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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 ...

Fill your passport – I know I’m not done yet

Today I was invited to speak to a class of The Creative Circus (@creativecircus) over Skype about my story as a designer, community organizer and entrepreneur. I was invited by Liberty White (@i_am_liberty). During the call I was asked what advice I'd give to these folks who will be looking for ...

Is “the server” beyond the app?

This will be a short post. ... Recently there has been a lot of hoopla about privacy especially around the recent "breech of trust" by one of my favorite apps, Path. I'm one of the people and looking at my Path stream I'm not alone, who seemed to just not care. ...

Please Google, Disrupt Me.

Maybe I'm just a little overly inspired by @lukegwilliams. Maybe it is that I'm just an annoying troll. Maybe I just don't get it and it seems that peers of mine feel the same (many of my peers don't feel the same). What am I talking about? I'm talking about the ...

Harley Davidson Car Design Challenge

What the heck. I'm looking for a new car. I always wanted a Harley. Why shouldn't Harley go into the car business. I mean if Honda and Suzuki can do it, why not Harley Davidson. Combining the brand appeal that is stronger than Mini, VW, and BMW with a larger ...

Designing without introspection…Huh?

I got back from @uxlx this week. My write up of the conference will be @johnnyholland later this week. The conference was quite excellent. The diversity and quality of attendees and speakers felt unprecedented to me which combined with the venue and surrounding city made for a wonderful event. What I ...

It will come … well, maybe

Finally got 2 seconds on my friend's iPad today. Can't walk into Best Buy because I don't trust myself. I played with it for maybe 5min tops and a lot of that time was with my little boy tuggin' at my sleeve saying, "What's this?" So this is by no ...

Game-Changers Are Usually Imperfect

I came across a piece about the iPad from @petterihilsila, entitled Game-Changers Are Usually Imperfect. Normally, I wouldn't post something just about the iPad, but I think this piece highlights for me the importance of platform design over component design in products and services (especially where they are combined). Before Saturday, when ...

Platforms become utilities when …

Ever since the Facebook (We own your content) debacle of awhile ago, I have been thinking about how products and services move from being just a product/service to becoming a platform to really becoming a utility (no matter how much they resist). Most organizations don't even acknowledge this transition until ...

Intra-technological age (1/2 baked, but gotta get it out there)

I have had this idea in one shape or another for a few weeks now. It all started during the days of the heavy debates on the IAI and IxDA lists about the nature of our communities and the relevance if any to the term UX for me in particular ...

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?

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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