Archive for the ‘Information Architecture’ Category

Tune In, Cloud On, Rock Out!

May 23, 2012

One thing about working real hard is that a lot of things I’d love to post about never seem to make it to the top of the queue, and then the blog turns into “here are my slides, here is a video of my talk, here is a weird song by the band, here is another conference I attended,” etc.

A lot of the best stuff stays in draft form or as brain crack, or gets hinted at in tweets and not much more.

And then I miss even the important stuff, like where’s my book-ending “hey, I left AOL, or should I say AOL left me” post? Maybe I’ll still post it, or maybe this is going in my book, as I like to threaten people from time to time.

So I’m way past overdue mentioning to my surviving blog audience that I have taken a new job, director of product at CloudOn. I started this month and am neck deep in it already, hence the lack of extended “enjoying my severance” essays and photo journals.

Our product right now is a free app for iPad and Android tablets that enables you to edit and work with Microsoft Office files “in the cloud.” That’s the logline. There’s more to it (Dropbox and Google Drive and Box support! Acrobat Reader and image files! etc.), and there’s lots more to come, but that’s the gist of it today. Personal productivity across platforms, helping people get things done with the most convenient device available, seamless experiences across context.

This is the kind of user experience and product management work I love to do. Hard problems with vast theoretical underpinnings and thousands of difficult decisions required to actually ship something real, early and often.

I’m recruiting a UX team, currently looking for a visual design maven to anchor our in-house design practice, and ultimately building a more well rounded product and UX operation as we grow.

We hit 1,000,000 iPad downloads yesterday, I think, so there’s not a minute to lose!

Video of 'Playful Design' from UX Lisbon

December 9, 2011

Back in May I posted my slides from my talk at UX Lisbon this spring, on the topic of Playful Design.

Recently, the UX LX organizers released a free version of the video of my talk (including a very brief little ukulele demo at the end), so here it is for y’all:

'Leonardo' talk featured in August 2011 IA Institute Newsletter

August 11, 2011

The IA Institute reports that they added the slides and video from my keynote at the Italian IA Summit to the institute’s library, in the latest issue of the monthly IA Institute Newsletter.

UXLx 2011 video passes available

July 1, 2011

If you missed UX Lisbon this year, you can now a buy a pass that gets you access to more than six hours of video from the presenters, as excerpted in this UXLx 2011 highlights reel:

At just under €50, that sounds like a bargain to me. Check it out!

We are all Leonardo now (live) (recorded)

June 24, 2011

Video of my keynote presentation at this year’s Italian Information Architecture Summit in Milan is available on the event’s website (Video | Summit Italiano di Architettura dell’Informazione).

As it’s hosted on Vimeo, I’ll also embed it right here:

(V° Summit Architettura dell’Informazione – 1 from Italian IA Summit on Vimeo.)

I previously posted the slides from this talk under the heading My keynote from the Italian IA Summit.

'Playful Design' at UX Lisbon

May 17, 2011

Here are my slides from UX Lx. In the coming weeks, the video broadcast will be made available (for a small fee) at the UX Lisbon site, and sometime next year they will be shared freely in the ramp up to UX LX 2012.

Didoo's Area Web Portfolio

May 6, 2011

A brief write-up in Italian of my keynote address from the Italian Summit, “We Are All Leonardo Now,” appears in Didoo’s Area Web Portfolio.

My keynote from the Italian IA Summit

May 6, 2011

UPDATED: Fixed the typo(s) on slide 84 and re-uploaded.

I just noticed a typo, so will update, but wanted to share this quickly. not sure how much sense it will make without the audio (or for that matter this morning’s live-streamed video):

Perpetual Prototype

November 8, 2010

Neil MacDonald reviews Designing Social Interfaces at his site Perpetual Prototype: An Information Architecture Blog, writing

If you are considering designing a site with social features, this book is a must read.

Summit interview with Kent State’s Tom Froehlich

July 13, 2010

When I was in Phoenix for the IA Summit this year, I had the privilege of sitting down with Tom Froehlich of Kent State University’s information department (with Valerie Kelly behind the camera) for a chat about IA, design patterns, social design, and more:

They also spoke with Donna Spencer, Andrea Resmini, Andrew Hinton, Luke Wroblewski, Kevin Cheng, and Eric Reiss, and I look forward to watching their videos too.