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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

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 ...

Harley Davidson Car Design Challenge

What the heck. I'm looking for a new car. I always wanted a Harley. Why shouldn't Harley go into the car business. I mean if Honda and Suzuki can do it, why not Harley Davidson. Combining the brand appeal that is stronger than Mini, VW, and BMW with a larger ...

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 ...

Mark Baskinger talks about drawing as an Interaction Designer

Found this great interview done by @JohnnyHolland of Mark Baskinger, Professor of Industrial Design & Interaction Design at Carnegie Mellon University. He talks beautiful about drawing and what value it gives the designer. Can't wait to reference this as part of my "secret sauce" workshop @UxLx next month in Lisbon. Check ...

It will come … well, maybe

Finally got 2 seconds on my friend's iPad today. Can't walk into Best Buy because I don't trust myself. I played with it for maybe 5min tops and a lot of that time was with my little boy tuggin' at my sleeve saying, "What's this?" So this is by no ...

Why people who favor open systems are at a disadvantage?

It's not even an insurmountable disadvantage. Just a disadvantage. I go back and forth with my appreciation for and my disfavor of open systems. I believe that everyone has taken sides in the world. You either believe in government or you don't. That is to say, you believe that agencies can ...

The essence of Interaction Design

As part of a press release that was crafted by SCAD for the Interaction 10 | Savannah conference, i was asked for a quote (well a lot of quotes) and this one was put in there: “Interaction design is not the design of a medium but rather a philosophical shift in ...

10/GUI – re-thinking the multi-touch desktop

Watch This! before continuing: (It's an amazing video prototype that re-thinks multi-touch for the desktop.) 10/GUI from C. Miller on Vimeo. First Clayton, I'm incredibly impressed by this video. It shows an attention to detail in production value, theoretical analysis, and overall solutioneering that I know many can learn and be inspired ...

Why UX/UCD is not helpful any more … or is it?

It is so hard to not become a victim of our surroundings and this post is trying really hard to not do that. I have a pretty multi-facetted history; however, that history has been linear in its movement away from technology and towards design. Not that these are opposites, but they ...

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. ...

Interaction — The IxDA Conferences … Maturing 08 > 10

(I started this post over 3 months ago and finished it today. Sorry if it feels a tad disjointed, but I still like it. Hopefully you will gain some inspiration and motivation by it.) In 2008 I had the pleasure of co-chairing the first Interaction Design Association (IxDA) conference, Interaction 08 ...

Thin App pet peeve: Passing the buck

Through AIR, standard web and WebKit there has been a proliferation of applications whose data almost completely resides on the network and is accessed through a series of APIs. In many cases the elements that make up the GUI itself are also distributed over the network making them even thinner ...

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 ...

List of cultural assumption observations

On my flight from Oslo to Copenhagen, I started a list of cultural assumptions and moraes I observed throughout the last 10 days of my stay in Scandinavia. As a summary I've spend 3 days in Copenhagen, 2 days in Malmö, 3 days in Stockholm, and 2 days in Oslo. I ...

Intra-technological age (1/2 baked, but gotta get it out there)

I have had this idea in one shape or another for a few weeks now. It all started during the days of the heavy debates on the IAI and IxDA lists about the nature of our communities and the relevance if any to the term UX for me in particular ...

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 ...

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)

Following up on Honda’s Mobility 2088

So in case you missed it, I referenced rather quickly in my exuberance a video that Honda put together as part of their series of short videos that asks a host of "smart people" to consider what Mobility will look like in 2088. Here's the video for your reminder: So the ...

Why Comcast DVR Sucks! I mean REALLY sucks.

If you've been reading my blog, you know that recently relocated from Brooklyn, NY to Savannah, GA. With all relocations from one part of the world to another there are a ton of changes. Moving from NYC to Georgia is only 830 miles in distance but in many ways it ...

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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