Posted by: char booth | 19 September 2008

this post features adventure, experience design, and headline etiquette.

I’m looking forward to David Lee King’s upcoming book on experience design and creating user-centered websites (thanks, Lia). His chapter on the subject in Information Tomorrow was excellent, and from what I understand this book takes the same practical and readable approach.

One aspect of experience/instructional design that I find compelling is its crossover potential – David’s book is obviously not intended for a strictly librarian audience. I love it when librarians bring their insight into the user experience to benefit other fields, and this is an excellent example of the type of work that puts what we do best in better perspective. On the flip side, librarians can and should benefit from the number of fields that have developed effective ways to educate and inform. I’m tackling a design-oriented book project this year that translates ideas in instructional/experience design and visual literacy to education in a library context, which I have found to be of great help in creating a variety of effective learning experiences from classroom instruction to staff training to web tutorials and so on.

As a consummate writer of opaque blog post titles, this article gave me a moment’s pause – it’s interesting to think about the various audiences (human and electronic) of web-based writing and how a title can influence readership. That said, I’m not sure I’m capable of cleaning up my act…

Highlight of the week? Listening to Michael Chabon read from his awesome serialized adventure novel Gentlemen of the Road, which I highly recommend. Where did I do this, you might ask? At my library, that’s where.

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  1. Yep. I just received my helpful RSS feed of the latest TOC from the Gay and Lesbian Review. It sure made it easier to browse the issue with helpful titles like “This Critical Moment” and “Mad About the Boys.” Kinda undoes the usefulness of the thing.

  2. that goes down as the fastest comment ever. i’m mad about this critical moment, for sure.

  3. There was someone on NPR tonight (Marketplace, I think) talking about that headline issue and how we need to think about making our information more machine readable because that is how people will find us.

  4. derik – i tried unsuccessfully to find this on the npr and marketplace site – it was a little hilarious to search things like “blog” and “headline” and “titles” to find a story, let me tell you. if you can turn this up again let me know.

  5. Here you go:

    http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/09/19/pm_baker_commentary/

  6. thanks. doesn’t really bode well for my librarian skills that i couldn’t find that, eh? i’ll just blame their site search.

  7. I just browsed by day.


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