Few technologies have exploded into mainstream culture as quickly as video games. Nonexistent just a few decades ago, video games are now a multibillion dollar industry, with a presence in nearly every home (and pocket) in the country. With their rise in popularity, questions have arisen about how games can be used in industries other than entertainment – industries like education. And that is where our story begins.
Templates, trainings, threats: I've tried everything to get content from clients and colleagues sooner—and mobile hasn't made things easier. Instead of planning pages, now we’re asking stakeholders to prioritize and manage a million bits of modular content. So how do we keep our subject-matter experts from feeling overwhelmed, prevent carousel-obsessed executives from endless homepage arguments, and get the content we need to make design and development decisions?
They're the most basic technology on the web, but we underestimate just how much links are changing the way we read and write. Links give content creators a way to play with user expectations and give users a way to turn the act of reading into a form of gameplay. We'll discuss how links actually create meaning, how to use them as an artful writing tool, and how all of this is changing the very nature of knowledge in the 21st century.