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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

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 ...

Artifacts from my Interaction12 experience

Just so everything is in one place here are the artifacts from my experience and contribution at Interaction12 in Dublin. Fun stuff first Here are the 2 photo albums of my trip before the conference and during the conference. Fun times, indeed! Pictures from my trip to Western Ireland Pictures from the Workshop Day ...

Great Post on Emotional Design

One of my new favorite resources on the web is Interaction-Design.org. Their growing Encyclopedia (more compendium) has an entry that plays right in my interests: Emotional Design - or Affective Computing. (post is here) Check out the intro video with the author Professor Kristina Höök.  

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 ...

Alternative IxD to QR Codes

Hiya readers, I'm assuming you all know what a QR code is. If not, go to wikipedia and search it. I have been in a bunch of debates about the value of QRs and whether they are good IxD. I'm not here to do that again. What I am interested in if ...

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 ...

Facebook and Google (well specifically Google +) psst! Over here … Port 343 … Shhh!

[In the spirt of Jon Stewarts refrain of the NJ Accented advice counselor that always invites wayward media and political people to camera 3, I offer this ...] Ok, we get it. There is a huge challenge facing the people using social networks like your applications today. Totally get it. 5-1 ...

My 1st SxSWi panel submission. Vote for me!

Help me! I want to go to Austin

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 ...

Please Google, Disrupt Me.

Maybe I'm just a little overly inspired by @lukegwilliams. Maybe it is that I'm just an annoying troll. Maybe I just don't get it and it seems that peers of mine feel the same (many of my peers don't feel the same). What am I talking about? I'm talking about the ...

It’s not about building a team … It’s about skills supported by culture

Today I posted the below on a LinkedIn discussion thread about what makes a great interactive team. Here is my response slightly edited. I'll take a diff approach. You don't need an "interactive" team at all. What you need first above all else is an organization in all areas from the ...

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. ...

Directing the grand improv

I came back from Brazil about a week ago. My time there was really great! Pictures of architecture, fruit and people can be found on flickr. The Interaction South America conference (my reason for the trip) was really great. Érico Fileno (@efileno) led a wonderful team of organizers to great ...

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 ...

How much do we need to know?

So recently I was introduced to the new Samsung Windows Phone 7. As a huge iPhone zealot I was obviously under impressed. Well, that's not entirely accurate. I was impressed with how utterly different it is from all it's rivals. The amount of creative energy it took to conceive of ...

I’m a UX Storyteller

Through the amazing effort of @iatv (aka Jan Jursa), 42 great UX Professionals of whom I'm honored to be included, get to tell their many diverse stories as life as a UX Pro. Check it out! You can learn more at http://uxstorytellers.blogspot.com/

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 ...

Lets face it, we are visual communicators …

Today I was pointed to a blog post by an IxD (@jseiden) questioning the need for visual design skills. Below is more answer. Seriously, give it up, you need to work on your drawing skills, or at least your envisioning skills. You want to work on behavioral systems then you have to design ...

OMG! My behavior is changing, my behavior is changing

So here I am on my first week of having an iPad sitting in bed next to my wife who is already asleep while I am reading a book ... HOLD IT RIGHT THERE PEOPLE ... I do not like to read books. Really I don't. Makes my occupation of being ...

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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