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The organization of information is one of the most powerful factors influencing the way people think about and interact with a design. The Five Hat Racks principle, developed by Richard Saul Wurman, asserts that there are a limited number of organizational strategies, regardless of the specific application. · Watch video →
By George A. Miller. “My problem is that I have been persecuted by an integer. For seven years this number has followed me around, has intruded in my most private data, and has assaulted me from the pages of our most public journals. This number assumes a variety of disguises, being sometimes a little larger and sometimes a little smaller than usual, but never changing so much as to be unrecognizable. The persistence with which this number plagues me is far more than a random accident. There is, to quote a famous senator, a design behind it, some pattern governing its appearances. Either there really is something unusual about the number or else I am suffering from delusions of persecution.
“I shall begin my case history by telling you about some experiments that tested how accurately people can assign numbers to the magnitudes of various aspects of a stimulus. In the traditional language of psychology these would be called experiments in absolute judgment. Historical accident, however, has decreed that they should have another name. We now call them experiments on the capacity of people to transmit information. Since these experiments would not have been done without the appearance of information theory on the psychological scene, and since the results are analyzed in terms of the concepts of information theory, I shall have to preface my discussion with a few remarks about this theory.”
From NY Times: Magazine publishers may have embraced the tablet phenomenon by preparing digital editions, apps and multimedia offerings, but learning about the reader on the other side of the screen has proved more difficult. Terms used to describe content are inconsistent, and the type of data that can be collected on users varies by device. The Association of Magazine Media’s set of voluntary guidelines developed by representatives from the magazine publishers Bonnier, Condé Nast, Forbes, Hearst, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Meredith and Time Inc.
From FastCompany: Businesses live and die by the usability of their services, writes Continuum’s Rick McMullen. But how do they know when there’s a serious problem?
From ReadWriteWeb: compare three big media sites that have launched new versions of their web news properties in 2007: CNN(redesigned this weekend), USA Today (redesigned in March), and AOL News(redesigned last week).