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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

Designers are the enemy of Design — really?

Bruce Nussbaum from BusinessWeek published a talk he gave at the Parsons School of Design this past week. Are designers really the problem? Sounds like scapegoating to me. In it he states that designers need to move away from "designing for" to "designing with". Create tools that allow them to design ...

Design Schools: Please Start Teaching Design Again

Dan Saffer nails it about what Design schools SHOULD be doing. I do think Pratt from my experience is doing the right thing. Dan, take a look at their ID program. It is all about doing. Their 1st year is a workshop in foundations of ID that dates back to ...

The human factor in gadget, Web design | CNET News.com

C|Net tries really hard to get UX, but doesn't quite. I find this article so interesting. Here is supposedly an org that led the UX experience with its Builder.com conferences in the late 90's writing an article about UX Design as if no one has ever heard of it before. ...

No Accounting For Design?

In this recent article about ROI of Design in Fast Company, we learn how Whirlpool is attempting to monetize design. I find the method really interesting. They basically use evaluation methods which one might find to evaluate an advertising campaign (something those design companies have been doing for decades) and applying ...

Ok, Where have I been? Where am I going?

I haven't been around for awhile, traveling from Tel Aviv, Israel to Monterey, CA, for business and for fun, so I thought I'd share a bit of where I've been and also take this opportunity to tell people what I'll be up to the rest of this quarter. For the post ...

For those of you NOT at Yahoo, Google, or a design consultancy – hope exists for innies

I am now in the middle of my 4th week at my new position at Symbol Technologies and I couldnt be happier than a pig in sh*t and I really feel compelled to tell you all why, as I believe many of you are in current positions very similar to ...

Design in 2006

2006 by David Armano and his readers David Armanom, of Logic+Emotion fame, put together a great presentation of what 2006 was all about from an Experience Design perspective. Enjoy! You can look at the presentation above and also read the intro article (also available in PDF). Oh! and I'm one of the many ...

A response to Peter Morville’s “IA 3.0”

A response to Peter Morville's article, "Information Architecture 3.0". There has been a lot of talk of the demise of IA due to various factors: Joshua Porter calls for the demise of IA based on HIS focus of social network software in how "relationships" actually trump "information" as the primary axis of ...

UIE Brain Sparks – Blog Archive – World Usability Day: Is It Harmful to Usability Practitioners?

In his latest Brain Spark, Jared posits that it is maybe not so good to put such a strong focus on "usability", when what we really need is good DESIGN!!! Thank you Jared!

Follow-up to “Web Design is 95% Typography”

In October I sent a shout-out to an article entitled "Web Design is 95% Typography". Here I point you all to the part 2, that answers a lot of people's comments and questions. The part 2 is a good read as well. When are designers going to finally spend more time on ...

Web design is 95% typography

Just sharing a great article I found on Digg about Web Design. I for one truly believe that typography is a key element of interface design that goes sorely neglected. Any way you can focus on "clarity", you will also receive a strong notch up on ease of use and engagement.

Over the wall 2-stage design: What?

So last night Dan Saffer of Adaptive Path gave a solid talk for the NYC IxDA monthly event and even demonstrated through exercise about the need for us to change the ways we communicate our designs. At the end of the talk someone asked about how the methods he was ...

Design Research != User Research

All the world today is in a panic about "Innovation" and how "Design Thinking" is the cure all for all of business woas; especially those businesses trying to stay afloat in this rapid idea reproduction economy. I think this is GREAT! I believe that design thinking as a description of ...

Information Architecture beyond the usual suspects.

Talk about timing ... as Peter Merholz posts this rash in accurrate generalization i was about to post something completely to the contrary. Thanx for the push, Peter. While I think the examples of Libraries and Museums are clear and precise to what Peter is alluding to: truly embracing cross-channel and cross-media ...

Logic Emotion: Creating Compassionate Designers

David Armano of Digitas gives a great 4-point program for how to become a more compassionate designer. Budget not required. Since I don't think I've ever pointed to David's blog before, I want to take this opp to tell everyone how great this blog is--Logic+Emotion. It covers aspects of Brand, Marketing ...

Customer Experience Innies? Where are you?

Besides the Apple example (and I'm not REALLY sure of that one) are there any internal people who are doing customer experience design? What is an innie? An innie is someone who is a salaried employee of a product producing organization. This is obviously vs. an outtie who usually works for an ...

Why Digg?

I use Digg (Digg is a social news/content site) religiously, but for the life of me I can't figure out how it works. I love Digg. It generally is an easy way for me to get access to stuff that I wouldn't normally see. Most of it is "a waste ...

More on Google vs. Yahoo Maps

C|Net ran an interesting strategic planning article and its effect on design choices while looking at Yahoo and Google maps. The underlying premise of the article is that on one side you have a group that is just building new products in a hurry to just see where they land and ...

expediancy vs. efficiency | speed vs. agility

These pairs of pairs are really related to a problem facing the design and software engineering communities right now. They are all too often used as synonyms when in fact they are far from it. I find as I write an article like this, I am not saying anything new, ...

“Design Vision” – A conversation by 4 designers

Design Vision The beginning of 2006 a group of 4 pretty awesome designers got together and published a virtual conversation on their mutual blogs. Luke Wroblewski, Jim Leftwitch, Dirk Knemeyer, and Bob Baxley (in reverse alphabetical order, b/c Luke is almost always mentioned last otherwise) represent very different backgrounds sometimes within ...

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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