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“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it.” - Steve Jobs

The evolution of interaction design

we started out caring about the behavior of the things we create. we moved towards caring about fitting the behavior of the people we create things for. now ... We need to design the behavior of things, so they fit the behavior of people, in order to change their behavior.

Get ready to get your geek on! Nov 6-8 in Savannah!

So the speaker list has finally been announced for Geekend 2009 in Savannah, GA at the Hyatt Regency, November 6-8. This is a great event meant to bring together folks from tech, biz and design of software, games and web. I'm doing a custom rapid fire version of my Sketching workshop with ...

Can we have a real discussion about IxD EDU?

I first saw that there was a new issue of interactions (the magazine of ACM/SIGCHI) when @jkolko announced it. Right away I clicked on over to the site enticed by the mention of a piece about Education in NYC. Ya see I know big things are happening in NYC with ...

Do UCD Methodologies really work?

After a debate on the IxDA list, I feel pushed to make this inquiry: (was going to tweet but way too long) This might sound a bit off-putting, but I'm feeling desperate. Can someone please show me a Goal Directed Design or Contextual Inquiry project (any formal UCD methodology) that has ...

Interaction — The IxDA Conferences … Maturing 08 > 10

(I started this post over 3 months ago and finished it today. Sorry if it feels a tad disjointed, but I still like it. Hopefully you will gain some inspiration and motivation by it.) In 2008 I had the pleasure of co-chairing the first Interaction Design Association (IxDA) conference, Interaction 08 ...

Sending articles I share on Google Reader to Twitter

Yesterday, I decided after reading @fabwteets amazing links come across my timeline for about 2 weeks now, to do the same. I have connected my Shared Articles RSS feed to Twitterfeed.com. So now whenever I share something in Google Reader, that individual post will have the title and the link ...

Go check out the Umea Grad Site (especially IxD)

I'm excited when I look at work like that being done by these students. THIS is the work I want to be associated with. Practical and ground breaking and aesthetic. Visual, tactile and more. I'm sure other schools like CIID and Malmo are doing this type of work, but I ...

Oldie but goodie: When I’m asked to design a bridge …

With the currently running Design Challenge by Mozilla (Partnered with IxDA & JohnnyHolland) about Tabs I thought I'd share a core concept in doing design work. What are the latent design criteria not expressed in the request? It is so important to understand this core component of design. It is an ...

#disignhybrids @johnmaeda

John Maeda the president of the Rhode Island School of Design is doing an experiment on Twitter. He is looking for design hybrids. It's a great idea and is totally in the spirit of many of the conversations I've been trying to lead around the realities of design and the ...

My latest on Johnny … It’s about creating human connections

Well of course I have to add a link pointer to my latest piece on JohnnyHolland.org. The piece is a teaser for the presentation I'll be giving in Malmö, Sweden this coming June at the From Business to Buttons conference. Check out the piece.

If you ever wanted to understand the history of the Internet

This is an amazingly well done detailed video/animated history of the technology that makes up today's Internet. Very COOL!!! Thanx (@flytip)

Summer camp for a professor = consulting

This summer I need to go to camp. Yup. Like the young school teachers who turned camp counselors over the summer, I too need a job. So let me talk a little bit about what I can do for y'all. Remotely: Do Interaction Design work. UI Design work on web, software, embedded and ...

Evangelizing UX in UXMatters

I've been a regular contributor to Ask  UXMatters.com. This latest installment was about evangelizing UX in your organization. This is a topic I've had a TON of experience doing, since for the last 10 years, its all I've been doing. You can read my thoughts and those of others in this ...

Interview with great Social Media Designers

Will Evans who you may remember interviewed me, takes on the workshop leaders Christian Crumlish, Erin Malone and Lucas Pettinat of the "Designing and Building with Patterns and Pattern Libraries" at Interaction 09. It is just another great reasons to come to Interaction 09 | Vancouver. The interview is Available on ...

interface & interaction

In preparing for a class this week I was reading Malcolm McCullough's Digital Ground. This is by far one of my top 5 must read IxD thinking books. In the very first chapter there is a quote that got me thinking about a thread common in the IxDA Discussion List ...

James Howard Kunstler speaks to SCAD faculty RE: the global energy crisis

Today was my first quarterly faculty meeting at SCAD. I was pleasantly surprised that besides the usual boring policy statements and announcements there was a fantastic keynote speaker, James Howard Kunstler. Once more the speaker was somoene I didn't know but whom I really loved listening to. I took the opportunity ...

Objectified, the movie about product design

I found this trailer and am so excited there isa movie about what *I* do and teach coming to a theatre near you.

TriUPA’s 2009 Professional Training workshop series (For North Carolinians, and others near NC)

[I'm really excited to be part of this series of speakers and workshops that the fine folks at TriUPA (North Carolina Research Triangle) were able to put together. If you are in the Triangle, I hope I'll be able to get to see you there, then. -- dave] What's TriUPA? ...

Are you Plurky!!!????!!!

Plurk is a micro-blogging application that is very rich, interactive and wonderinfully and thoughtfully designed. It takes the concept of Jaiku and Twitter which are so minimalist in their presentation (Twitter is MySpace-like and Jaiku is Face-book-like) and applies some really interesting RIA design theory around it. Instead of a "feed" ...

A little teaser about my class that starts this week

Taken from the UIE sponsored Web Application Summit, Jan. 2007. As I think about the 6 week course I'm starting this week, I'm getting really excited about the opportunity to run a small studio class on 2 of my favorite topics: interaction design & rich internet applications. To cut to the ...

February 19th 2015
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My Google Story from Interaction15 Week

Storytelling and Interaction Design – Talk

Here is the talk I gave at From Business to Buttons 2014 this month in Stockholm. It was a wonderfully produced day-long event that left everyone begging for more. This talk is about how Storytelling as a framework for Interaction Design can be very useful not just in explaining design, ...

Re-looking at T-types and collaboration in UX

Rethinking my T-type (maybe even my I-type) against the commodity, firmness, desirability framework ala Vitruvius. I’m pretty much focused on commodity, utility or usefulness. This doesn't mean I don't understand the greater whole that the triumvirate express together so well. It means that my self-admitted mindset and bias focuses my attention ...

Why I create stories as an interaction designer

1. I play act in my mind, in my sketches, in my physical play possibilities where structure doesn't only map against the frame of narrative, but the framework for how we process experiences. 2. The written words and pictures are crafted artifacts from which to evaluate realism of personas (characters); contexts (setting), ...

Thoughts on code, programming, design, production, development, technology and Oh! Design

I apologize for throwing this 4000 word essay out there like this. I thought and thought and just didn't know where else to put it. I hope someone enjoys it. Yesterday a very respected colleague, who I also call friend (not in that Facebook way, but in that pre-Internet kinda-way), wrote ...

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