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How a roadside rest stop inspired an entirely different approach to FAQs
It appears that a lot of the same questions are asked over and over. Enough, in fact, that the person who answers them is sick of giving the same answer. That answer is “Yes”.

So they jumped on a computer somewhere and put together what I can only describe as one of the smartest formats for an FAQ I’ve ever seen. A single answer on top, and all the questions below. The answer is always YES!! YES, YES. YES!! Then they taped it to the outside of the booth. You can’t miss it.
faq  patterns  design  yes  questions 
april 2017 by sspela
Explosions in the sky / Snarkmarket
Okay, this is my favorite thing about constellations. Everybody knows that we carve out semi-random shapes from patterns in the stars, and then assign those shapes characters and stories accordingly.

The thing is, even the semi-random shapes, the so-called patterns, prior to seeing them as a constellation and then an element of mythology, are accidents. They’re not real.

After the Copernican revolution, a constellation isn’t even a constellation. Instead, it’s a two-dimensional flattening of a three-dimensional reality. Actually, we should probably say a FOUR-dimensional reality. The light from stars at varying distances, leaving their sources at various times in the distant past, gets mistaken, from our earthbound point-of-view, as a simultaneous two-dimensional pattern.

BUT! That distortion, that accident, produces something extremely powerful — both imaginatively and practically.

Take “constellational thinking” and apply it to something besides stars in space. Let’s say — history.

Over here, you’ve got the Roman Republic, over there, the French Revolution. Distant in time, distant in geography, no kind of causal proximity let alone a relationship between them.

But bam! Slap them together. View them as a single event, a collapse of time.

Now you begin to see the French Revolution the way part of the Revolution saw itself, as an explosion of the continuum of history.

Now — and sorry if I slow-played this — you’re in Walter Benjamin’s “On the Concept of History.” Now you’re performing a genuinely three-dimensional nonlinear reading of historical time.

What else is amenable to constellational thinking?
patterns  stars  constellations 
may 2016 by sspela
The 27 patterns that make up the world’s cities and suburbs - The Washington Post
Stephen Wheeler, a professor in the Department of Human Ecology at the University of California at Davis, has spent many hours parsing Google Satellite images, inspecting from above the suburbs just outside Boston, or the maze of streets at the center of Cairo, or the complex that is the Kremlin in Moscow. And there are, he has determined, 27 basic patterns in how we've built the world around us.
urban  urbanplanning  suburbanization  patterns  stephenwheeler 
november 2015 by sspela
Main Page - Dark Patterns
"Normally when you think of "bad design", you think of laziness or mistakes. These are known as design anti-patterns. Dark Patterns are different – they are not mistakes, they are carefully crafted with a solid understanding of human psychology, and they do not have the user’s interests in mind."
interfaces  psychology  mistakes  design  darkpatterns  patterns  wiki 
august 2012 by sspela
Standards | Open Agent Based Modeling Consortium
"Simulation models that describe autonomous individual organisms (individual based models, IBM) or agents (agent-based models, ABM) have become a widely used tool, not only in ecology, but also in many other disciplines dealing with complex systems made up of autonomous entities. However, there is no standard protocol for describing such simulation models, which can make them difficult to understand and to duplicate."
communication  standards  patterns  modelling  odd  abm  volkergrimm 
july 2012 by sspela
ODD - Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung UFZ - Forschen für die Umwelt
ODD (=Overview, Design concepts, Detail) is desigend as a general protocol for communicating individual-based and agent-based models.
modelling  science  communication  patterns  design  protocol  odd  abm  volkergrimm 
july 2012 by sspela
First gain expertise at small, simple things and then build up to bigger, broader areas « Diverse Thoughts
"Once you’ve become a doorknob expert, you should be able to accurately describe how that device should work. Then, you should start studying doors. [...]

Now you’re starting to become a room expert. You’ll also become a window expert, and a floor and ceiling and wall expert. [...]

As you work from the bottom up, you’ll find yourself looking at bigger and bigger issues – like how public spaces can foster community interaction, or how city design can alleviate congestion.
jeffreyveen  expertise  patterns  christopheralexander  problemsolving  problems  bottomup  experts  doorknob 
june 2012 by sspela
Front Page
"We don't know quite what it is, but we do know it's a fun way to communicate asynchronously across the network."
development  communication  design  patterns  wiki 
may 2012 by sspela
adaptive web sites
Designing a web site is a complex problem. Logs of user accesses to a site provide an opportunity to observe users interacting with that site and make improvements to the site's structure and presentation. We propose adaptive sites: web sites that improve themselves by learning from user access patterns. Adaptive webs can make popular pages more accessible, highlight interesting links, connect related pages, and cluster similar documents together. An adaptive web can perform these self-improvements autonomously or advise a site's webmaster, summarizing access information and making suggestions.
users  patterns  learning  selfimprovement  popularity  interesting  interaction  adaptiveweb  webpages  web 
may 2012 by sspela

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