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Aug 29, 2003: Various News and Notes

Peter van Dijck's Information Architecture for Designers is due out any minute now. I've had a sneak preview, and I highly recommend it. It's a highly visual book and as such would be worth buying for your designer colleagues.

On the other (back) end of the spectrum, you can now get certified in content management. The University of Washington's iSchool is offering a Content Management Certificate Program. Bob Boiko, author of the Content Management Bible, is involved; that alone makes this a program of distinction.

Personal stuff: I'm headed to the UK today to teach my Enterprise IA seminar (and hook up with Steve Krug, naturally). Speaking of the UK, Ann Light has run an interview with me in UsabilityNews.com. Boxes & Arrows published "(Not) Defining the Damn Thing," a short rant of mine about the futility of trying to label ourselves (lots of really good comments, BTW).

Ah, labeling: Mary Jean and I are trying to come up with an appropriate descriptor for a new information architect who will be arriving on this earth some time in late December. It galls me to have to label the kid; makes me feel like such a hypocrite...

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Comment: jz (Aug 30, 2003)

How about Meshach? Meshach Rosenfeld? Nice ring, no?

Comment: Liz Augustine (Sep 2, 2003)

Congratulations, Lou. What great news! (IAn?)

Comment: Mike Lee (Sep 2, 2003)

Glad to see the embargo lifted on the news! The naming of a baby is such a subjective exercise. Amy and I took the brute force approach and placed a copy of Bruce Lansky's paperback "35,000 Baby Names" in our bathroom.


We found many good candidate names. And it helped to know that we're having a girl.

Also people are just going ahead and mailing us pre-labeled wardrobe (photo):


I'm still hoping we'll be able drop by in December when we take our butterball (due Nov. 21) on the midwest family tour. Take care...

Comment: spcoon (Sep 10, 2003)

if i'm not mistaken, the imagery on the cover of peter's book comes straight out of a poster embedded in the classic 1987 information retrieval thriller, "Brazil." the caption in the poster? "don't suspect a friend, report him."

since peter and i are not friends, i'll not be the one narcing him out to terry gilliam.

lou, if it's a he, go with sam. if it's a she, go with jill... yes, i'm obsessed.

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