Learning Emerging Media

“Ethnography” Talk by Dan on Nov 14

Posted by pattonfamily on October 22, 2006

I just wanted to give everybody a “heads up” that Dan will be speaking to the Usability Professionals’ Association (UPA) on November 14, which is World Usability Day.

He will be talking about “Ethnography in Product Design and Development.”

The meeting will probably be held at the Art Institute of Dallas (located at Park Lane and Central Expressway, aka 75) , starting at 6:30 or 7:00.  I will post the official announcement as we get closer to the day.

Please come join us.   (posted by Janice Quick)


Usability is the degree to which something – software, hardware, or anything else – is easy to use and a good fit for the people who use it.

UPA is a national organization with a DFW chapter for those who promote and advance the development of usable products.  Members come from across the broad family of disciplines that create the user experience.

Word Usability Day is a series of events to promote the benefits of usability and user-centered-design.


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Free WordPress Themes

Posted by Damion on October 18, 2006

Good morning all!  I came across this link: http://www.bloggingthemes.com/  If you do not like your WordPress theme, here are a few more that you can try out.  They are free so once you find one you like, click on the thumbnail and follow the directions.

I hope this is useful for someone.

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.hma file formats?

Posted by klcrawford on October 11, 2006

The digital recorder that we checked out was a Sony Walkman mp3 recorder.  It was the only type of recorder available after two tries, so we went ahead and used this recorder.  We have some good content recorded, but when it came to downloading the files, what I found was .hma file formats (?)   Some of the advice floating out in google-land says don’t mess around trying to convert these files.  Oops.  Don’t know if anyone else has encountered this problem…. any advice?

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Blog activity

Posted by bella11 on October 6, 2006

I am sure we went over this in class at one point but I am still kinda unclear about it. I have a Word Press blog going and one with Blog Spot as well. I dont really touch the Blog Spot one at all but that is the one I initally set up and is also the one linked to my name on this blog. I really utilize the Word Press Blog more. Should I start using both or just stick to one like I am doing? Can anyone answer this question for me? Also, my Word Press Blog is www.bella11.wordpress.com

Check it out guys and give me feedback

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How do we give credit for photos and artwork?

Posted by pattonfamily on October 5, 2006

Dan, I had a question and I thought others in the class might have similar questions.

You talked a lot about music and how important it was to not violate copyright laws.  What about Photography and Art?

1. On a blog.  If I do a review of a photography exhibit and copy one of the photos from a web site to include in the blog, what do I need to do to give credit to the artist?

2. On a podcast.  If we do an enhanced podcast so that we can show a screen shot or photo while the audio plays, do we need to say where the photo comes from.  For example, if I talk about an ipod and grab a picture of an ipod from Apple’s site, is that ok?  If I talk about a car key with the built-in remote that opens and locks the car, and I grab a picture from the Ford site, is that OK?  

Just wondered how careful we have to be with photos, screens shots, etc. that we get off the Internet.  Thanks.


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“The Power of Poetry”

Posted by balletdancer51 on September 28, 2006

Attached is the outline of my groups poetry podcast.  We’d love for anyone’s opinions and we hope everybody likes it!


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Jared Spool was even better than I’d anticipated

Posted by conej on September 28, 2006

I had the opportunity to attend the (1st Annual) Webmaster Jam last FRI + SAT here in Dallas and the speaker I was most excited about was JS.

I was not disappointed.

His presentation was so clever – Why Good Content Must Suck with a subtitle of “Designing for the Scent of Information.” Now the SUCK part is not as in BAD but rather, it’s like sucking the viewer into the site, to entice them in with content. He was utterly entertaining.

Let me highly recommend that you attend the second annual Webmaster Jam next year – even if it’s not in Dallas!

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This Looks Interesting: Podcasting and WordPress

Posted by emac3326 on September 26, 2006

PodPress is a plug-in for podcasters using WordPress. I will be checking out this one fer sure.

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For Our Interaction Designers.

Posted by emac3326 on September 26, 2006

What is Interaction Design? From IT Conversations and the GigaVox Network. With Dan Saffer. The blurb:

If you ask Dan’s parents what they think their son does for a living, they might say he’s in advertising or that he’s a computer programmer. Pressed further, they develop somewhat of a blank staring response when asked what their son does as an Interaction Designer. With that type of response in mind, both from his parents and from many people outside of the Interaction Design community, Dan Saffer presents a definition of his trade.

From the highest level, Interaction Design is all about communication. Dan’s presentation starts from there and further breaks the communication into three layers. The first layer takes the perspective of the technology itself; what is it, how does it work, and what problems can it solve. The second layer focuses on behavior; what happens when a user pushes this button, and what behaviors will the user exhibit as a result. The third layer is all about people and how they will use a technology to interact with one another.

Dan takes time to define exactly what an interaction is. He identifies some of the attributes of an interaction that designers measure while they create products and services around the interaction. He discusses some of the history of Interaction Design, and some of the people involved in the discipline early on. Lastly, Dan takes a moment to map out the many disciplines that make up the User Experience universe and identifies where, he thinks, Interaction Design fits into this large community.

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Podcast Hosting. A Start.

Posted by emac3326 on September 26, 2006


And I’m not speaking pirate.
What’s frustrating me is researching free, or low cost, podcast hosting for class. My first thought was using ourmedia.org, as Dean and I had discussed. But the last few times I’ve gone to the site, the site no worky. Can’t have that.

Of course, this being the era of excess on the internet, everybody and their dog (or cat, no discrimination here) have free, or low cost, podcast hosting. But as I looked into our options, I was swamped by choice, too many choices, swimming in choices, drowning in choice.

So, as a public service to you guys, I am collecting a mix of links for you to review. Some are podcast host links. Others are articles relating to podcast hosting. This is just a start. If you find something you like, or dislike, post it via comments here or as a separate post on the blog for all to view. There is a good chance as I find, or learn, new stuff about podcast hosting I will update this post, probably through the comments section — so browse the comments!

And now, the links …


(free: 200 mb per month; other plans range from $5 for 500 mb to $30 for 2000 mb; does not accept video uploading, $5 plan does; unmetered bandwidth.)

How to Podcast.

(includes tutorial on setting up an Our Media account.)

Podcast Spots.

(use their software to record and upload your podcast to the site.)

(demo for Podcast Spots.)


(90 mb of space, 30 mb per-file upload limit, add inserted into RSS feed.)


(paid site, ranging from $5 to $30 a month; $5 is for 100mb of storage. check out site to see how to measure what space you will need for hosting. have heard the site is slow, but Libsyn is an early player in this game and has respect for delivering quality at low cost.)


Podcast Hosting Services List.

(from Dave’s Imaginary Sound Space)

Odeo on Podcast Hosting on the Cheap.

Another listing, fro TipMonkies. Note: comments were late 2005, so some of these services may have changed.)


(free hosting, 100 mb space, audio and video.)

O’Reilly Media article on the subject.



(from England, an interesting possibility; link to FAQ.)


(more of a premium service.)

Okay to Play.

(podcast  hosting comparison chart; I have no idea when this was done but it might provide some basic information to compare.)

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