Thankful, tired, ready: My midyear update

About a year ago I wrote a little post that asked some big questions about what responsive design, mobile, and the ongoing flood of new, weird devices meant for content. And then I spent a year thinking about it. I wish I could tell you that I have all the answers now. I can’t. But … Continue reading Thankful, tired, ready: My midyear update

Workshop: Structured content and organizational change

When I first started working on flexible, future-ready content, I spent a lot of time thinking about the content itself: what it means, why it’s important, and how to structure it so those things stay intact across devices and channels. But then I realized. Tearing down WYSIWYGs and building content models are critical, but they’re … Continue reading Workshop: Structured content and organizational change

This time with feeling: A fresh look at content modeling

Database modeling isn’t something you typically associate with a content strategist—particularly not the kind who is obsessed with things like brand, message, and editorial style. But maybe it should be. As I started writing a book and delving into “the future of content,” I began thinking a lot about what’s wrong with how content gets … Continue reading This time with feeling: A fresh look at content modeling

Responsive-Ready Content

The nice folks at A List Apart published a piece from me last week called Future-Ready Content, which I wrote amid the fervor over future-friendly thinking and responsive web design last year—a fervor I both joined in and felt terrified of. Because no matter how exciting this flexible, unfixed future seemed, for months I couldn’t shake … Continue reading Responsive-Ready Content

Lightning in London: On Speaking, Very Quickly, at CS Forum

Close to two weeks ago now (dude, I’ve been busy), I joined 200+ other content strategists and related web nerds for the 2011 Content Strategy Forum. Held in London, this was the event’s sophomore effort, and my second time attending as well. Even more exciting than an excuse to use my passport, I also got … Continue reading Lightning in London: On Speaking, Very Quickly, at CS Forum

IA + CS: A Summer Romance?

Summer may be waning in your parts, but it’s supposed to hit 112F here in desert suburbia today. So while you’re pulling out fall booties and scarves, I’ve still got summer lovin’ on the brain—specifically, the steamy notes information architects and content strategists have been writing one another all season. Turn up the Grease soundtrack, … Continue reading IA + CS: A Summer Romance?

Structured Content, Shifting Context: Responsive Design, Content Strategy & the Future

This summer I read Ethan Marcotte’s Responsive Web Design—the latest from A Book Apart—with fervor. I’d been hearing bits and pieces about this newfangled approach for a while, but I was anxious to understand it better…and, of course, to figure out if and how content should play a role. While most of the book was … Continue reading Structured Content, Shifting Context: Responsive Design, Content Strategy & the Future