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Ferry den Dopper (1978) is informatiearchitect en senior user experience designer bij internet fullservice bureau Tam Tam. De slogan op zijn visitekaartje, “Design for regular people and the real world”, geeft aan waar hij zich sterk voor maakt: het bedenken en ontwerpen van (internet)oplossingen die aansluiten op het referentiekader en de behoefte van de doelgroep. Als informatiearchitect houdt Ferry zich bezig met het organiseren van grote hoeveelheden informatie zodat ze gemakkelijk te gebruiken zijn op het web. Verder adviseert hij over online marketing & communicatie, usability (gebruiksvriendelijkheid) en trends als Web 2.0. Recente opdrachtgevers zijn o.a. TU Delft, Raad voor de rechtspraak, de Belastingdienst en het Ministerie van VWS. Als webtoegankelijkheidspecialist adviseert Ferry developers en webredacteuren over het toepassen van webrichtlijnen en heeft hij zitting in de Normcommissie Drempelvrij, die verantwoordelijk is voor het opstellen en functioneren van de kwaliteitsregelingen van Waarmerk Drempelvrij en de Webrichtlijnen van de Overheid.

Happy New Interaction Design!

I know, it’s been very quiet on this blog lately. Last time I wrote I had just missed a fine cocktail hour with the local IA’s in Amsterdam (and special guest Jesse James Garrett). In the meantime, I’ve had some intensive months with lots of designing, usability testing and writing. Unfortunately that meant less time (actually none) for blogging and reading Peter Morvilles latest book. I did however manage to fit in the 34’th IA cocktail hour last December (thanks Peter Boersma and for organizing). Continue reading Happy New Interaction Design!

Cocktails and Usability

Yesterday I had planned to check up on Jesse James Garrett, who was in Amsterdam for a full-day workshop on “The Elements of User Experience”. Although I knew I couldn’t attend the workshop, I anticipated on going to the cocktail hour. However, I ended up being pretty exhausted from three days intensive usability testing.

The good news is: usability testing remains to be a fun and rewarding activity. We now have completed the testing sessions and collected very much rich information on how consumers use our client’s website, how they react on the information presented to them, what makes them buy or leave. Now it’s time to process all observations and present the highlights to our client. I am already curious as to the effects of this study.

The first European IA Summit (day 1)

The Information Architecture (IA) Summit is the premier event for information architects around the world. This year’s edition in Montreal was my first one and is without doubt the best conference I attended. And as of this month, Europe has its own edition: the EuroIA Summit.

The theme of this first European edition was “Building our community”. The share of Europeans on the American summits was not all that large, so gathering European IA’s was a logical first priority. Personally, I was delighted to see many Dutch attendees, some of whom I saw two days earlier on the conference.

As regards content, these are my personal highlights of the first day of the first EuroIA. It took me a while, but better late than never. Continue reading The first European IA Summit (day 1)

Jared goes audio

Jared Spool

For those of you who enjoy the lively presentations of Jared Spool*, UIE started an audio library for their presentations. The first recording is Jared’s presentation ‘What users want‘. Enjoy!

* Earlier this year, I very much enjoyed his talk on Information Scent and ‘The Confidence Game‘.

Web 2.0: Let go, share, build upon others, free your data

Ten years after the birth of the World Wide Web, people are talking about its next generation: Web 2.0. Especially in the IA community, the buzz of Web 2.0 has resulted in an intense global discussion about its meaning, possibilities and (business and social) impact. Continue reading Web 2.0: Let go, share, build upon others, free your data