Engineers employ technical writing, which is very different from the literary writing you learn in most English classes. Consider this passage:
Helen, thy beuty is to me Like thos Nicèan barks of yore That gently, o'er a perfumed sea, The weary way-worn wanderer bore To his own native shore. Edgar Allan Poe
To express these ideas in technical writing, we would simpy say
He thinks Helen is beautiful.
My weekend has been focused on EuroIA, the early European information architect conference, this year held in Copenhagen. As you’d expect, I had a great time and met a lot of cool people!
A good way to start off this week’s link mania is with some impressions from the conference. Jeroen van Geel over at Johnny Holland did a good job summarizing many of the sessions; check out day 1 and day 2! Few people have had time to put their presentations online, this one, from The Architecture of Fun, is interesting.
I’ve actually had some time to collect links before the conference. Let’s continue with another set of slides, this time from SeedCamp Week in London. Startup Metrics for Pirates, expands a bit on the AARRR (Acquisition, Activation, Retention, Referral, Revenue) acronym - and uses a lot of funky colors. On the same topic is 7 Things I Learned From My Startup Failing, which talks about skill and focus as keys to success.
Some different types of research also caught my eye this week. This presentation, titled Developing and Modeling Mobile Application [PDF] is really about more than the title suggests. It describes KLM, Keystroke-Level Model, which predicts how much time it takes to execute a task. This seems to be a quite complex system, but heavily researched and empirically validated. Also about mobile is The Google App Market - An Analysis. Since I own an Android phone (and can confirm that most apps are not that good…), I find this article especially interesting.
Not related, is the fact that I found out about webcredibility.org - and the fact that it doesn’t exist anymore. The site was run by a Stanford research lab and published, among other things, guidelines for achieving credibility online. These guidelines can still be read though, thanks to archive.org. Make sure to read some of the related papers as well; I liked What Makes A Web Site Credible? A Report on a Large Quantitative Study [PDF].
I’ll finish up with two random links. First, logoblog.org goes through a list of college and university logotypes. Secondly, The story of the Gömböc is just plain weird - a shape with an apparent mind of its own.
Final note: I experimented with automatically importing my Google Reader shared item into the blog. Ultimately, I decided against it - follow my shared items here instead.