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What is the Tarquin Engine? The Tarquin Engine is a tool for the creation and delivery of zooming infinite canvas webcomics . In it's current form it exists as a series of Action Script routines within a Macromedia Flash FLA file. Users can customise this template file through a simple drag-and-drop process in order to create their own original infinite canvas narrative. What do I need to use the Tarquin Engine? You need a copy of Macromedia Flash MX or MX 2004.
A year ago I was casting about for a new example to use in my mental model presentations. I wanted something that was more globally applicable than a kitchen remodel, which was our old example at Adaptive Path. (Imagine someone living in a tiny Tokyo apartment trying to make sense of the task flow supporting the planning around custom kitchen cabinets!)
The last few months have been an exciting time for open source usability. Here is a first hand story of what has been happening, some photographs and reflections. This article is divided into three parts.
June 21, 2004 I've been practicing information architecture since 1994, and from Gopher to Google have seen dramatic changes in the landscape of organization, search and retrieval. Through these ten tempestuous years, I've found the infamous three circle diagram to be a great tool for explaining how and why we must strike a unique balance on each project between business goals and context, user needs and behavior, and the available mix of content. Figure 1. The Three Circles of Information Architecture