ARTS & FARCES professional services



Editorial servicesYour publications need absolutely stellar content…. We have more than 60 years combined editorial experience, including a series of three internationally best-selling books. Editorial services we offer include original writing, rewriting, consultation, acquisitions, developmental, structural, and stylistic editing, copy editing, proofreading, fact-checking, indexing, and custom research.

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Content strategy servicesUsers expect carefully planned publications…. Users come for great content. Not for code nor for design — it’s all about content. Content strategy — the plans for creation, delivery, and governance of content — is one of our specialties. Yup, it’s a new buzzword, but ARTS & FARCES has been doing it for more than 30 years — long before it was called that. We’ll help you determine what content is necessary and help you prioritize it.

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Information architecture servicesUsers demand useful content structure…. ARTS & FARCES helps you figure out what information your users want, how they expect it to be organized, and how they expect it to be labeled. All while meeting your core objectives. We’ll construct a blueprint of your website — form, function, interface, interaction, navigation structure(s), and metaphor(s).

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Information architecture servicesYour website must be eminently usable…. Users shouldn’t require specialized training to use your website. Information should be presented clearly and concisely; the correct navigation choices should be obvious; and the consequences of any action should be unambiguous. ARTS & FARCES tests the four traditional aspects of usability: Performance, accuracy, recall, and emotional response.

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ARTS & FARCES internet publications

Hasten down the wireHasten down the wire: Unique perspectives on the politics of information is updated regularly and includes our earliest web writings — electronic updates to the Internet Tour Guide series (1993-94), Cyberspace Settlers’ Guide (1995-96), and articles from our static websites (1993-99). The name is a play on Warren Zevon’s “Hasten Down the Wind.” ISSN: 1535-8119

Hasten down the wikiHasten down the wiki is updated frequently and includes our longer, book-length, web writings. Like its older sibling, Hasten down the wire, the name is a play on Warren Zevon’s “Hasten Down the Wind.” Important note: You’ll need to be a member with editing privileges to edit the wiki. ISSN: 1535-8119

Adventures with the naked Mac Mini ServerAdventures with the naked Mac Mini Server is a frequently updated wiki outlining ARTS & FARCES’ attempt to keep a production headless, keyboardless, and mouseless Apple Macintosh Mini Server running smoothly. The initial wiki pages were published on 18 September 2011. Important note: You’ll need to be a member with editing privileges to edit the wiki.

Toward a user experience strategyToward a user experience strategy is a frequently updated wiki outlining the ARTS & FARCES methodology for user experience design with a focus on the content strategy, information architecture, editorial, and usability phases. The initial wiki pages were published on 24 January 2010. Important note: You’ll need to be a member with editing privileges to edit the wiki.

Information Eclipse: Privacy and Access in AmericaAfter publishing more than 20 books with traditional publishers, Information Eclipse: Privacy and Access in America was published by ARTS & FARCES on 3 September 1999. It’s the first title for the ARTS & FARCES imprint; there will be more. The online edition of the book was published simultaneously with the print edition. ISBN: 1-892659-00-X

Benefits of working with us

  • In continuous operation since 1979 (save for an eight month hiatus in 2002-03)
  • Experience working with organizations from one-person businesses and successful startups to major design firms and Fortune 100 companies
  • More than 30 years of editorial experience
  • More than 30 years of content strategy experience
  • More than 20 years of information architecture experience
  • More than 20 years of usability experience
  • Published more than 25 books
  • Published user experience process methodology
  • Published guidelines for running headless Mac Mini server

Why should I register?

ARTS & FARCES internet requires membership registration for use of some services. Most notably, editing the wiki requires registration and edit privileges. In the future, some publications and sections will be available only to registered users.

In the future, registered users will receive discounts on some services, publications, and website sections.

Important note: ARTS & FARCES internet membership registration is currently closed. If you have need for access to certain parts of the website (e.g., editing the wiki) and are not currently an active ARTS & FARCES client, email a request to mfraase@farces.com.

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