing is often the first step in transforming the idea for a website into reality. Before a developer can write the code that will determine the mechanics of how the website will work, a designer has to provide detailed style guides and mockups of what the website should look like. Before a designer can plan […]

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Mobile App Pitch

This is a proposal exercise for a hypothetical mobile app. Anyone who’s a regular traveler on the ferries operated by the Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company is familiar with the website used to place trip reservations, www.88844ferry.com. Based on messages that greet callers to their phone-based reservation system, it’s clearly the medium that the […]

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This is Your Online Capital

An array of social media platforms originally designed to generate capital for the companies that host them are now being used to create a different form of capital: personal reputation capital. The users generating this new form of online capital are using it to secure employment, to personally satisfy themselves, or to build a following […]

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It’s Not Real

This is just a quick entry to capture an Internet moment before it slips away into the Bin of the Forgotten (otherwise known as things that are more than 24 hours old). I was struck by a short article published in Vogue titled An Instagram Star Quits Social Media, Says It’s Not Real Life. I don’t […]

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