Archive for November, 2008
Flashbulb.com published a great resource for usability and IA professionals : 100 Ideas for Envisioning Powerful, Engaging, and Productive User Experiences in Knowledge Work – Working through Screens , a reference for product teams creating new or iteratively improved applications for thinking work. Written for use during early, formative conversations, it provides teams with a broad range of considerations for setting the overall direction and priorities for their onscreen tools. With hundreds of envisioning questions and fictional examples from clinical research, financial trading, and architecture, this volume can help definers and designers to explore innovative new directions for their products.
Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide covers around a dozen common areas that webmasters might consider optimizing. We felt that these areas (like improving title and description meta tags, URL structure, site navigation, content creation, anchor text, and more) would apply to webmasters of all experience levels and sites of all sizes and types. Throughout the guide, we also worked in many illustrations, pitfalls to avoid, and links to other resources that help expand our explanation of the topics. We plan on updating the guide at regular intervals with new optimization suggestions and to keep the technical advice current.
A short talk by Jason Fried from 37 Signals over at BIF-4 Collaborative Innovation Summit on how to spend no money on advertisement and create an ‘audience’ by out-teaching your competitors.
Jon Wheatley developed an awesome little online tool Intersquash which lets you convert any blog (or a site supporting RSS) into an iPhone friendly site within 2 minutes. The app even gives you the redirection code you can paste in your web page header which will redirect a visitor using iPhone to surf your blog to the iPhone friendly version. Neat!
it’s a simple 4 step process: enter the RSS feed of your site, enter the site name, upload a home screen icon and place the code provided between the header tags of your website.
A video demo of Intersquash
What is open innovation? (Wikipedia)
Open Innovation is a term promoted by Henry Chesbrough, a professor and executive director at the Center for Open Innovation at Berkeley. The concept is related to (but distinct from) user innovation, cumulative innovation and distributed innovation.
The central idea behind open innovation is that in a world of widely distributed knowledge, companies cannot afford to rely entirely on their own research, but should instead buy or license processes or inventions (e.g. patents) from other companies. In addition, internal inventions not being used in a firm’s business should be taken outside the company (e.g., through licensing, joint ventures, spin-offs). In contrast, closed innovation refers to processes that limit the use of internal knowledge within a company and make little or no use of external knowledge. Some companies promoting open innovation include Procter & Gamble, Innovation Exchange, NineSigma, InnoCentive, yet2.com, IBM, Philoptima, and Nerac.
Dwayne Spradlin is Chief Executive officer at InnoCentive wrote a Change This Manifesto – Open Innovation: Your On-Ramp to Creating a Better Product [PDF]
For most companies the process of creating new, innovative products and getting them out the door starts with tapping the most talented members of the R&D team. Once they have arrived at an idea and decided it is feasible, R&D moves to determining the most effective way to develop it and bring it to market. It sounds logical; but what if there was a way to reinvent the process and bring better products to market faster and at a lower cost?