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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

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. ...

@twitter for Mac: Just a light widget. Where’s the desktop client I wanted?

I've read a few critiques of the @Twitter for Mac client. I think Dan Saffer's is probably the best and most comprehensive. I will say that while I get the nits that Dan is making, I'm not sure I'm as critical of them. I think my problems are around my ...

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 ...

2 core attributes of RIAs

In looking at my upcoming workshop on RIAs and IxD I thought I'd write a bit about defining an RIA in terms of user experience but also technology (sometimes they are inseparable). The Page "There is no [page]." -- Neo What Neo had to figure out in "The Matrix" (I can't believe you haven't ...

[RANT] No longer an Expression Blend fan boy

What proceeds is my rant after dealing with Blend for the last year. As in many rants there is some emotion that leads to misinformation, but the bulk of the message has a huge kernel of truth. The short of it is that Expression Studio and specifically Expression Blend even ...

Buzzword vs. Google Docs

If this was just about ONLY writing docs, Buzzword is the best online rich internet app for composing documents I have used to date. Let's just start there. The level of graphical presentation, fluid transitions, great communication design, wondering discovery of advanced features, paper centric features, amazing spell check (yup, they ...

RIA? – Who cares?

I mean really? It's been almost 3 years since Jesse James Garrett coined the term AJAX (even longer since Macromedia [now Adobe] started using the term RIA itself) and in so doing set us off on our parade down RIA lane. ... Why is htis still considered a separate area ...

Comcast picks Zimbra for online e-mail – Huge Vote for Open Source & AJAX RIAs

Comcast's use of Zimbra for their messaging and collaboration center is a huge vote of confidence in both Open Source Software and RIAs. I'm not sure what it really means globally. It could just be a fluke of 1 company doing everything right, but if I was looking at RIAs for ...

IxDA Symposium @ the IA Summit — My Slides

Here are my slides for my IxDA Symposium 1/2 day workshop on Designing RIAs while learning IxD. Man! it was hard to do this in a 1/2 day. I hope my students were forgiving. I had fun teaching it though. Great interactive group! Get the presentation at Slideshare.net

Elephants and Evolution – How the Landscape is Changing for Google, Microsoft, Mozilla and Adobe

I like the "elephant in the room" metaphor of this discussion of the changing landscape of application distribution models and development systems. Something any Web/Desktop software designer should be aware of. This Blog post on Read/Write Web highlights some of the good elephants that you shouldn't be ignoring.

Introducing Slideshare

Slideshare.net is a beta site (invitation only) that allows people to share easily their presentations with others. Tag them, for others to relate and thus find them, and then present it. It converts from MS PPT and other presentation software into Flash so that the animations are clickthroughs are retained. You ...

February 19th 2015
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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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