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Cue the orchestra: New Learning Times (NLT) will be presented to its first 'small group' of the public next week! Finally, the product that we've been working on for a long time will be officially presented to the public. This event will be for a limited audience (the Teachers College and Columbia communities), but it still represents a very exciting moment for everyone within EdLab. While readying ourselves for this special event, I've been working on a small project that will help share with the public a little on our NLT development process. I'd like to share it with our EdLab fam...
Holiday Greetings are serious business that can support and extend our brand. As some of you may already know, today, EdLab sent out its first 'Happy Holidays' e-card to those we have had contact with in the past. The holiday message e-card (animated GIF) is a great way to spread the warmth and joy of the season, and remind the recipient of EdLab. Keeping it a genuine message of the season, rather than being too product-focussed, is the best tone for this type of message, in my opinion. There's another side to think about too: subscriber management. As this message is going out,...
To underline, or not to underline. That is the question. I asked this question recently to someone who came in for an interview, but I'd like to open it up and ask everyone about their current thinking on the matter. So, 'to underline, or not to underline'? Why is it that the 'underlined hyperlink style' is disappearing? Looking at mobile publications, many of them have dropped 'underlining' links. There are still some mobile publication apps adhering to underlines (on the small screens we read). Many are letting go of the underline style that indicates there's a related Web ...
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Since the NLT will already have a built-in photo gallery, here is a scroll-through "timeline" that puts it to use as more than just a photo viewer; it lets us tell a story. This concept works for Greg's recent Research Digest. The ribbon concept is adopted from the NLT logo... does it tie the look together?
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I tried to share this video about CREATIVITY on Vialogues, but didn't see a way: http://vimeo.com/16480283 I like to hear many, many different ideas from very different perspectives. There are many different definitions for design, and this video shows an interesting ONE of them. Stefan is a designer I've been interested in for a long time. So, guys and gals...
Greg and I worked together to come up with this idea for the Vialogues Error pages... Hoping to apply some of the randomization effects I experimented with jquery earlier... what do you think? Each error page will have an icon that plays off the vialogue box... i.e. door for forbidden error, and detour arrow for internal server error I like blue... But should we go for red instead?
Chrome Experiments has been around for a few years, but continues to garner attention as a playground for HTML5, canvas, and javascript experimentation. Programmers and designers are invited to submit any experiments that push the boundaries of interactive design for web, knowing full well that they probably won't work on all browsers. What a freeing concept! Especially in a time where clients are still asking for cross-browser compatibility (argh to IE...). Anyways, here is...
I just finished my first day of a 2-day workshop run by Engine — a design group that focuses on service design. What is service design? Good question! It's pretty much as simple as it sounds, design processes applied to designing services. Of course, there's the challenge: services are complex by nature, involving "four P's": People, Places, Processes, and Products (not to be confused with the four P's of marketing). And watch out for wicked problems! I'm participating in this workshop to better understand the work we can do to deliver amazing services throughout the library and lab. I'm joined by designers from large and small companies, across many industries. Today we learned about some very interesting methods and cases. For example: the double diamond design process. I've been reflecting on our own home-grown CSG processes, and how we modify them especially for service design. There have been some interesting discussions of how to involve both key stakeholders and customers throughout various stages of a design process — and the challenges and opportunities at stake. I'll report more on our progress tomorrow.
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