Tag: design

by J. Nathan Matias

How can we use data to improve our lives, our communities, and the world at large? At the recent Microsoft Design Expo, students from eight universities showcased design projects along the theme of “making data useful.” To prepare for the Design Expo, students take a semester-long course, in connection with a liaison at Microsoft Research. [...] more »

by Mathew Lippincott

Detritivores are creatures that consume decaying matter. Detritivore designs use abundant waste products to make scalable technology solutions. Unlike loftier concepts of zero-waste design such as Cradle to Cradle, Detritivore design accepts that the world is already loaded with discarded and broken technology. Detritivore designers need not create a recyclable or even non-toxic product, since [...] more »

by Jake Shapiro

Early on in PRX’s history we faced a critical decision. Do we outsource the development and maintenance of our main web application, or take the plunge and bring all coding in-house and become a technology-driven company? We took the plunge, and since then have grown an award-winning tech team, responsible not only for PRX’s web-based [...] more »

by Kristofs Blaus

After years of intensive work in the IT industry, I’ve put together a practical guide to project development that my company uses for 99 percent of our projects. So far we’ve done amazingly well with this approach. Once you know it, it feels so simple and natural that you don’t even know you know it. [...] more »

by Amanda Hickman

When we make lists of the kinds of source documents users can upload to DocumentCloud, they can get pretty long. DocumentCloud is court filings, hearing transcripts, testimony, legislation, lab reports, memos, meeting minutes, correspondence. I can say with absolute confidence that in all of our planning, “ballots” never once came up as the sort of [...] more »

by Gail Robinson

Gotham Gazette, our website about New York City policy and politics, unveiled its redesign recently. (Please take a look and let me know what you think by emailing grobinson at gothamgazette.com). For our readers, we hope the redesign will create a more useful publication by making it easier for visitors to find information about New [...] more »

by Alexander Zolotarev

SochiReporter is getting ready to launch on the web and for mobile users. We spent the last three weeks fixing linguistic, technical and design bugs, all with the goal of maximizing ease of use. So far we have drawn a fabulous group of people from both local and virtual communities: garage tech geeks and web [...] more »

by David Cohn

Anybody that’s been following my posts on IdeaLab should notice a pattern. Growing a Community and the Importance of Being Iterative Eliminating the Fear of Being Open and the Importance of Being Iterative Starting Small and the Importance of Being Iterative I’m always trying to chop Spot.Us into small and executable steps. Test an idea, [...] more »

by David Cohn

As always: If you just want the status update of Spot.Us as a project -scroll down to the bottom for a nice digestible list of what’s going down. Or – keep reading for detailed thoughts. This will be cross-posted at the Spot Us blog. Two months ago I decided that instead of sitting on my [...] more »

by Lisa Williams

[With apologies to Wallace Stevens.] If you decide to venture beyond talking about how your news organization’s site should work into actually changing how it does work, there’s one essential skill you’ll have to learn: how to talk to a programmer. Most nonprogrammers have no idea how to communicate their idea for a new feature [...] more »