October 28, 2003

Meme or Phenomenon?

I just visited Navneet's blog and the first post there is about a this site:Webdesign Practices. Now, I keep running into this site everywhere. This must be the fifth time in the past few days.

Interestingly, Heidi Adkisson - author of the above site - recently published an article on De-facto Web Standards at Boxes & Arrows which comes precisely a month and a half after I linked to her work on Christina Wodtke's blog. Christina, as you may know is founder, Boxes & Arrows.

Not sure if there's a connection here. Just a little curious.

This is something that I discovered today. I made that post as Christina couldn’t find a link to this poster that I knew was Adkisson’s. I found that a trifle surprising since she had written about it before. Now, three days ago, while poring over the pictures from the last IA summit in preparation to a submission for poster to the next year's conference, I stumbled across this image in which Adkisson can be seen silently watching Christina concentrating intently on the poster "Identifying De-facto Standards in Web Navigation".

Is this coincidence or are there mysterious invisible forces at work?!! Well, I think there's a simpler explanation. Unlike HCI, User Experience and Information Architecture are much newer areas. Far from being established disciplines, these are emerging practices with only a few years of accumulated knowledge. So, it's no surprise that someone interested in all these topics comes across the same news and the same people.

Not really so mysterious after all but still very interesting.

Oh, and in his post Navneet also linked to a collection of interaction design patterns on Welie.com, a site run by Martijn van Welie . I knew about this site before but what's more interesting is that only a few days ago Dr. Gerrit van der Veer - who presented at the IESUP workshops - told me that Martijn, a Phd student, is involved in one of his projects at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.

Talk of the Small World Phenomenon or perhaps more interestingly, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. And since I've been spending too much time with a bunch of academics lately, I'd say that's a damn good lead for research into our complex behaviour that we casually term as web surfing.

Related Links
Navneet’s Blog and his post
Heidi Adkisson's WebdesignPractices
Her B&A article on Web Standards
Her poster from IA Summit 2003 [1mb PDF]
The #1 book on User Experience
The #1 book on Information Architecture
Some popoular personalities in HCI, Usability, User Experience, Interaction Design and Information Architecture
Welie.com - Interaction Design Patterns
Dr. Gerrit van der Veer's Homepage
More on Small world and Kevin Bacon

October 27, 2003

New Contributor: Kingsley Jegan

Exactly two months after coming into existence, IndiaCHI now has a new contributor in Kingsley Jegan. Kingsley is from Chennai, so his joining today eradicates the North-South divide on this blog since most of the invited contributors to this blog are from Delhi while some are based at Mumbai. By the way, do check out Kingley's personal blog.

We haven’t posted much this month... I was busy with the workshops until 17th and after that there was simply too much to catch up with. As I said previously, I’m also redesigning my site and that takes a lot time if you know how slow I work. But there's lot to come. I simply have too many posts jumping around in my head that I must put down before I sleep contently!

October 05, 2003

UCD Workshops

Exciting days ahead for User Experience professionals in India. IESUP – a EU funded initiative to promote usability in India - is organising three highly focussed User Centred Design workshops at Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore from 9-15 Oct.

IESUP stands for Indo European Systems Usability Partnership. The two year project will organise seminars, workshops and research initiatives to promote Systems Usability in India.

In full-day workshops, Europe’s leading HCI experts will help Indian audiences get a clearer understanding of User Centred Design. Since these will be participative workshops, you can expect some interesting discussions too. The three workshops are:

1. Human-Centred Computing
2. User Centred Design and
3. HCI in the Curriculum

You can register for the workshops here. If you have any questions about the Delhi event, give me a call. And don't forget to tell all your friends!