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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

Being able to take abstract direction is a key to being a great designer. True or False

I've been teaching design now for a bit over 3 years. By teaching I mean in a higher-ed institution. I've been doing design for close to 20 years. I feel it makes me a bit of an expert in the field. But even experts have questions from time to time ...

Is “the server” beyond the app?

This will be a short post. ... Recently there has been a lot of hoopla about privacy especially around the recent "breech of trust" by one of my favorite apps, Path. I'm one of the people and looking at my Path stream I'm not alone, who seemed to just not care. ...

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 ...

The state of IxD: Diverging

Today, Core77 published my latest article on the current state of IxD and why it will impact your practice. I would really love people to use it as a point of conversation as I believe this moment of division is a powerful time as we can do so much with these ...

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.  

Intteraction-design.org continues with amazing Philosophy of Interaction Design piece

This article by Dag Svanaes of Norwegian University of Science and Technology on Philosophy of Interaction Design is just great DTDT of IxD Porn that I find incredible. What I love even more is Don Norman's commentary pushing Dag to take his theories and presentation to the next level. This is must read ...

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 ...

Breaking down Interaction Design Practice

Recently, I was teaching my students about the history and present of interaction design practice. I tend to be a seat of the pants at the whiteboard type of professor. I know the things I tend to want to say, but I let the moment & my students take me ...

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Social Computing on interaction-design.org (preview)

I'm really excited to be able to get to share a preview of the next great entry into the new format of Interaction-Design.org's exciting encyclopedia. A sort of disclaimer here is that I have been on  the advisory board of this new venture, which has been a tremendous honor and ...

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 ...

What makes a great IxD student

After teaching almost 3 years now and after conversations with co-teachers I have determined that there are 7 key attributes that make a great IxD student/designer: (aren't we students forever?) 1. Tinkerer: A passion for making of course, but more importantly a love for fussin' around to discover new possibilities through ...

Adobe MAX Thoughts – Day 2

I would say, today was day of the developer on so many levels for me. The keynote today was all about developers so much so that Fireworks (my favorite design tool for UI Design) got 30seconds of mention because now you can do something neato for jQuery. I did see a ...

Day 1 impressions from Adobe MAX

So I'm attending my 1st Adobe MAX conference. (http://max.adobe.com/) I was invited to be on a panel to discuss their new Creative Touch Apps (http://blogs.adobe.com/creativelayer/) which were announced as part of today's keynote (http://max.adobe.com/online/). Here are some of my thoughts after this one day. The Keynote Opening To kick off the keynote ...

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 ...

Thoughts on CIID Summer School

For the last 2+ weeks I have traded in my teacher's podium for a student's seat in the studio. I was a student at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID) Summer School. Computational Design [caption id="attachment_2041" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Click to see my collection of screens"][/caption] My first week was spent in a ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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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