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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

Telling compelling narratives to create great design

A theme is brewing in my life as a designer and a design educator. As many of you know I'm teaching mostly undergraduates how to become great interaction designers. My classes tend to have some amount of overlap and so themes sometimes come out that jump out at me that ...

Survey: Titles for Interaction Design Education

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A great example of sketch presentation design using narrative

Kudos to the Cooper folks for presenting thier Commuter Buddy "Drawing Board". What a great example of a very quick slide/cast (basically). The Drawing Board: Commuter Buddy from Cooper Journal on Vimeo. The use of whiteboard wireframe images with quick shot photography (some even repeated) and then drawn on for UI'less design, ...

Introduction to Interaction Design: An interview with Dave Malouf

I had the honor of having an email interview with the brilliant Will Evans of Semantic Foundry. The fine folks over at JohnnyHolland.org published the interview for us. The interview is just a personal one, but is a series of interviews that Will and some others are putting together, highlighting speakers ...

Workshop offerings this summer

This summer (July - Sept), I'm looking to do 1 of the workshops I teach. If you or someone you know would be interested in organizing said workshops please let me know. I'm willing to travel most anywhere in NA provided expenses are covered and the total event meets some ...

Sir. Ken Robinson on education & creativity (TED2006)

I first heard this presentation at Connecting2007.org. It was my favorite for oh so many reasons. One of the best presenters without slides it caused me to think deeply about the practice of presentation and storytelling and teaching, but more importantly his topic hit home deeply as I've often been ...

What’s in your [reading list]?

Here are the list of readings I've assembled for my Interactive Product Design (IACT 317) class I'm teaching this coming quarter at SCAD. (Link to the list of classes offered in the Interaction Design Minor.)  Before I throw the list at you, you should all realize that the class in question ...

So you say you don’t know where to start in Interaction Design …

A week or so ago, I explained to people why I'm so excited about the 2nd annual IxDA conference, Interaction 09 | Vancouver. In that post, I said that my workshop (not my talk), Introduction to Interaction Design might be cancelled due to lack of registration/interest. I got one or two ...

Where is IxD in 2008? Where is it going – NYC IxDA

Last night (12/10/2008) I had the honor of facilitating a panel with the brilliant duo of Ted Booth (Dir. of IxD @ Smart Design) and Jennifer Bove (VP of IxD @ HUGE) for NYC IxDA. The panel was more of a town hall with the overwhelming crowd of 200 peeps who ...

Transition

Moving from industry to education; from deep/big urban to small town; and I'm sure many more. My life is now filled with some pretty big transitions. It seems I am a soul in transition. I don't think i have gone more than 3 years without some major transition going on in ...

Sketching for Interaction Design – Still happening – 10/29

Though the first attempt didn't take, there has been strong support for a take 2. I really want to teach this special workshop on Sketching for IxD and I hope you can make it -- now on Oct 29th. Victor of SmartExperience.org and I had a hard time canceling the class, ...

SmartExperience.org … rockin’ UX continuing ed.

I had my last of 6 classes of my Interaction Design of Web Applications studio workshop that I taught through Victor Lombardi's SmartExperience.org. It was a great experience of teaching and learning on my part and it seems that my students also enjoyed themselves. For those that don't know, SmartExperience.org is ...

Career path – knowing what you need

Recently, I've hit a situation where I had to really think about my current skills and my current abilities in terms of my career and I think I have some lessons learned for folks. Background At my current employer, Motorola Enterprise Mobility, my boss left. All for good reasons and under good ...

Comics Templates form Sun.com

Sun has released a template of comics scenes and a character avatar to use for comic creation. I'd like to take this opportunity to just say that since I've been at Motorola Enterprise Mobility, I have fallen in love with comics as an amazing design exploration and communication tool. They are ...

IxD New York City Style – event report back

Last night, Nov. 29, 2005, the local New York City IxDA group had an event entitled, "IxD NYC Style!". Five panelists representing fairly different types of user experience environments came together in the JPMorgan Chase building in Midtown (Thank you JPMC!!!) in front of 100 attendees. The event displayed in high ...

IA Summit: the Future of the summit

The summit is a great success. As someone on the planning committee I feel partially responsible, but I also feel that so much of the success is because if the planning committee lead, Stacy Surla (yeah!!!! Stacy!). Many things went exceedingly well for this conference because of her great ideas. ...

What are the properties of a UX design cirriculum, Pt. 1

I was inspired by the Boxes and Arrows article by Jason Withow, which is a cases study of the creation of a cirriculum for User Experience Design. While Jason made his cirriculum for a specitic environment, my response to it was one of an ideal. What struck me in reading his ...

Can there be affordance or convention in the 2D world, digital world?

So there are just somethings we know how to do. We know ... well we learned in such a way that we can't even remember that we learned. Walking, talking, knowing that cold is supposed to be on the right, and hot on the left (this might be a USism, ...

IDSA Virtual Seminar Series

As printed on the IDSA.org site. Industry's Top Thinkers Present Online Virtual Seminars Speakers will teach and inspire. This all-new virtual seminar series spotlighting design's hottest issues brings the world's top strategic thinkers right into your office. Each month, a presentation will be delivered directly to your desktop through Microsoft Live Meeting technology. ...

Why go and how to choose a UX grad program

Hey there folks, I just posted something to another blog and thought people might like a pointer to it. The comment is in response to a posting about whether grad school is worth it and choosing a proper program. In general, OK-Cancel, just rocks, but I really liked this article ...

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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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