Adaptive Path’s is coming to Vancouver; Register Now!

Coming in November is the third installment of our successful and well-loved UX Intensive event, taking place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 12-15. In this workshop, you are taught by leaders in their fields:

  • Brandon Schauer — Design Strategy
  • Todd Wilkens — Design Research
  • Dan Saffer — Interaction Design
  • Chiara Fox — Information Architecture

Register by Friday, September 21 for deeply discounted prices. Use promotional code FOPM to get an additional 15% off the registration price.

I’ve been making a list of Canadian things Adaptive Path loves (which are mostly things *I* love about Canada):

  • maple syrup
  • Mounties
  • Terry Fox
  • Nanaimo bars
  • butter tarts (without raisins)
  • poutine from Le Banquise in Montreal
  • Bob and Doug McKenzie
  • gay marriage
  • single-payer health care
  • Broken Social Scene, The New Pornographers
  • animated shorts (particularly “The Big Snit” and “The Sweater”)
  • dressing as if you could go hiking or canoeing at any moment
  • Marshall McLuhan
  • politeness
  • Steve Nash
  • the theme song to “The Littlest Hobo”
  • early David Cronenberg films
  • “The Sweet Hereafter”
  • saying “process” and “project” with long “o”s, but “produce” with a short “o”
  • Banff

Rachel Hinman Demystifies Data Analysis

My Adaptive Path colleague Rachel Hinman just published an essay on our site titled Demystifying Data Analysis. She’s addressing what it takes to make sense of the data you’ve gathered after conducting user research — you’ve got transcripts, interviews, photographs, diaries, notes, and the like… now what?

She clearly articulates how to see your way through this part of the design process, coming out on the other end with a set of directives for your design work. Good stuff!

Graphic Novel Settings

Daniel Clowes, probably still my favorite comics artist, has begun a new story for The New York Times’ Funny Pages, Titled Mister Wonderful (PDF).


In reading the first installment, I realized the setting was none other than Gaylord’s, quite possibly Oakland’s best coffeehouse, and also Dan Clowes local haunt (I’ve seen him on Piedmont Ave, where Gaylord’s is).

Get Satisfaction/Give Satisfaction

Congrats to the Satisfaction team for the launch of their new service. (Lane Becker, whom I used to work with, toils there now.)

The home page for Satisfaction (which in part looks like this:)


I suspect might have been inspired by an old Adaptive Path favorite, the (since redesigned) home page for Hay Net, a service of the Farm Service Agency that connects farmers who have hay with farmers who need it.<

What’s the Big IDEA?

I’ve been remiss in pimping IDEA 2007, the conference I’ve programmed, taking place 4-5 October in New York City.

Last year’s IDEA was a remarkable experience for me, establishing a new event and catalyzing, I hope, a new community. This year continues that with a selection of speakers addressing a wide range of approaches within the subject of designing complex information spaces.

Due to our setting, there’s definitely a strong New York City theme: Rachel Abrams talking about the Taxi Project; Jake Barton talking about a New York City-based project; Chenda Fruchter showing us behind the scenes at 311 (the remarkable New York City information service); Sylvia Harris, who’s worked in information design in New York City for 25 years; and Kevin Slavin, renowned for such Big Urban Games as Pac-Manhattan.

But wait, there’s more! For a slightly more theoretical and academic bent, I’m thrilled that we have Michael Wesch, professor from Kansas State University, who took the web by storm with his The Machine is Us/ing Us video. And Alex Wright, author of the recently published GLUT, sharing historical case studies on remarkable information systems. And finishing off with David Weinberger, author of Everything is Miscellaneous, and general all-around smart man.

But wait, there’s more! David Rose from Ambient Devices and Mike Kuniavsky from ThingM (formerly of Adaptive Path) will be sharing their experiences bridging complex information and physical devices. Mike will be sharing his experiences designing WineM, the intelligent wine rack, which you can see here.

And we’re bringing back Fernanda Viegas, who will be joined by her inestimable colleague Martin Wattenberg, to talk about Many Eyes, their social information visualization tool.

This conference is going to totally unscrew your skull and scramble your brain. In a good way.