Nov 272011
 

Creating things, a series of pages collating resources to help you create ideas and turn them into reality has been added to the wiki. There are now nearly 30 pages on the UsableDevices wiki, and while the content, structure and presentation are all ‘works in progress’, the approach, style and value of content is starting to show it’s usefulness.

Creating things provides brief descriptions of different creative processes,  along with links to detail on the key steps and a growing number of resources.

The mix of approaches from artistic creation to technical is to provide alternative ways to suit your style, or challenge you to try new ways. It is also to encourage a flow of ideas and increased interaction between these communities. Some examples of cross community activity can be found in the Inspirations page.

The intent is to create a ‘really useful’ resource that contains summary information about different processes and techniques, but then most likely will link to external sites for more information. It is not intended to create an internet directory of categories and links and it is not intended to create lists of software and other items purely for advertising. It is hoped that the community that grows around this site will manage the content to include diverse content that is ‘really useful’, and not just categorised lists of links.

Nov 092011
 

One of the goals of this site is to share information, and of course that should not just be any information, but ‘useful stuff’.  With the Internet and growth of the information society or whatever buzz words spring to mind, there is a huge volume of information available. Lots of it is readily accessible and good quality, but a lot is hard to find, or easy to find – if you know what to look for or where to look, or information is easy to find, but only in bits that are widely dispersed and would benefit from a central summary.

This site is attempting to build a community to reduce these issues. I am making a start by collating the Inspiration posts onto the Wiki. This will provide a summary list view and detailed pages, as well as add the Semantic MediaWiki enhancements (web 2 features) and allow easier re-use of the information.

This site is not trying to be a repository, not trying to be a “web directory”, although there will be aspects of both, but trying to provide useful “stepping stones” to find targeted/structured information for people at all skill and knowledge levels. It is up to the readers of this site to see if this approach has any merit, to modify the approach, and hopefully join in and build the community.

The inspirations on the Wiki will soon be followed with more technically focussed information in several areas, so please keep an eye on the {U}sable{D}evices site, as these will be valuable resources to help you get started, and please join in with reviews and contributions.