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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 simple 6 things that a UX designer should be able to do

There has been a lot of debate of late about what a designer does and doesn't do and what they need to know and don't need to know. Since context is such an important variable to all this I offer this attempt to reduce what is the core of what ...

What are and how I have come to use design principles in my practice

I was first introduced to design principles in 2009 from @LukeW (Luke Wroblewski) in his great Interaction09 talk in Vancouver (see it here): Luke Wroblewski - Parti and the Design Sandwich from Interaction Design Association on Vimeo. His follow up article on principles was also really clarifying about their value and about ...

Studio = Serendipity by Design

[Today, I read a great piece by Mark Boulton (@markboulton) on his experience past & present with design critiques and how they've sorta been lost in the web design (and by extension I'll add the UX community). I've had this 1-2 written piece on the design studio and Mark's post ...

Day 1 impressions from Adobe MAX

So I'm attending my 1st Adobe MAX conference. (http://max.adobe.com/) I was invited to be on a panel to discuss their new Creative Touch Apps (http://blogs.adobe.com/creativelayer/) which were announced as part of today's keynote (http://max.adobe.com/online/). Here are some of my thoughts after this one day. The Keynote Opening To kick off the keynote ...

Code, material & creativity

Tonight I read an interesting interview of Andy Hertzfeld. To be honest I feel a bit ashamed that I know so little about Andy as it seems he's done some amazing & important work in UI Design, including at Apple & now at Google--for Google+. In the interview a key early ...

Will teach for …

One of the best advantages of being a professor is getting 16wks off every summer. But that length of time quickly gets boring unless you find ways to fill it. One of the ways I like to do to fill it is to travel around the world to anywhere that ...

Why designers do need to know code …

Today on Twitter @odannyboy and @russwilson were doing a quick back and forth about whether designers need to know how to build what it is they are designing for. In the conversation @odannyboy pointed to this well reasoned piece explaining the point of view that it is actually bad for ...

Mark Baskinger talks about drawing as an Interaction Designer

Found this great interview done by @JohnnyHolland of Mark Baskinger, Professor of Industrial Design & Interaction Design at Carnegie Mellon University. He talks beautiful about drawing and what value it gives the designer. Can't wait to reference this as part of my "secret sauce" workshop @UxLx next month in Lisbon. Check ...

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 ...

What is twitter anyway?

So just this week Dr. Linda Ciroco (@lindaciroco), the Director if Innovative Teaching & Learning asked me to speak to a great of faculty here at the Savannah College of Art & Design (@scaddotedu; and many more!). When confronted with this invitation, of course, I jumped at the opportunity. I mean ...

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 ...

Telling compelling narratives to create great design

A theme is brewing in my life as a designer and a design educator. As many of you know I'm teaching mostly undergraduates how to become great interaction designers. My classes tend to have some amount of overlap and so themes sometimes come out that jump out at me that ...

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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