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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

Intention vs. Thoughtfulness … or … Design vs. Good Design

This week a colleague of mine challenged me to tell him if I can (and if so how can I) tell the difference between something that was designed and something that wasn't. Of course, the real answer is that I can't 100% of the time be right, but standing in the ...

Finally! Video of my Interaction12 Presentation on Mobile & Aesthetics

I'm really excited that the video of my talk on designing gestures with an eye to aesthetics is finally up and about. The complete title is "The Aesthetics of Motion in the Age of Natural User Interfaces" but it's really about how to think about designing for gestures as the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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. ...

A reponse to Jon & Other thoughts on IDSA (the conference & the org)

This morning [I started this on Sunday & finished it on Tuesday], very early, I had a chance to read Jon Kolko's thoughts on IDSA. Just this week I wrote some thoughts of my own on the topic and much of what Jon states compliments my own analysis in that ...

Interaction Design 101 – The Twitter Client – Starting up

(an experiment in open source design and interaction design education) Introduction What I'm about to start is a huge project. I won't be doing it alone (at least not for long, 1 way or another). I want to create a series of tutorials that take on the multiple facets that lead to ...

15 new videos posted from @Interaction09 – including MINE!

So finally after 3 months of waiting the next large chunk of vids are up on line via Library.IxDA.org. My faves include: ME! - Foundations of Interaction Design Jared Spool & Friends: Hiring the next generation of interaction designers (at around the 46min mark you can see me causing a ruckus during Q&A. It's ...

Business to Buttons: Malmö, Sweden (see you there?)

So today I went to http://businesstobuttons.com/ and finally saw the new updated site for this year's conference. There are a few European conferences that year after year get a special mix of presenters and workshop leaders and THIS one always had my attention. More than Shift or Lift, I have ...

My slides from Interaction 09 | Vancouver

Here are my slides from my two pieces from Interaction 09 | Vancouver. Interaction09 Foundations Of Interaction Design View more presentations from David Malouf. (tags: interactiondesign ixd) ... and ... Interaction 09 Introduction to Interaction Design View more presentations from David Malouf. (tags: ixd ixd09)

It just feels like it should have always existed

I listen to music all the time. (It stops the voices.) But I have had this recurring them in my head. The songs I truly love just feel like air. Like they are part of the landscape, like a natural emergence. And while technologically based interaction design is relatively new compared ...

Encouraging [blank] Taking an aesthetic idea from architecture and bringing it to IxD.

Often in my reading of design literature I come across the phrase encouraging , especially in architecture. Recently, I was reading BusinessWeeks Architecture Awards selection and a few times I read that phrase. Whether it be encouraging creativity, encouraging collaboration, encouraging productivity, etc. This use of the term encouraging to discuss ...

Does “ugly” mean no design?

The question of ugly design has been haunting me for a few weeks now. Well, the blank space in my blog is what has really been haunting me all this time, and this topic was approached to me at the beginning of my blog blackout and it hasnt left me. Recently ...

Finally! someone gets it! Aesthetics of IxD

Don Norman recently put up a post entitled, "Emotionally-centered design". In it he hypothesizes about the recent glut of Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) and why they seem to be so loved. The immediacy of response is both fun and useful. The fluidity of graphics is engaging. These are visceral experiences: viscerally ...

Commuter Thought – aesthetics of familiarity

As I was walking to the subway today listening to my iPod, I noticed that in a Phish song I barely ever listen to, a familiarity to the pedal setting of at least one of the guitar players. Then I thought about other great musicians and at least for some ...

Aesthetics and Interaction Design: Preliminary Thoughts

The included PDF documented is a scan of the article that I published in "", a journal published by ACM's SIGCHI. Enjoy! Aesthetics and Interaction Design

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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