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Putting our money where our mouths are. Posted on 11/08/2001.

Many months ago, when I first announced Adaptive Path's presentations, comments were posted on my site asking for us to release the materials. I couldn't commit then, not knowing what the group wanted to do.

Well, A couple of days ago, we at Adaptive Path made our presentations, and all sample documents, available for download.

The first big one is The Complete User Experience Design, a two-day presentation which we developed as a team, so if it at times feels like you're reading/hearing 7 voices, you are. The talk sets forth our approach on how we tackle user experience, and comes with a buncha sample docs for your downloading pleasure.

The second big one is From Construct to Structure: Information Architecture from Mental Models, a one-day workshop on a particular part of our methodology--turning an understanding of users' tasks into an organizational framework for a website. It's meant to feel like a "zooming in" of a part of the two-day presentation, and is supported by a bevy of Real Live Documentation taken from a Real Live Project (though we can't name the client). I spent a boat load of time preparing this one, so I'm curious as to what y'all think, and would love the feedback.

Share and enjoy!

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enjoyed your presentation at ASIS&T, very lively (the conference needed some animation, really). browsing around my own document space today I found a reference to you and in an IA article I had saved from Freepint some time ago. well, only wish I had paid attention to my own pack-ratted information, then I would have seen your work earlier. ciao--Lee Watkins
Posted by lee watkins @ 11/08/2001 02:43 PM PST [link to this comment]

my previous comment was actually in response to "IN D STOP C STOP"

Anyway, y'all are very brave to share your "Intellectual Property" so openly - bravo! Hopefully there will be more people who recognize your genius and bring you good work (and boatloads of money) than just use your ideas to make themselves look good. --LW
Posted by lee watkins @ 11/08/2001 03:44 PM PST [link to this comment]

Thanks so much for sharing. I really got an a lot out of the Web2001 session. The sessions were great to validate what I am doing has been on target and it is even better to pick-up new techniques.

I imagine the sharing is to some extent an extension of the Web culture. Sharing is also a way to share understanding among, not only other professionals, but potential clients. Sharing helps set standards to measure one's own work as well as the product of those helping. Claiming intellectual property in this industry is the game of fools as we all borrow from each other. Look around at all the foolish energy spent trying to make a distinct process for software development (insert any techinical process). The Web is built on sharing and we build a better Web so that more folks will use it, which creates more work for those of us that have a passion for doing this.
Posted by vanderwal @ 11/08/2001 08:49 PM PST [link to this comment]

Thanks Peter, this is really generous of you and AP.
Posted by Andrew @ 11/09/2001 01:20 AM PST [link to this comment]

indeed - very generous. its very good to see this "open source" variety of usability work - as opposed to some people we know ;)...
Posted by evan @ 11/09/2001 10:24 AM PST [link to this comment]

you go girlfriend!
Posted by thanks @ 11/10/2001 07:30 AM PST [link to this comment]

Well, you finally put your money where your mouth is. I can't criticize that. Good work.
Posted by Socrates @ 11/15/2001 01:55 PM PST [link to this comment]

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