–Engage

“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

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 ...

Why separate contexts into distinct views?

[This is going to be a 2 part piece discussing first why designing for contexts of use is so important by analyzing kayak.com as a great example. Then part two is going to ask for a new metaphor to be be used to describe this type of design across a ...

Summer camp for a professor = consulting

This summer I need to go to camp. Yup. Like the young school teachers who turned camp counselors over the summer, I too need a job. So let me talk a little bit about what I can do for y'all. Remotely: Do Interaction Design work. UI Design work on web, software, embedded and ...

Designing Web Interfaces

Bill Scott, a former co-workshop leader of mine and Theresa Neil have written an O'Reilly book called "Designing Web Interfaces: Principles & Patterns in Rich Interaction". If you want to get a taste of this fine book before buying this presentation should do it for you: Designing Web Interfaces Book - O'Reilly ...

Podcast: Designing Powerful and Interactive Web Applications, an interview with David Malouf and Bill Scott

Listen to the podcast interview of my partner in AJAX Design Crime, Bill Scott (Yahoo!) and me answer some great questions from the likes of Jared Spool and Joshua Porter of UIE and Bokardo fame, come and listen to this podcast. Hopefully it will give you just a taste of ...

IBM’s “Mastering AJAX” Series

Well, I should put my money where my mouth is. I told about 250+ people this week that they should learn to code to better communicate their designs to engineers. Well, this resource came my way from the deverloperWorks @ IBM: Mastering AJAX. So far there are 7 parts available. I ...

Access Matters – Today’s AJAX and DHTML Best Practices

I think about 4 times people asked about Accessibility when I was at UI11 this past week presenting a workshop and short talk about designing AJAX and other RIAs. It just so happens that today, Access Matters, an Accessibility Blog, posted this timely article about AJAX and making it work ...

The coming RIA Wars – ZDNet explores AJAX options

Enterprise Web 2.0 is a good blog for those interested in the business2business side of Web 2.0. How will these trends in technology and processes and relationships work their way from the masses to the enterprise. In a recent article entitled, The Coming RIA Wars the author, Dion Hinchcliffe, explores ...

SXSW Interactive Panel Picker (Nice use of AJAX)

South by (x) SouthWest (SXSW) Interactive is asking for help with their panel selection process and created a great AJAX based voting system to do it. I got a chance to do it Voting for some excellent panels by BJ Fogg, Luke Wroblewski, and Peter Merholz to name a few and ...

My UITips interview with Joshua Porter

Today my interview with Joshua Porter (AKA Bokardo) came out as part of the UITips Newsletter put out by User Interface Engineers. The topic is RIAs and AJAX. This interview is a way to give people insights into how I think about designing RIAs and AJAX applications. If they want to ...

Why AJAX & Web 2.0 now

Here are a few reasons why I feel AJAX is such a timely event and why it matters? No more Netscape 4.x - Now that the browsers are closer to on par with each other and older browsers are less of a concern. Without having to worry so much about degrading ...

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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