Category: Thoughts

The Web Project Guide: Identify Your Audiences | Identify Outcomes and Expectations

Blend likes to begin all of our web projects – especially those that include strategy, design, or technical planning – with our “Audiences and Outcomes” workshop, which is simply an audience and expectation-focused discovery workshop that nails down the who and what of a site. This month’s chapter release focuses on those two directions: your audiences, and your outcomes/expectations.

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Introducing: The Web Project Guide

Things will be a little slow on Eating Elephant over the next few months, as we (Deane and I) are embarking on a new writing project: The Web Project Guide.

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Tools, Dependence, and My War with the Road

It was dark when I stood up. There was a flash and a lot of movement, and then it was dark. Except for one streetlight, and then another. The road was a black canyon, kept awake by the steady blinking of my back taillight. Instinctively, I moved every limb and concentrated on the pain. Where […]

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A Few Words on Mismatched Minifigs

My son has taken the head off of every one of his LEGO minifigs. He has rearranged everyone’s hair, given them new pants, and tossed the weapons into a giant pile on his LEGO table. He has no regard for canon. In the story of Star Wars, it’s now Darth who shot first, doing so […]

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Where You Are Is Perfect: Thoughts On Titles, Promise, and Camp

I don’t know what to tell people when they ask me what I do. I tell them that I help plan websites, because using my actual professional titles – content strategist; information architect; user experience strategist – leads to more confusion. Confusion not about what the title means, but about whether or not I do the things necessary to claim those titles. Some thoughts on that, camp, kayaking, and a painting that turned out to be totally bogus.

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The New Smashing Book: Now with More ME!

I’m excited to officially announce the my inclusion in The Smashing Book #4: New Perspectives on Web Design. SURPRISE – I wrote about content strategy. The chapter, which focuses on both sides of the content strategy landscape – both user needs and editor needs – serves as a capstone to all of this empathy stuff that’s I’ve been writing and talking about over the past year and a half. So go buy it.

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