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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

Contextual Design on Interaction-Design.org

Wow! another amazing chapter has been released about Contextual Design by the authors of the book with the same name. As someone who used this book for 3 years teaching contextual research methods, this chapter is very welcome in that it has updated the core since that release and consolidates ...

Breaking down Interaction Design Practice

Recently, I was teaching my students about the history and present of interaction design practice. I tend to be a seat of the pants at the whiteboard type of professor. I know the things I tend to want to say, but I let the moment & my students take me ...

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 ...

Adobe MAX Thoughts – Day 2

I would say, today was day of the developer on so many levels for me. The keynote today was all about developers so much so that Fireworks (my favorite design tool for UI Design) got 30seconds of mention because now you can do something neato for jQuery. I did see a ...

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 ...

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 ...

Step 2 of Future of Design Education

Well here is my first crack at my take on the future of design education. Let me know what you think. (Part 1 was posted earlier.) Please leave comments here! You can also go to the Google Doc.

Design guild studios?

You may have noticed that I've been thinking about education lately. I do like teaching, but often wish both for myself and my students that education and practice were as purposefully integrated for design as education and research is for other academic disciplines. So I posited the following tweet: "Wishing there ...

Tell Me the Future of Design Education

I am honored to have been invited to participate in a project to come up with a manifesto on the future of design education. ICOGRADA, which is the international organization representing Visual Design in the International Design Alliance, is leading this effort, based on their first attempt 10 years ago. ...

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. ...

@twitter for Mac: Just a light widget. Where’s the desktop client I wanted?

I've read a few critiques of the @Twitter for Mac client. I think Dan Saffer's is probably the best and most comprehensive. I will say that while I get the nits that Dan is making, I'm not sure I'm as critical of them. I think my problems are around my ...

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 ...

“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 ...

Higher Ed: It’s never just been about educating people

Today Bill Gates at the new Techonomy conference (which looks like an amazing event/organization) suggested that In Five Years The Best Education Will Come From The Web. It is a great read via @techcrunch who have been covering this conference really well. But reading this and listening to the Gov. of ...

Designing without introspection…Huh?

I got back from @uxlx this week. My write up of the conference will be @johnnyholland later this week. The conference was quite excellent. The diversity and quality of attendees and speakers felt unprecedented to me which combined with the venue and surrounding city made for a wonderful event. What I ...

Interaction Design “Documentary” from Dundee, Scotland

A very interesting take on where IxD is from a Greek in Scotland.

It’s not really a page any more, but more of a stage

[This is the second part in a continuing series about UI Design. Catch the 1st part here!] Storytelling has been huge of late. Many people have been talking about storytelling and creating narratives as a core competency and practice for good interaction design. Some have gone so far as to say ...

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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