iterative arts observations from a UX guy

2Dec/110

New free e-book every month from the University of Chicago Press

New free e-book every month from the University of Chicago Press.

 

Free ebooks every month from UChicago Press. This month's offering is "Instructions for American Servicemen in France during World War II." Past months have offered things from Richard Stark's "Parker" novels to academic works about homosexuality in popular culture. sign up to get a reminder in your inbox every month.

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19Nov/110

I’m 24% addicted to twitter

How addicted to Twitter are you?

Created by Oatmeal

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12Oct/110

Dokeos MIND | Dokeos

I have written before about mind-mapping software, and I heartily endorsed FreePlane as an Open Source tool that was light and easy to use. And it still is.

But just today, while researching LMS's I came across this little nugget:

Dokeos MIND | Dokeos.

it's another mind-mapping tool, but this one is based on the eclipse IDE platform. It's a heavier download/install, but the d/l package immediately includes the mac, windows & linux variants, and they are self-contained, so there's nothing more to installing them than to drag the appropriate app folder somewhere sensible, double-click on the application, and voila! it opens.

The app itself is running very smoothly, allows drag-and-drop re-ordering of your mind map/tree, and has several built-in themes (almost all usable!), and several dozen pleasing graphics to spice up your nodes.

 

HTH,

 

bud

 

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8Oct/110

Five Geek Social Fallacies

Five Geek Social Fallacies.

 

Arrived at via a circuitous route: A Blast from the Web's Past (dig that background gif!)

And, yeah, I'm guilty of a few of these...

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4Oct/110

Create a Security Seal in Illustrator Using Guilloche Patterns | Vectortuts+

Create a Security Seal in Illustrator Using Guilloche Patterns | Vectortuts+.

 

iterative arts, indeed!

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3Aug/110

Download Adobe Dreamweaver Widget Browser – Adobe Labs

A useful-looking bit of kit to help you locate chunks of code (widgets) that you can incorporate into your own web designs. Requires Adobe AIR installed, but you've already got that sorted, haven't you?
Download Adobe Dreamweaver Widget Browser - Adobe Labs.

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3Aug/110

Adobe Edge

Ever wanted to work with Web Animation?

Want to get your animation playing on one of those "closed" devices from Apple?

Well, Adobe Edge will let you deal with Javascript/CSS animation on a timeline, just like Flash, but it'll output HTML5+Javascript+CSS3 files that will let you embed your animation into a page viewable on any reasonably modern web browser. Even those from Apple.

Click here to view an example from the Adobe Edge Preview's small collection of example files.

[to be clear: I didn't create this animation or any of the artwork in it. That's all ©opyright Adobe™, Inc. I'm just putting it up here because I think it's damned cool.]

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2Aug/110

Blog down your fines!

I want to shake the hand of the clever person who thought of this idea. Very smart way to engage teens with reading and writing, with very little cost to the library.

Teen Reviews August 2, 2011 - Word Out 2011.

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26Jul/110

Defending The Generalists In The Web Design Industry – Smashing Magazine

Defending The Generalists In The Web Design Industry - Smashing Magazine.

 

^^^^ THIS!

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26Jul/110

The Map is not the Territory

To postmodernists et al: Korzybskis oft-quoted "the map is not the territory" presupposes there is a territory. And he went on to say that "a maps usefulness lies in its structural similarity to reality." Maps are not arbitrary; they should be rational. We understand the universe through mental models - maps - but some maps are plain wrong, while others are the best we can make so far.

via John Meaney, writing Big Ideas, Little Ideas - Charlies Diary.

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