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Dec 14, 2002: Reasons to Feel Good

Former Argonauts Karl Fast and Fred Leise, and Mike Steckel have begun a series of articles on faceted classification at Boxes and Arrows. I'm sure I'll enjoy the content, assuming my shock wears off soon: a few years ago, I couldn't have imagined a single article on faceted classification being published outside the library world, much less a series.

A quick look at Boxes and Arrows will reveal other esoteric topics, like shopping mall design, mobile technologies, the politics of intranets, and tips for drawing wireframes in Visio. OK, maybe these topics aren't so weird on their own--what's weird is that they appear in the same publication. And that it all comes together so nicely. So kudos to everyone involved in B&A, especially its editors, for their combinatorial brilliance. Get into the holiday spirit and go buy some B&A schwag.

B&A is not the only current example of user experience design ascendant--I'm really looking forward to DUX2003, the Designing for User Experiences conference co-sponsored by (get this) ACM SIGCHI, ACM SIGGRAPH, and AIGA Experience Design. The DUX program "showcases the interaction between digital design, business, and users". It's happening in San Francisco in early June, and the call for papers is due on February 1, so get crackin'. The programmers are a very impressive group, so I'm sure DUX2003 will be a great success.

Final, self-promotional note: Meryl Evans made me and Peter answer some tough questions in another excellent publication, DigitalWeb. Thanks Meryl!

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