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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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Why It’s Not Damning to Define the Thing

This was originally published by ACM Interactions magazine in their May-June, 2013 Edition as part of their Confessions column. I re-print it here with their permission as columns like these are not made available to the public as a whole. Thank you ACM for allowing me to do this. Why It's ...

Today Johnny Holland says Goodbye and I am sad & grateful

Today Johnny Holland, the amazing Interaction Design online magazine says goodbye. This news makes me feel both sad and grateful. Johnny Holland (JH) has been a rare place that allowed me to include my voice where other magazines rejected the types of topics I was interested in discussing: esoteric, foundational, semantic, ...

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 ...

Why you should Sponsor Interaction 13 (#ixd13)

To all my designer friends: Is your company recruiting designers? Will they be in 2013? Did you know that the best way to get on the radar screen of the best potential recruits is to have a booth at Interaction 13? Why you ask? Because those that come to Interaction conferences cross all ...

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 ...

Describing my consulting practice. Opinions welcome.

I've been thinking about how to market my consulting practice better (yes, I know it needs it's own voice outside of this space.) I've been trying to describe all weekend to people at RemixSouth what I want to be doing and I think I've been getting better at it. So ...

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 ...

They actually did it behind my back! (New EBS system for Wireless Phones to be released)

So late last year I had an epiphany. I'm barely ever watching standard TV anymore. But I live in a place that has a ton (compared to Brooklyn; my previous residence) of EAS announcements come over my TV screen. I'm on the Internet usually: Apple TV, Netflix, Hulu, etc. So ...

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 ...

What are the characteristics of good interaction design

[This is a response to the question on Quora, "What are the characteristics of good interaction design?"] THAT is a great question and I don't think anyone has truly answered it from all the intricate points of view that go into the making of a a fantastic interaction. The area that I ...

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 ...

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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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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