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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

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

As Corona says, “Change your Latitude [Longitude]” – Travel is awesome.

Today I sparked a bit of a conversation after I tweeted: Everyone who is creative should move every 5-10 years; to minimally find a way to live somewhere else for a yr (sabbatical). http://twitter.com/daveixd/status/278919010391826432 Why do I put such importance on travel? What value does it give a creative person? And to the ...

Resources for the up & coming designer

This deck is a gift to the students I've been teaching (a pleasure at that) for the last week at the Politecnico di Milano to help them continue learning IxD topics after I'm long gone. Interaction Design Resources from David Malouf  

Teaching is a pre-req to learning

Today I entered my teaching space for the first time in months. This time I am just teaching for a week. And I'm teaching in a foreign country. This offers a new set of challenges and opportunities. So far the biggest challenge of being a visiting foreign instructor is about ...

Interaction13 Interaction Design Education Summit

I am excited to announce to you all that I'll be co-leading with Haig Armen (@haigarmen) the Interaction Design Education Summit as a full-day workshop on Jan 27th as part of the Interaction 13 conference in Toronto. Here's the official blurb: At almost every Interaction conference a group of individuals have met at some ...

Slides from my IxD Workshop at RemixSouth

I had a great time speaking and listening at RemixSouth this past weekend in Atlanta. So great to meet the people of the vibrant SE quadrant of the US who are doing great design and technology. Here are my slides from my workshop. Feel free to ask me any questions here ...

Fall speaking schedule (would love more!)

I thought I'd do a quick post letting people know where I'm going to be so they'll turn out and show some support and maybe just have a good learned time in the doing as well. Heartland Developer Conference - Sep 5-7 - Omaha, NE I'm doing two different talks on the ...

3 Steps to creativity – Wash, Rinse, Repeat (Get Flattered/Insulted)

... Or ... Work Hard, Rest, Repeat ... Criticism ... Repeat. This post was inspired by the recent piece by Scott Berkun, called "How to be creative - the short honest truth". In the post Scott, who has made it his life's work to observe and research how businesses, especially the ...

Dave in Print 2x in 1 week.

[Note: Clicking on the images in this article will bring up the full-sized images that I made available here. No image is larger than 7mb.] It's rare these days to find your words in ink on paper. I almost never have that opportunity, but I was invited last year to be ...

Modkit Micro looks amazing!

Modkit is a drag & drop visual programming tool for micro-controllers like Arduino. They've decided to run it as a Kickstarter and are already above their goal. This looks just like what I needed. Now I just need a great Arduino project to practice with. I also really appreciate the community and ...

Get from 0 to 1 (Zee Frank) – Be Courageous!

I've heard about Zee Frank (mostly from my close friend @barryjoseph) but I've never had any personal encounters with him or what he does, so I've alway slet it slide. Yesterday a twitter follower, @mkruzeniski (Michael Kruzeniski), passed to me this great piece to help me get through a creative ...

CIID Summer School 2012 – GO FOR IT!

I want to give a HUGE shout out to the CIID Summer School program that just opened up its application process. Last year I had the honor of being able to do 2 of the 3 wk program. I wanted to do all 3 but they wouldn't let me. I cam ...

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Being able to take abstract direction is a key to being a great designer. True or False

I've been teaching design now for a bit over 3 years. By teaching I mean in a higher-ed institution. I've been doing design for close to 20 years. I feel it makes me a bit of an expert in the field. But even experts have questions from time to time ...

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 ...

Artifacts from my Interaction12 experience

Just so everything is in one place here are the artifacts from my experience and contribution at Interaction12 in Dublin. Fun stuff first Here are the 2 photo albums of my trip before the conference and during the conference. Fun times, indeed! Pictures from my trip to Western Ireland Pictures from the Workshop Day ...

Reflection and Grit: Design School’s 2-prong Creativity Factory

Recently I had the good fortune to here Jonah Lehrer (@jonahlehrer) give a wonderful keynote talk here at SCAD (@scaddotedu). He talk I can only assume will be part of his upcoming book, Imagine. There were two core subjects of his talk that struck me as valuable descriptors of how design ...

February 19th 2015
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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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