Interfaces

Where is the software that can help us cope with the massive amounts of information that we deal with on a daily basis? Patrick Dubroy points out the problems with current personal information management , and makes suggestions about how to
improve the situation.

It’s true: even simple projects get messy. Christina Wodtke comes clean on Swiss Army knives, the writing on the wall, and the untidy glory of the Boxes and Arrows redesign contest.

September 19th, 2006

Ambient Signifiers

How I Learned to Stop Getting Lost and Love Tokyo Rail

When navigating a complex system—be it a website or a large
transport network—it’s easy to get lost. Ross Howard points out how
subtle signifiers can make a big difference.

The recent rise in more powerful technologies that provide richer user experiences online has presented us with a challenge. As designers, we are moving from from designing for “PIAs” to designing for “RIAs.” Does our documentation style change with the technology? Will our standard ways do the job?

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