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6 years ago
Our team (Daniel, Brian S., Manav, Jamie) created the Holoworlds Histodeck. This learning space is conceived as modular in form and function. Starting from the premise that hard-to-access alternate realities are optimum sites for virtual environments, and not incidentally hard to access from a learning perspective, we created a holodeck program that brings different histori...
As a designer who's been an in-house designer for quite some time, I've always been interested in solving a particular kind of challenge: How can we, ourselves, utilize ‘new' things and new technologies without the need or expense of an agency solution? We are in the middle of planning for a new exhibition in January: “The Voice Show, 200 Episodes” (tentative title). "The Voice”, in Teachers College Record (TCR), will have its 200th episode in November, and we'd like to highlight and share its tremendous value with the Teachers College (TC) community. Ideally, we'd like to select, organize ...
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The TC125 History Show has begun on the third floor! In honor of Teachers College's 125th Anniversary, the EdLab design team began installing the exhibition which will depict significant events in TC's history.The third floor space utilizes a loose timeline structure divided by themes. The content displayed was gathered by the library services team and more content will be added throughout the year as the show progresses. Please feel free to email us with any noteworthy events you can think of! All text is cut vinyl (thin plastic sheets with adhesive backing). Installation of the exhibiti...
One of the most frequent mistakes in UX that I've noticed: we so easily assume that people just know, because... we know. This quickly falling into assumption is especially common within the technology world. Everyday, something new or some advancement in our knowledge takes place, and of course, someone gets to know something earlier than when others might acquire that same knowledge. Quickly we forget that it's new information, and before long, we're acting as if everyone else also knows. As a designer, I always try keeping this mind. Last week, I had a moment like this at our NLT laun...
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 ...
Building Online Credibility in your Profession (it helps our organization too) As organizations improve their online presence, their brand and credibility in the minds of others increases. Their ability to communicate and interact with a wider audience, community or industry is extended exponentially.  The same is true for individuals, and why it's to your advantage to 'position and support' the brand of the organizations that you work for on your LinkedIn profile. As individuals, we too need and benefit from this online presence of credibility.  LinkedIn...
7 years ago
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At EdLab, we work as a team on many diverse projects and we all wear different hats: project (product) manager, engineer, researcher and designer. Personally, I am very interested in HOW each team can work better together, and WHAT is the best practice. We all approach our projects differently, each as their own expert within an area, and sometimes these differences can create some roadblocks. Recently, I've experienced a very good work-process that I'd like to share with everyone. Please keep in mind that this is just one of many good team work-practices in use, and I'm not s...