19 Dec 2014 by Lisa Farlow
2014 Year in Review: Dennis





(One of my) Favourite book(s) of 2014: Intertwingled, by Peter Morville

Part philosophy, part cultural study, part exploration of the future of Information Architecture, this is one strange book. In it, Morville examines the nature of information and the deeply interconnected spaces in which it resides. Along the way he shows how culture, though seldom discussed, affects everything we do. He looks at the limits of what we’re able to understand, notes the rarely exposed assumptions that underpin our ideas, and reminds us that certainty is the enemy of creativity. This is a book filled with wisdom not only for IA practice, but for life. It’s short, but I could it read many times before absorbing its lessons.

Intertwingled

 

Personal highlight of 2014:  In October I was lucky enough to spend six solo days in New York City, one of my favourite places to visit. Before travelling I decided that I would not spend my entire time rushing madly about trying to do all the things. Instead, I promised myself I would spend part of every day just sitting and looking and sketching what I saw. No screen between me and the world. Just paper and pen and eyes. On a rainy Saturday morning I spent two glorious hours in the Metropolitan Museum of Art staring at Van Gogh’s Wheat Field with Cypresses and making my own sketch with pencils and markers. Such a privilege to spend time with this master work, to really see the brush strokes, and to think about how the painting was constructed. I was also lucky enough to complete my sketch before security told me “No markers allowed!” But that’s another story.

Wheatfield_w_Cypresses

18 Dec 2014 by Lisa Farlow

2014 Year in Review: Lisa

Most interesting project: Working with BC Justice, learning about criminal procedures from arrest to bail to arraignment to trial by shadowing crown prosecutors and their staff. By the end we had learned so much that we needed a wall-sized journey … Read More

22 Dec 2014 by Lisa Farlow

2014 Year in Review: Sheldon

Proudest project moment: I would have to say working with the team at Alberta Education. It’s a fun environment, they have a great team in place, and we are working on projects that will have a really positive impact in the … Read More