Beth Mazur: The InfoDesign profile
By Peter J. Bogaards (June 1, 2004)
Each month, InfoDesign profiles a thought leader in the design industry, focusing on people who are identified with or show strong sensibilities to the design of information and experiences. This time, Beth Mazur is our 'victim'.
Beth Mazur is the founder of STC's Information Design SIG, which has over 1,800 members (the largest of STC's special interest groups). She spends much free time on her weblog, IDblog, and pays the bills by working on the web for AARP. She is co-editor, with Mike Albers, of "Content and Complexity: Information Design in Technical Communication".
Most Valuable URI
To continue the cliché from April, it's Google.
Best PDF/PPT To Download
Anything Marc Rettig's done, like his "interaction design history in a teeny little nutshell"
Best Read Book
"Linked: The New Science of Networks" from Albert-László Barabási.
Person's Work To Follow
Jean-luc Doumont (http://www.jlconsulting.be/).
Favorite World Company
Best Non-profit Organisation
MoveOn.org. For being a pain in George Bush's *ss.
Your Role Model
I don't know that I have a current role model. The last I remember is Joan Benoit, who I used to see run the Boston marathon in the late 70s, early 80s. I kept a picture of her winning the Olympics marathon in 1984 (first time women were able to run in the event) up on my bulletin board for years afterwards.
Book You Always Return To
Karen Schriver's "Dynamics in Document Design"
Article You Always Return To
Nathan Shedroff's "A Unified Field Theory of Design" .
Best Recent Quote
It's an old quote (may be a Chinese proverb), but it's new to me.
Company Ever To Work For
I'm very happy where I am now, but I've always had this curiosity about working for the National Science Foundation.
Person Ever To Work With
Mike Lee. He's been here for 6 months while his wife was home on maternity leave with Cianna. Amy's wonderful, but having Mike's creative spark on tap has really been great.
Person To Meet
Nathan Myhrvold (formerly CTO of Microsoft). Brilliant scientist and gourmet chef!
Favorite Place on the Web
WYEP.org. You'd think you could find good radio here. Not.
First Site on Monday Morning
Mike Lee's weblog: http://curiouslee.typepad.com/weblog/
Killer Usability Argument
If you have competition, you need usability. If you don't have competition, you still need usability.
Most Promising Technology
Really Simple Syndication (RSS)
Best Software Application
Homesite. No more HTML editing in vi for me!
Your Advice For A Talented UX Designer
Be a good "do bee" and share your talents with others on the web via a blog or email list or website.
Best Place on Earth
Boston, Massachusetts, USA.