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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

Report from Up to All Of Us

I'm currently on a plane heading back home after a short weekend with a group of mostly instructional designers who are at a new type of unconference (something I've never experienced before). It felt more like a retreat than a conference due to the setting and the style of interaction ...

Modkit Micro looks amazing!

Modkit is a drag & drop visual programming tool for micro-controllers like Arduino. They've decided to run it as a Kickstarter and are already above their goal. This looks just like what I needed. Now I just need a great Arduino project to practice with. I also really appreciate the community and ...

Presenting goes wrong!

Today it happened. @jmspool has been warning me for close to decade to be ready for this moment, which I must say I handled like a pro, but alas, I was honestly unprepared for it. Today during a presentation I have, my computer died. DIED! CROAKED! DEAD! Shoot it in ...

Graphic Design Fame List

Recently on twitter I asked folks who they felt were the best and most influential graphic designers besides the almost ubiquitously accepted, Paul Rand. I said that I was compile the list of folks, so here it is. Massimo Vignelli Milton Glaser Roger Black Erik Spiekermann Louise Fili Paula Scher Saul Bass Susan Kare Josef Muller-Brockman Wolfgang Weingart Jan Tschichold Tibor Kalman Barbara ...

I’m a UX Storyteller

Through the amazing effort of @iatv (aka Jan Jursa), 42 great UX Professionals of whom I'm honored to be included, get to tell their many diverse stories as life as a UX Pro. Check it out! You can learn more at http://uxstorytellers.blogspot.com/

What is in a sound? Behavior, motivation & dissecting a brand

So I've had a lot of offline discussions about my little call for designs of a Harley Davidson car. One major recurring theme is the importance of the sound of the vehicle. That low slow baritone sound coming out of the exhaust that you can hear a mile away defines ...

Get your Geek on, Savannah Style!

The first weekend of November (just 2 short weeks away), I'll be one of a slew of great speakers her in Savannah, GA on the topics of Technology, Entrepreneurship and Design at the first of what hopes to be a great new annual event called Geekend! Check check out this amazing ...

Great vid portraying the human perspective of using a computer

This is a bit slow to take off, but it really is worth the watch. It is an amazing exercise by the folks at Multitouch-Barcelona to try and understand how humans perceive the computers in their lives. GREAT work! This is an example of what I've been thinking of for the student ...

List of cultural assumption observations

On my flight from Oslo to Copenhagen, I started a list of cultural assumptions and moraes I observed throughout the last 10 days of my stay in Scandinavia. As a summary I've spend 3 days in Copenhagen, 2 days in Malmö, 3 days in Stockholm, and 2 days in Oslo. I ...

Speaking engagements in June

I'm very excited about the month of June. It is a whole new experience for me. It is the beginning of my professorial career in terms of one special consideration. That is, June is my first of 3 months off in a row (+ 2 weeks in September). I tried ...

15 new videos posted from @Interaction09 – including MINE!

So finally after 3 months of waiting the next large chunk of vids are up on line via Library.IxDA.org. My faves include: ME! - Foundations of Interaction Design Jared Spool & Friends: Hiring the next generation of interaction designers (at around the 46min mark you can see me causing a ruckus during Q&A. It's ...

Honda imagines “Mobility 2088”

I found the video below to be quite inspiring and humbling as a designer. What do you think mobility will look like 80 years from now?

Roundness is a theme of mockery

I have noticed a trend of 2. In the last 2 years I have seen two parodies done expressed in roundness. One was used to make fun of Microsoft. What would happen if Microsoft tried to make an iPhone. It was a brilliant piece that deeply explores all that is wrong ...

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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