Avoiding Informatics Overload

Mark Hurst posts on Good Experience the argument that information overload suppresses comprehension and creates an absence of understanding and retention: To solve info overload, make friends with The Nothing

In my experience this is true, and is moreover a testable proposition.  Mark says:

Because the only way to really make information disappear, these days, . . . → Read More: Avoiding Informatics Overload

Wiki Government: Engaging Citizen Intelligence

The US Government is looking for input on a proposed ExpertNet platform to interrogate the open community of citizens for knowledge and expertise pertaining to – well – anything that may be required to know in the future! This sounds like a great idea and we would love to propose a concept for such a national . . . → Read More: Wiki Government: Engaging Citizen Intelligence

What are “Information Needs?” How do we Design for Them?

Information seeking theories often refer to the concept of information needs, a presumed cognitive state wherein an individual’s need state triggers the search behavior characteristic of information seeking in a given context. While terms such as these have migrated from a common theory to everyday colloquial use, their use in design research should be questioned . . . → Read More: What are “Information Needs?” How do we Design for Them?

Understanding New Media

OCAD and U of Toronto’s Bob Logan has published a new book just in time for 2011’s McLuhan Centenary: Understanding New Media:  Extending Marshall McLuhan

From the press release (because I have not yet read it):  Marshall McLuhan made many predictions in his seminal 1964 publication, Understanding Media: Extensions of Man. Among them were his . . . → Read More: Understanding New Media