Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes.


Rhodia Drive

Rhodia Drive is a fantastic blog written by someone named Tedo, a Filipino journalist currently based in Chicago, that is devoted to Rhodia notepads. Tedo posts random stories, artwork and photos from Rhodia lovers around the world. I always carry around a 35 x 4.5 Rhodia notepad and traded in my Tufte graph paper for Rhodia a little over a year ago. If you’re one of us, check out Rhodia Drive and the flickr group.


Announcing New MFA in Interaction Design

Liz Danzico announces the MFA program in Interaction Design at SVA in New York City, which she is to chair.

Today, the School of Visual Arts in New York City is unveiling a project we’ve been working on for some time: a new Master of Fine Arts in Interaction Design, a program to launch in Fall of 2009. The program was jointly concepted by Steven Heller, co-founder (with Lita Talarico) of the renowned MFA Designer as Author program, and me over the last several months. I’ll be charting a new path of sorts in coming months, taking on the position as Chair of the program, while continuing to foster my own information architecture and user research practice in parallel.

The program is in the early stages of development as we shape the curriculum and work with faculty and potential faculty. The caliber of the instructors so far is quite staggering even to me, and I’m thrilled to see what is emerging with each new component. The diverse faculty roster includes in part: Christopher Fahey, David Womack, Jason Santa Maria, Karen McGrane, Khoi Vinh, Paul Ford, Matt Owens, Rachel Abrams, Jeffrey Zeldman — just to name a few. (Many more on the faculty will be announced later this summer.)


MySpace Redesign

TechCrunch has screenshots of the MySpace redesign that launches next week. Adaptive Path were involved in the design and IA process.

Los Angeles based social network MySpace, which has 115 million monthly visitors worldwide (Comscore, April 2008), will be launching a redesign of its site next week. The first phase of the project, internally called “MySpace 2.0,” will launch on Wednesday June 18.

The changes affect five major areas of the service: homepage, navigation, profile editor, search and the MySpaceTV Flash player.

Search looks very much improved, as does the home page. The profile theme editor also looks much easier to use.