IDEA Conference, October 23-24, Seattle, WA

26 Jul 2006 - 9:55pm
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Peter Merholz


Design problems are increasingly becoming information problems.

Throughout their days, people are engaging with complex information
to manage their lives.

And designers now realize that information isn't simply this stuff
you find -- the appropriate presentation of information helps people
make sense of the world around them.

IDEA (Information: Design, Experience, Access) is a conference
devoted to the design of complex information spaces, whether
physical, virtual, or procedural.

It will take place October 23-24, 2006, in Seattle, at the new
Central Public Library, a building which serves as an awesome example
of the conference theme.

We're developing a fascinating program, and have the majority of
speakers lined up:
- Bruce Sterling
- Dan Hill from BBC Interactive
- Museum designer Jake Barton from Local Projects
- Information visualizer Michal Migurski from Stamen (Mappr, Digg
- Deborah Jacobs, the City Librarian of Seattle, instrumental to
the design of the new building
- A representative from the National Park Service to talk about the
design of their brochures, park exhibits, and website
- Media artist Ali Sant, who works with mobile devices in urban spaces
- Paul Gould, designer from MAYA design on their Pittsburgh
libraries project
- Ed Vielmetti, network pioneer, and now Superpatron
- Robert Kalin, founder of, leading edge commerce-and-
community web site
- Fernanda Viegas, creator of amazing information visualizations
for IBM Research

The conference is a bargain compared to similar events. If you
register by August 27, these two days are only $500 (and only $250
for students!)

Tired of the same old conference conversations? We're trying hard to
make this a truly cross-disciplinary event, drawing speakers and
attendees from a variety of backgrounds.

See you in Seattle,


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