I can’t begin to express how much this year’s EuroIA conference affected me – in so many positive ways.
This was a conference of Information Architects, which I attended for the first time 2 years ago, in Prague. This year’s edition was in Edinburgh, and I was pleased and honoured to be included among the speakers.
What struck me most about the programme, was that without having any announced theme, almost all the presentations, from Lisa Welchman’s opening keynote to the closer by Andrea Resmini, touched at some point on the need for those of us who design and develop content and the systems that deliver content to people to think humanistically, to be ethical, to think about doing – or “designing for” – good. Continue reading
Posted in Recommendations, Report
Tagged Andrea Resmini, Communication, Content Strategy, Culture, Design for Good, Eric Reiss, EuroIA, Humanities, Information Architecture, Interaction Design, Joe Skohl, Lisa Welchman, Ray Gallon, Transformation Society
In June and September your Humanist Nerd spoke at four different conferences. In this post, I’ll tell you about UA Europe, Congility, and TCUK. I’ll save a separate post for EuroIA.
UA Europe – In a Class By Itself
UA Europe has always struck me as different from other tech comm conferences in Europe. I’m not totally sure why, but the audience seems a bit different – perhaps with more of a traditional tech WRITING orientation. This is not to say that they aren’t interested in new aspects of tech comm practice, just that they may be more preoccupied with the specific writing aspects.
Posted in Report
Tagged Adobe, cognitive science, Congility, Content Strategy, DITA, EuroIA, future, Humanist Nerd, Ray Gallon, tcuk, Technical Communication, UA Europe, XML
This is the title of my guest post at Adobe TechComm Central. Please have a read there.
You are welcome to add comments here or in the Adobe blog.
I left Facebook on June 16, 2013.
I hated to leave – ever since I’d been in touch with former classmates, and people from my original home town, an extraordinarily special place, I have really cherished my Facebook contacts, old and new, as my network has grown and thrived.
I had to do it, though. I couldn’t stand the hypocrisy any longer.
Some of you may have heard me talk, already, about The Transformation Society – a new research group that I have co-founded in Barcelona with Dr. Neus Lorenzo, a specialist in new technologies applied to education.
I’ll be blogging more about The Transformation Society in the near future – but you can already see the results of some of our research.
Dear Readers, please visit the Gather Content blog, where I have just published a guest post: Your Software Needs a Content Strategy Too!
I’m not an academic. I haven’t done any research. I just observe the world and say what I see, and what I see is this:
- We think it’s OK to deliver personal attacks, salacious innuendo, smear campaigns, and lies, and refer to it as “political discourse.”
- We think it’s OK to advertise every product made in every part of the globe at every level of quality as “the best” – thereby rendering the word “best” meaningless.
- We think it’s OK to announce loud and clear that we are against money laundering, tax evasion, and fiscal fraud, proclaim significant measures to combat them, and do nothing.
- We think it’s OK to patent living organisms, genetic codes, and other aspects of life on this earth, as if they were industrial products.
- We think it’s OK to use a term like “intellectual property,” and we think we can buy and sell ideas.
Posted in Rants
Tagged Communication, Community, Culture, Decision support, Education, Humanities, Intuition, language, Society, Technology, Value, Violence