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Detail Clarifies – Designing Information the Edward Tufte Way

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to New York City to attend a course on data and information presentation techniques taught by Edward Tufte, Professor Emeritus at Yale University. Tufte is one of the foremost thinkers on the subject of analytical design and data visualization. He addressed a packed house at the Manhattan Centre on his approach to creating credible, engaging and persuasive presentations. This post is a brief writeup of my notes from the course.  If you're interested in further info I would highly recommend that you pick up ET's latest book Beautiful  Evidence or any of the other titles that are available on his website. (more…)

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MT2 Multitouch Table at the Ontario Science Centre

For the past month I've been working on a project to demo and evaluate a multitouch computing platform at the Ontario Science Centre. The MT2 Table was designed by IDEUM a specialty exhibitry and media company located in Corrales, New Mexico. In addition to being personally pumped about getting to work with this new emergent interface technology, I'm also very optimistic about its potential for creating fun and engaging exhibits. It's still early days, but we're working to rigorously evaluate how our visitors respond to the content that we're offering. (more…)

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Toronto Cultural Attractions Web Summit 2009

v0.3, hosted by the AGO web team.

Every four months or so, the web teams from the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Ontario Science Centre, get together to talk web. This post is a summary of the third such meeting, which took place in the AGO's beautiful new building. Seriously, if you haven't visited yet, do yourself a favour and go. It's a highly pleasurable experience. The meeting marked the introduction of new format for the summit: the un-conference. So far, each organization has had their own unique take on hosting. But with the un-conference I think we've found a format that offers the highest value for the time spent. (more…)

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New, custom 404 page

One of those oft forgotten details that falls through the cracks when redesigning a site, the custom 404 page is an art form unto itself. Check out some of those who have tread this path Read more…

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