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Structuring nothing
World Information Architecture Day 2016
London
Alastair Somerville
@acuity_design
Sensory design
Touch
Low bandwidth
No skimming
Scottish Parliament
Wayfinding
Negative information
Friction
Physical manifestation
Nothing
is bad
Nothing
is good
Architecture of
nothing
Describing nothing
2 forms of nothing
Amorphous something
Nothing
The problems of nothing
The Martian
“We choose to go to the moon
in this decade and do the other
things, not because they are
easy, but because they are
hard…...
Rocket science
Complexity is not the problem
Ambiguity is
Design for simplicity?
Simplicity does not
solve ambiguity
Christmas Day
Setting up Skype
Clarity does
Webcam
Information Architecture
can offer clarity
The benefits of nothing
3 key benefits
Imagination
Decision making
Self control
Ego depletion
Situational impairment
A map
Imperial War Museum
Mapping nothing
Nature
Happiness
The problem of being an
architect is you think people
need architecture
The metaphor demands
action
Design not to be there
Hone your sense of
focused laziness
Be part of the happiness
Thank you
Structuring Nothing - World Information Architecture Day London 2016
Structuring Nothing - World Information Architecture Day London 2016
Structuring Nothing - World Information Architecture Day London 2016
Structuring Nothing - World Information Architecture Day London 2016
Structuring Nothing - World Information Architecture Day London 2016
Structuring Nothing - World Information Architecture Day London 2016
Structuring Nothing - World Information Architecture Day London 2016
Structuring Nothing - World Information Architecture Day London 2016
Structuring Nothing - World Information Architecture Day London 2016
Structuring Nothing - World Information Architecture Day London 2016
Structuring Nothing - World Information Architecture Day London 2016
Structuring Nothing - World Information Architecture Day London 2016
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Structuring Nothing - World Information Architecture Day London 2016

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Slides from 1/2 hour talk on designing for both the negative and positive sides of Nothing at the first World Information Architecture Day in London on 20th February 2016.

Video of the talk can be found on YouTube https://youtu.be/imJHgImxkro?t=1h46m4s

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Structuring Nothing - World Information Architecture Day London 2016

  1. 1. Structuring nothing World Information Architecture Day 2016 London
  2. 2. Alastair Somerville
  3. 3. @acuity_design
  4. 4. Sensory design
  5. 5. Touch
  6. 6. Low bandwidth
  7. 7. No skimming
  8. 8. Scottish Parliament
  9. 9. Wayfinding
  10. 10. Negative information
  11. 11. Friction
  12. 12. Physical manifestation
  13. 13. Nothing is bad
  14. 14. Nothing is good
  15. 15. Architecture of nothing
  16. 16. Describing nothing
  17. 17. 2 forms of nothing
  18. 18. Amorphous something
  19. 19. Nothing
  20. 20. The problems of nothing
  21. 21. The Martian
  22. 22. “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard…” John F. Kennedy
  23. 23. Rocket science
  24. 24. Complexity is not the problem
  25. 25. Ambiguity is
  26. 26. Design for simplicity?
  27. 27. Simplicity does not solve ambiguity
  28. 28. Christmas Day
  29. 29. Setting up Skype
  30. 30. Clarity does
  31. 31. Webcam
  32. 32. Information Architecture can offer clarity
  33. 33. The benefits of nothing
  34. 34. 3 key benefits
  35. 35. Imagination
  36. 36. Decision making
  37. 37. Self control
  38. 38. Ego depletion
  39. 39. Situational impairment
  40. 40. A map
  41. 41. Imperial War Museum
  42. 42. Mapping nothing
  43. 43. Nature
  44. 44. Happiness
  45. 45. The problem of being an architect is you think people need architecture
  46. 46. The metaphor demands action
  47. 47. Design not to be there
  48. 48. Hone your sense of focused laziness
  49. 49. Be part of the happiness
  50. 50. Thank you

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