In Episode 9.5 of Screen Space: A Metacast of where Screen Space went and what to expect next

Welcome to Screen Space, your podcast about creating usable, accessible, effective, and efficient web, blog, and new media design for the everyday (and non-expert) designer. This is your host, Dr. Jennifer L. Bowie. It has been a while since the last Screen Space, but never fear. I have not podfaded, just podpaused. In this metacast I will explain the pause and give you information on what to expect in the future from Screen Space. I also end with a special treat.

As loyal listeners who have stuck by the podcast despite the break likely remember, I am an assistant professor. Last fall I taught a senior seminar that included a large podcasting component. I was doing so much with podcasting through that class I just did not have time to keep up with this podcast. In addition, I was focusing on some publications. As this podcast unfortunately falls below both teaching and more formal scholarship on my priority scale the podcast was paused. But the class is over, and progress made on some publications. So, I am back at it. Pause over.

Due to the business of life as a profession, I doubt I can keep up regular weekly or even biweekly podcast. While I’d like to do biweekly, I am going to try for every three weeks during the semester. Hopefully I can be more frequent, but other things do take priority.

If you are interested in podcasting from an academic or educational perspective, I am currently working with the research I collected in my podcasting senior seminar and will be shortly presenting the findings from this research at ATTW. My research is an assessment of how students produced podcasts impacted learning. Keep an eye on the blog and I’ll likely post a link to the presentation.

So that is what I’ve been up to professionally beyond podcasting. Now for what you can expect from Screen Space. The next episode, 10, will be on why you do not want user-friendly sites. This will be my introduction to User-Centered Design. The following episode will be on usability testing, which is one way to work towards user-centered sites. Other upcoming episodes will include information on running usability tests; basic copyright issues as they relate to blogs, websites, and other new media; creative commons and copyleft, blog tips and ideas; accessibility; a bit of rhetoric including ethos, pathos, & logos; and a discussion on multimedia use. I am also open to your own questions and episode ideas, so send them in to I’m happy to talk about your web, blog, and new media design concerns.

So, loyal listeners thanks for staying with this. New listeners, thanks for giving this a try. There are many exciting forthcoming episodes. Stay tuned!

I leave you today with a special treat. Instead of my outro music, I am including, with special permission, what is probably my favorite song from The Extraordinary Contraptions, an exciting up an coming Atlanta Steampunk Band. The song is “Smote.” You can find more on The Extraordinary Contraptions by going to their MySpace page or even Googling them. You can listen to six of their songs on MySpace and more on and nimbit. I will post all the links in the transcript. If you enjoy the song, let me know and let them know and, of course, consider buying more of their music.

That’s it for now! Have fun and design well!

If you have questions, comments, or thoughts on what you want me to cover please send me an email at or check out the Screen Space blog—

Screen Space is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. So, feel to send a copy to your favorite rock or steampunk band, but don’t change the podcast, do give me and Screen Space credit, and don’t make any money off of it.

Screen Space’s opening music today is “African Dance” by Apa Ya off of Headroom Project and is available from Magnatune. . The closing music is “Smote” by The Extraordinary Contraptions and is available on and nimbit.

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2 Responses to “Screen Space 9.5: A Metacast of where Screen Space went and what to expect next”

just found screen space on itunes – was reeeeaaally looking forward to episodes 12-n on UCD. Any plans to start these back up?

Hey Luc,
Yes, I do plan to move forward with those episodes. I’m currently going up for tenure and my huge dossier is due in a few weeks. My focus has been on getting tenure and gettign this dossier in. But once I have Screen Space will come alive again.

Thanks for you interest!

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