Meet me at IA Summit 2008

Tomorrow afternoon I’m heading down to Miami, FL to attend IA Summit 2008, a conference for information architects. While I don’t strictly call myself an IA, information architecture is a very important part of what I do as a user experience designer. Many of the most influential leaders in our field will be speaking or [Keep Reading…]

Flickr introduces video

Flickr announced today that they are now offering video. Now when you log in to Flickr, this is what you see: Before I go any further, I have to admit that while I watch a lot of video online, I don’t post much video online. Aside from helping my mom post her videos to YouTube, [Keep Reading…]

Links from 4/4/2008 to 4/5/2008

Microsoft Gives Yahoo Ultimatum: Sign Deal In 3 Weeks Or We Cut Bid – Silicon Alley InsiderWhen Google sweep in and end this? Seesmic + Twhirl is a Vision of the Web's Future – ReadWriteWebThis could be really awesome or a huge failure. As a Twhirl user, I'm hoping for the former. Red Envelope Saga [Keep Reading…]

The importance of delivery to New Yorkers

I recently discovered, what TechCrunch called “Kozmo for booze.” For those of you who never knew, they were a movie-and-snacks delivery service that operated in Manhattan (and later in other cities) in the late-90s. Their angle was that they delivered your order for free in under an hour. I was one of their [Keep Reading…]

Update on Amazon’s TextBuyIt

As you may have read on Wednesday, I bought a book through Amazon’s new service TextBuyIt. I was really impressed by the user flow and was able to buy the book I was looking for in about two minutes. Even more incredible is that the book showed up at my house yesterday morning, just two [Keep Reading…]

Design — Architect — Engineer

I’m talking about the verbs, not the nouns. To design. To architect. To engineer. These words are often conflated — a common source of despair for those of us in the related fields, misunderstood and misidentified. This issue has been tackled by many people far more seasoned and insightful than me. But if I may [Keep Reading…]

Text message your order to Amazon

Amazon launched a new service yesterday called TextBuyIt in which you can look up and compare product info via SMS and purchase with your pre-existing account. I tried it out this morning by texting “Purple cow” to short code 262966 (“Amazon” on the keypad). A moment later I got a response that read: Reply w/1 [Keep Reading…]