Design and Innovation Daily

Editing as curation; what’s happening with DIDaily

Posted in information, philosophy by Dan on February 3, 2010

Liz Danzico wrote a cool article for Interactions looking at editing as a form of curation. As the amount of information that individuals regularly process has increased, the role of editing has spread increasingly toward individuals and consumers; we edit and curate for ourselves as we deal with large amounts of email and RSS feeds, and for others in the context of blogging and Twitter.

The Art of Editing: The New Old Skills for a Curated Life

Her article resonates with me as a blogger who (currently) focuses on filtering lots of content and sharing articles based on a certain editorial intent: to follow a theme and to provide value that goes both beyond and deeper than the daily buzz that you’d hear about even if you didn’t read my blog. That’s one reason why I intend not even to mention the iPad here. (Oops.) Of course, I’m not an editor in the strictest sense; I do inject my opinion into the blog once in a while.

I’ve discovered that curation is a difficult job: I’ve accumulated a massive collection of RSS subscriptions since I started reading this stuff eight months ago. I filter through one to two hundred posts per weekday—I certainly don’t read all of them—but in order to synthesize something each day, I have to read many of them closely, pick only the right items, and put them together with a fitting context and motive.

Unfortunately, I can’t do this every single day. Especially during school, when homework commands most of my waking hours throughout all seven days of the week, I have to forego this practice on many days (which explains the missed days over the past two weeks). As you know, I’m working on getting a system running at InsteadoftheBox.com. (I missed my deadline, but it’s coming soon.) I’ve decided that, although I plan to keep doing the same sort of thing indefinitely, I’m going to drop the “daily” part of this blog when I move over to the new site, at least for while I’m in school.

Meanwhile, some great stuff will be coming your way over the next couple weeks. As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts, and if you have something interesting for me to post, send it over!

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What do you think?

Posted in culture, information by Dan on December 21, 2009

DIDaily has been running for a little over six weeks. Finally, the number of posts (30 as of this post) is growing faster than the number of categories (now 24); the blog has a small but sure readership; I’ve found a good format for the blog as I’ve moved from the “roundup” idea to thematic posts that are more coherent; and I’ve discovered that it’s a little bit harder to keep up with my RSS feeds and come up with blog-worthy content every weekday than I initially thought it would be.

In a couple days this blog will go on a temporary hiatus for the holidays. Before then, I want to ask for your feedback:

  • What do you think?
  • In general, is DIDaily worth reading? From what I’ve written so far, which kind of content has been valuable, and which hasn’t?
  • How often do you read DIDaily? If not every day, is that because you don’t have time to read it every day, or because the headlines don’t always look interesting?

I’d love to hear from you—feel free to leave a comment on the blog, or send an email to designdaily at insteadofthebox.com.

Now, for today’s promised links:

Saturday’s “Today” by Eric Baker presented a collection of cigarette cards, which were collectible cards that would come in cigarettes packages during the 19th and early 20th centuries. His article as well as the New York Public Library’s digital gallery of cigarette cards are an interesting window into the culture, marketing, and graphic design of the times.

Special update: new deadline, rule changes for IxDA competition

Posted in information by Dan on November 26, 2009

I don’t think this blog’s current readership overlaps with the interaction design audience (yet). But since I did post about the IxDA (Interaction Design Association) student competition several weeks ago, and because this piece of information is urgent, you should know:

Yesterday, IxDA announced that the deadline for the competition was extended an entire month, to December 31, and that the competition is now open to group submissions, with some restrictions.

The original iteration of the rules set a deadline for November 30 and only allowed submissions from individuals. So, for anyone already planning to enter, this is a sudden change; for everyone else, you have more time to change your mind and enter, and you can submit a project that you started with a group.

There are still some important details and limitations. So, read the announcement and then look at the official rules for the competition.

For those who don’t care about the above: just so this post isn’t a waste, here’s something cool. Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello

Posted in hello, information by Dan on November 4, 2009

Roughly five times a week, I’ll post a small collection of links to web pages, articles, blog posts, and miscellany related to design, innovation, entrepreneurship, marketing, and that kind of thing.

I (try to) keep up with a large number of blogs and online magazines–I find this field simply fascinating–and I constantly find things I want to share with like-minded people. In a way, this is a continuation of my “PDI Links” lens on Squidoo, but I wanted to go a bit further with this. For one thing, this is a chance for me to get into the habit of producing and posting something every day. Second, I want to see if I can get more of a conversation going. I hope that what I post here will spark and fuel your curiosity, but I also hope you’ll add in your own stuff. Comments are open for each post. If something really interesting is going on in the comments on any given day, I’ll add it do the following day’s post.

I won’t flood you with content; I’ll filter out the best, most interesting, most valuable stuff and, again, post about five times a week.

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