Articles Archive for May 2010

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May 21st, 2010 | No Comment | Category: Marginalia
Interview on Unconventional Jobs

After my guest lecture at The University of Illinos at Chicago in Mike Schandorf’s “Writing for New Media” class, recent UIC graduate Jenna Reisch interviewed me for their Unconventional Jobs blog. Here’s an excerpt:
How did you get started in academic writing and what interested you the most? Is research a large part of this career?
RC: Well, academic writing, strictly speaking, is done for academic journals and is mostly written by scholars for other scholars. What I do and want to do is either called “para-academic” writing or “public …

Essays »

May 15th, 2010 | 4 Comments | Category: Essays
Three Models in-Progress

Now that Spring semester is over, I can get back to the real work. One of my classes (Dr. Nick Lasorsa’s Theory Building in the Social Sciences class) inspired me to rediscover visual modeling (see Shoemaker, Tankard & Lasorsa, 2004 and Britt, 1997). I’ve always been a big fan of playing with ideas visually, but it had been a while since I’d tried to model any of the things I’ve been working through in my head. Below, I’d like to float three models in various stages of development.

I’ve been playing …

Essays, Reviews »

May 06th, 2010 | 5 Comments | Category: Essays, Reviews
Desiring Lines: The Path More Traveled

Campus sidewalks meander between places of interest, connecting buildings and parking lots in a maze of concrete stripes. Often where their right angles turn near grassy areas between them and another building or parking lot, there are paths leading off diagonally. These forking paths are called “desire lines,” so named because they show where people would rather walk. There’s a story circulating that says good engineers (or lazy ones, depending on who tells the story; see Brand, 1994, p. 187) put sidewalks in last as to follow the desire lines …