Links for 8th March 2010

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. The Blood-Red Pencil: Building Character

    Fiction tips on building well-rounded characters.

    Tagged with: writingfictioncharacterdevelopmentnarrativeplot

  2. How Conceptual Metaphors are Stunting Web Innovation

    "Central to all these programs of metaphor re-engineering is a recognition that the hyperlink is the basic building block of the web. Our conceptualization of the web still does not truly reflect its non-sequential, branching texture, created by hyperlinks.<br />
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    We still haven’t truly understood that click and link are as fundamental today as read and write.<br />
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    All in all, throwing off that burden is an immensely difficult task. It is much easier to create technology that conforms to dominant metaphors. What we need to do as we enter the third decade of the web, however, is consider what we want the web to be rather than awkwardly fitting that vision into older descriptive paradigms."

    Tagged with: cyberspacemetaphorconceptualdesigninterfacelanguagetechnology

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