April 19 2:30 to 4:30 PM April 20 2:30 to 4:30 PM
Information is essential to your work. And you are overwhelmed by it. Research findings, design inspiration, project details, insightful essays, useful webinars, and so much more. All this information should make you smarter, generate insights, and amplify your creative output. And yet the result is a digital tarpit where information goes to die.
There is an alternative: building a “second brain.” The strategy is to replace the tarpit with a structured workflow for translating information into your own ideas, externalizing them, and linking them together. A new breed of tools — Obsidian, Roam Research, Notion, and more — are designed to enable this approach to this process.
But it’s not just about tools. They share principles, perspectives, and processes for getting more from the information in your life. This is a new kind of information architecture. It’s personal. It’s emergent. It’s a bit messy. And it’s built on the premise that knowledge is constructed through a simple, intentional, and habitual conversation with information. We call this knowledge gardening.
Join information architects Karl Fast and Jorge Arango for an engaging hands-on exploration of emerging mind-augmentation technologies and practices.
About the speakers
Jorge is an information architecture consultant, author, and educator. He’s the author of “Living in Information: Responsible Design for Digital Places” (Two Waves, 2018), co-author of “Information Architecture: for the Web and Beyond” (O’Reilly, 2015), and host of The Informed Life podcast. Besides consulting, writing, and podcasting, he also teaches in the graduate interaction design program at the California College of the Arts.
Karl Fast studies what it means to think well in a world jam-packed with information. He holds a PhD in information science, was a Professor of UX Design at Kent State University, and is co-author of “Figure it Out: Getting from Information to Understanding.” Karl has worked in information architecture and user experience since the earliest days of the web.