Sun, 26 November 2006
Erin Smith is a Senior Voice User Interface Designer and Usability Specialist with Syntellect (www.syntellect.com).
Incidentally, people in the field use the word "vooey" - this is a pronunciation of VUI (Voice User Interface).
Erin mentioned two books:
"Voice User Interface Design" by Michael Cohen
"The Art and Business of Speech Recognition: Creating the Noble Voice" by Blade Kotelly (www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0321154924/informdesign).
Paul English's "get human" website is www.gethuman.com.
And here's a link to the episode in which I interviewed Donna Maurer on card sorting: http://uxpod.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=126130
Optimal Usability is the New Zealand-based usability firm mentioned (www.optimalusability.co.nz).
This episode is 16 minutes 36 seconds in duration. File size is 9.5MB.
Tue, 14 November 2006
Karen Loasby is the information architecture team leader for the BBC.
I spoke to her about metadata, taxonomy and related topics.
How do you manage metadata issues when you're dealing with millions of pages, and thousands of authors?
Karen referred to two sites during our discussion. The BBC Feed Factory is http://www.bbc.co.uk/feedfactory/ and Etsy is http://www.etsy.com
You might also want to check out Karen's article "Changing Approaches to Metadata at bbc.co.uk: From Chaos to Control and Then Letting Go Again" (http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/Oct-06/loasby.html) and her presentation on "The Growing Pains of a Controlled Vocabulary" for the 2005 IA Summit http://iasummit.org/2005/finalpapers/66_Presentation.ppt (this is in PowerPoint and is around 260kB).
This episode is 18 minutes 20 seconds in duration. File size is 8.6MB.
Sun, 5 November 2006
This podcast contains four short interviews from User Friendly 2006, the UPA China conference in Hangzhou.
UPA is the Usability Professionals' Association.
I spoke to Jason Huang, Giles Colborne, Daniel Szuc and Paul Sherman.
UPA China 's website is www.upachina.org, and you can find links to the conference there.
Giles' company is cxpartners (www.cxpartners.co.uk)
Daniel's company is Apogee (www.apogeehk.com)
Paul maintains the Usability Blog (www.usabilityblog.com/blog/)
Flickr tag for photos from the conference is UF2006 (http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=UF2006).