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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. Read More

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 map to showcase it all. Read More

17 Dec 2014 by Lisa Farlow

2014 Year in Review: Johanna

Proudest project moment: Hosting our first ever Better Intranets was extremely rewarding. The whole team pulled together to contribute to all aspects of the event, and it was satisfying to see our clients and other Intranet enthusiasts have an opportunity to get together to talk about their Intranets in a casual environment. Read More

16 Dec 2014 by Lisa Farlow

2014 Year in Review: Ben

My favourite project moment: I demonstrated my new prototype at a workshop for Alberta Land Titles. The participants were excited with what they saw and provided clear, specific feedback of how it could be improved. It is enjoyable to see how collaboration can create much richer ideas than any individual could. Read More

15 Dec 2014 by Lisa Farlow

2014 Year in Review: Sarah

Over the next week and a half, we'll be posting a Year in Review for each nFormer! Today we'll start with Sarah. Favourite project: One of my favourite moments was helping with a final presentation (and attending that presentation) where we got to present our findings on 15+ different workshops we conducted for a large client. Sometimes when we are in a workshop environment our findings can be really ground breaking and can immensely affect recommendations and the project. These 15+ workshops really were true exploring activities, as the research we were conducting had never been completed before. Looking back I can’t believe how much time we got to spend really getting to understand the client’s business and how field employees work and what their roles are. And during the final presentation, I also got to see a few senior colleagues (that I have endless respect for) in action. I hope to one day be able to respond to tough questions on the spot with expertise, confidence and experience! Read More

24 Nov 2014 by Dennis Breen

The mobile juggernaut isn’t coming. It’s here.

Those of us who’ve seen the explosion of handheld devices in the past few years have known that mobile access is going to have an enormous impact on how people use the web. Some of us have seen analytics that show an increase in mobile traffic to even the most obscure of sites. But few of us have studied mobile adoption like Benedict Evans, a consultant with venture capital firm Andreeson Horowitz. A couple of weeks ago Evans posted a fascinating presentation titled Mobile Is Eating The World. And boy, is it ever. Read More

12 Nov 2014 by Kerryn North

Staff Retreat

Last week the nForm team spent a couple days in Banff for our semi-annual staff retreat. This was our first time taking the retreat out of town. Being away from … Read More

28 Aug 2014 by Sarah Vilay

Canadian Intranet Practices Research: Tidbit #2

We often work with communications teams driving the entire Intranet development process. We are told time and time again that Information about Corporate Events is very important and often are told that it is the most important piece of information to include on intranets. One specific question in our survey asked participants to rank the most popular or accessed type of content. Read More

22 Jul 2014 by Sarah Vilay

Intranet Foundations Workshop

We’re taking our Intranet Foundations Workshop on the road! Join us on November 18, 2014 in Victoria, BC for a full-day focusing on improving your organization’s intranet. Read More

16 Jul 2014 by Sarah Vilay

Canadian Intranet Practices Research: Tidbit #1

In April, we took on our first original research project and it’s been a very interesting process that I’ve come to enjoy. The topic: Canadian Intranet Practices. Our goal: tap into Canadian organizations. Why: to learn more about how Canadian organizations use intranets. We are currently working through our data and we wanted to share a few preliminary findings throughout the next few weeks. For now, let me share with you a few tidbits from our first look at the results. Read More