Meanwhile, here's my take on Wurman's talk.
Since the degree of sensemaking shifts as one becomes involved in larger scale challenges its an important distinction for those truly seeking to understand how sensemaking is changing today. This change is the focus of the SenseMaker Dialogs series and thus the reference to the framework.
You probably know that without some kind of post-discipline sensemaking framework most conversations about design are meaningless today. We wince when we see well meaning, half-baked, unenlightened bloggers mashing all forms of design into one lump in service of their own interests. This lumping tends to undercut recognition for the need for change in the design community. Lets get smarter. Design today is not one thing but rather a series of patterns in motion. Rather than replace each other, those patterns exist in parallel. If you are sincerely interested you can learn more about the NextD complexity scale here:
Sure, Gary did cover a lot of ground and could have focused for hours on many of individual slides, but I enjoyed the rapid run through Humantific's practice.
As for Richard Saul Wurman, I loved his talk. I have been a huge fan of his since I picked up “Information Anxiety” many years ago. He talks the way his book reads—-lots of sidebars and stories. A treat to see him in person.]]>