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Going for the Goals

In his Good Experience column today, Mark Hurst offers five design ideas worth considering in the new year:

  • Organization is the hardest part of user experience work.
  • The big picture is the only picture.
  • Experience is bigger than Web usability.
  • Blogs are just content management systems.
  • Managing one's bits is an increasingly essential skill.

The second idea hits me particularly hard today. Earlier this week, I was frustrated, focusing only on detail-oriented, repetitive task work. They say the devil's in the details, and it's true that details can bedevil you — but I could have used Mark's advice Monday when I could see anything but the big picture.

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  • Mark Zorro

    Mike, I will go one step further, a blog worth its merit is ones own personal reflection of the world or practical tool of expertise or development, the first connection should be to ones self. If one does not know thyself what is that blog really propogating?

    In terms of social networks - there is a semblance of pre-21st Century mindsets trying their hardest to make something out of electronic communication. It is the context and the various aspects of content that are important not the communication medium. Social networks are just a mechanism. Tell me (unless you are trying to sell the stuff) would you would talk about the telephone system the way people hark and yank on about social networks? You wouldn't would you? Telephones, social networks they are just a technology; "imagination" - now that's worth exploring.

    Ultimately in a reverse logic if Mark Hurst believes in what he writes that is good enough for me - we live too easily for dissection or embracement of other peoples thoughts - and spend too little time emerging from our own. It is upto Mark Hurst to find his own enlightenment, the mistake we all make is that we begin to judge Mark Hurst's comments, when each of us as human beings are merely work-in-progress. In a world chocker full of information, the last thing we need is more information, WE NEED UNDERSTANDING - and we are the very tools of that understanding (so why are we most inclined to switch ourselves off and think that all our answer lies somewhere outside of ourselves?).

    I am an emergent being - someone who uses 21st Century tools in a 21st Century way. 10,000 years of human history is a hard habit to break, but that is the real challenge of the 21st Century, we have to declare that humanity begins and it begins in our century. What history has been to date as only been an introduction. We and our children represent the next step of human evolution. The steep rises in population in the 20th century were a body condition, the learning curves in the 21st are extraordinary - because, as my unusual mind sees its, we are moving from body world (Agrarian and Industrial) to a mind world (Intelligence rather than Information because information existed in the body world too). Adjust your seat belts, the journey has just begun.

    PS I call the above not a blog but a DLOG, but enough of my peculiar outlook. Isn't it time you wrote your own blog.

    (Mark Twain wasn't Mark Twain, Mark Zorro isn't Mark Zorro)

  • mike

    Mark is wrong about blogs- they aren't just content management systems. Blog companies might (I doubt it) drop the term "blog", but they definitely won't start pitching their software as content management systems. 2004 is the year when blogs and social networking tools converge and redefine what blogs really are. Content management systems are for managing and publishing content, blogs are for communication, collaboration, and connection.