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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

How much do we need to know?

So recently I was introduced to the new Samsung Windows Phone 7. As a huge iPhone zealot I was obviously under impressed. Well, that's not entirely accurate. I was impressed with how utterly different it is from all it's rivals. The amount of creative energy it took to conceive of ...

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/

“Active Observation” … huh?

After teaching design research the last 2 years, I realized that our language in my teaching of the course (which I inherited upon my arrival) was filled with branded terminology and even used branded literature as the basis for teaching. While I appreciate the work of these brands (I'm not ...

UI POV: Actor or Augmentation

Today I was doing a bit of moonlighting of a fun project a former colleague has graciously asked me to work on with him. I love these opportunities and I welcome them (hint, hint). It helps me stay connected to practice. During the design phase a conversation ensued about the use ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Be a human company before you become social

Social networking, media and marketing are all the rage these days. There are many great examples of organizations that are using these tools to re-create themselves as true social engineered businesses and kudos to them. What I've noticed though is too many organizations are jumping into this realm hoping that it ...

Continued thoughts on open systems

Ok, I admit it. My last piece on "open systems" was a tad narrow and not thought through. Thanx Tom & Jorge for helping to set me straight. Well, maybe not straight, but straighter. Here's what I'm thinking at this point: 1. Open vs. Closed is a pretty good ying-yang continuum and not ...

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 ...

Why people who favor open systems are at a disadvantage?

It's not even an insurmountable disadvantage. Just a disadvantage. I go back and forth with my appreciation for and my disfavor of open systems. I believe that everyone has taken sides in the world. You either believe in government or you don't. That is to say, you believe that agencies can ...

Meaning: Semiotics

In my last piece, I discussed an important part of design education which is lessons in humanities especially rhetoric and comparative literature. I discussed the importance of frames as well as narrative. But it doesn't end there. These concepts--frames and narrative--are just tools for something bigger, which is meaning. As human ...

Design is for humans and so we learn the humanities

[Continuing my series on design education] I feel blessed to have come to design in a serpentine path. I came to be a designer after being an anthropologist. Not only did I get the obvious dose of social sciences like anthropology, sociology and psychology, but I got a strong does of ...

Art: A cornerstone of design education

Continuing what is now becoming a series I want to talk about the importance of Art and add a well rounded Art education inclusive of fine arts, art history and art criticism as part of any solid design education. 15. Art: Expression, craft, context & criticism Design's history comes from the arts. ...

Creating knowledge: Is there only 1 home?

Recently I posted a bit about design education. I realized this evening that the 13 points that I made in that post were very one sided. They are sided heavily on the vocational requirements of design education. I even go so far as to say in #13 that design is ...

Education & early Career Development on JohnnyHolland.org

I've been resistant to publish stuff here that says, look over here for something I've said. But this piece in particular is something I put a lot of attention on and struggled about whether or not it should be published elsewhere or on my blog. As I've been teaching this past ...

The essence of Interaction Design

As part of a press release that was crafted by SCAD for the Interaction 10 | Savannah conference, i was asked for a quote (well a lot of quotes) and this one was put in there: “Interaction design is not the design of a medium but rather a philosophical shift in ...

Why UX/UCD is not helpful any more … or is it?

It is so hard to not become a victim of our surroundings and this post is trying really hard to not do that. I have a pretty multi-facetted history; however, that history has been linear in its movement away from technology and towards design. Not that these are opposites, but they ...

sussin’ out my design frame

Today I was working on my workshop for prospective high school students who are interested in SCAD (@scaddotedu). The workshop is a 2.5 hour interactive, hands-on, intensive extravaganza. So I'm using as a base my 1/2 day workshop that I did as part of Interaction 09 as an Intro to IxD. ...

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 ...

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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