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Entries from April 28th, 2006

Google’s SketchUp

April 28th, 2006 Comments Off on Google’s SketchUp

Google enters the world of 3D software with a free 3D tool called SketchUp. Google SketchUp (free) is an easy-to-learn 3D modeling program that enables you to explore the world in 3D. With just a few simple tools, you can create 3D models of houses, sheds, decks, home additions, woodworking projects – even space ships. […]


Digital to analogue – snail mail

April 28th, 2006 1 Comment

Shiny Letter is a new Web 2.0 startup. They have the requisite rounded corners, the perpetual ‘beta’, and a reflective logo. What is interesting about them is the service they provide. It is truly analogue. You write a letter (up to 4 pages long) then choose a font. Pay them US$2 on your credit card […]


BBC 2.0 vs Fox’s MySpace

April 28th, 2006 1 Comment

Today Sydney Morning Herald – The BBC, which receives about 3 billion pounds ($7.19 billion) a year in public funding, has announced plans to relaunch its Web site to incorporate more user-generated content such as blogs and video, as well as developing new broadband portals in areas including sports, music, health and science. James MacManus, […]


More on Wikipedia usage / prod-users & pro-sumers

April 28th, 2006 Comments Off on More on Wikipedia usage / prod-users & pro-sumers

Andrew McAfee at Harvard posts about Wikipedia statistics and discusses whether or not it is realistic to expect consumer to producer ratios to be higher in enterprise uses of wikis and blogs than in the real world. What is interesting are the figures for Wikipedia from their November 2005 statistics. I think there’s also a […]


Hagel on SOAs and Web 2.0 applications in enterprise

April 26th, 2006 Comments Off on Hagel on SOAs and Web 2.0 applications in enterprise

Although sometimes a museum environment seems a long way from a traditional ‘enterprise’, this post from John Hagel raises some interesting points around the resistance to Web 2.0 applications inside enterprises and contrasts Web 2.0 with Service Oriented Applications (SOAs). There will be some resonance in the quote below – particularly as museums move more […]


SF Film Festival Video Remix Project

April 24th, 2006 1 Comment

The San Francisco Film Festival has teamed up with Yahoo to allow people to ‘remix’ films from the festival. All online. Its quite amazing. Take a look at the remixes and try it yourself. The program allows Festival Web site visitors to reedit, repurpose, remix and mash up an array of clips from selected Festival […]


Games as work / work as games

April 24th, 2006 Comments Off on Games as work / work as games

Short but interesting article from Nick Yee from Stanford who runs the Daedelus research project into motivations and psychology in MMORPGs. Video games are often framed as sites of play and entertainment. Their transformation into work platforms and the staggering amount of work that is being done in these games often go unnoticed. Users spend […]


Focussing on the user / Phillips on user-experience-enhancing advertising practices

April 23rd, 2006 Comments Off on Focussing on the user / Phillips on user-experience-enhancing advertising practices

At the museum recently we’ve been talking a lot about 2.0 things. Web 2.0, Library 2.0, Media 2.0. A lot of it is hype, but there are now plenty of real world examples of a new user-enabling philosophy spreading across media platforms – not just the net-enabled/threatened. Wall Street Journal reports on a very interesting […]


Making MySpace look better

April 19th, 2006 Comments Off on Making MySpace look better

Here’s an amazing bit of CSS coding from Mike Davidson that instantly makes a MySpace page look a thousand times better. Several weeks ago, I finally signed up for an account, and within seconds I was instantly put-off by what had been created for me: a hastily-designed “profile page” with uninspired colors, misaligned tables, and […]


Design Trends 2006

April 16th, 2006 Comments Off on Design Trends 2006

Interesting article on this year’s design trends.