–Engage

“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

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. ...

In search of opportunities

I am very interested in learning about opportunities where I can learn, design and teach this coming summer. As a professor, I have 16wks off during the summer. As a professor, I am also severely underpaid and need to find ways to supplement my income. I've added to my site a ...

The state of IxD: Diverging

Today, Core77 published my latest article on the current state of IxD and why it will impact your practice. I would really love people to use it as a point of conversation as I believe this moment of division is a powerful time as we can do so much with these ...

Emergency Announcement System – EAS

Today was the first National Emergency Announcement System test. We're all familiar with the EAS system. It is what tells us about the imminent hurricane or tornado heading our way, or when there is a Northeaster. Today for the first time there was a national test. That means that if ...

Observation as skill

Hi, I recently had a talk rejected from IxDA's Interaction 12 | Dublin conference. I'm far from bitter about it. (Mainly because I have a longer talk and a workshop accepted.) But I kinda liked the idea, or at least the premise behind it. I even had the chance to explore it ...

What makes a great IxD student

After teaching almost 3 years now and after conversations with co-teachers I have determined that there are 7 key attributes that make a great IxD student/designer: (aren't we students forever?) 1. Tinkerer: A passion for making of course, but more importantly a love for fussin' around to discover new possibilities through ...

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 ...

My 1st SxSWi panel submission. Vote for me!

Help me! I want to go to Austin

Thoughts on CIID Summer School

For the last 2+ weeks I have traded in my teacher's podium for a student's seat in the studio. I was a student at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID) Summer School. Computational Design [caption id="attachment_2041" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Click to see my collection of screens"][/caption] My first week was spent in a ...

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 ...

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 ...

It’s not about building a team … It’s about skills supported by culture

Today I posted the below on a LinkedIn discussion thread about what makes a great interactive team. Here is my response slightly edited. I'll take a diff approach. You don't need an "interactive" team at all. What you need first above all else is an organization in all areas from the ...

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 ...

Evolution as a metaphor for technology & design relationship

First, let's understand something. Evolution as Darwin and Wallace proposed it is not exactly as we understand it today. But using their model is as good as anything when you want to create a metaphor for something else. In this case that something else is a technological change & adoption. A ...

Vote for me (not SxSW) for MIX11! x2

I am honored to have 2 of my talks up for voting for the "Open Call" for the Microsoft MIX11 conference. I have always heard wonderful things about this event from attendees and know that the only way I'd ever get to go is to put p some great talks. ...

“There is no [IxD]” –Neo

Last weekend I gave a talk to a group of non-designers. It's been awhile since I did that so it was a chance to flex some thinking muscles on identity and definition issues I've been exercising over the last few weeks (well since Interaction South America) in December. First here is ...

The Interaction Design (IxD) of a Sugar Dispenser

When I was in Brazil I had some wonderful conversations with Jonas Löwgren. It was so fortuitous that we finally meet after conversing and collaborating across the miles so far away from both of our homes. We were sitting at breakfast 1 morning talking about interaction design (that was every morning) ...

Directing the grand improv

I came back from Brazil about a week ago. My time there was really great! Pictures of architecture, fruit and people can be found on flickr. The Interaction South America conference (my reason for the trip) was really great. Érico Fileno (@efileno) led a wonderful team of organizers to great ...

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 ...

Education for Design for Life

Below is the slide deck (on slideshare.net) for my keynote presentation at Interaction South America in Curitiba, BR. It seemed to be well receive. It was video taped and you might have been lucky to see the live web cast, but if not I'm told the video will be replaced ...

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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