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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

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. ...

“There is no [IxD]” –Neo

Last weekend I gave a talk to a group of non-designers. It's been awhile since I did that so it was a chance to flex some thinking muscles on identity and definition issues I've been exercising over the last few weeks (well since Interaction South America) in December. First here is ...

@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 ...

The Interaction Design (IxD) of a Sugar Dispenser

When I was in Brazil I had some wonderful conversations with Jonas Löwgren. It was so fortuitous that we finally meet after conversing and collaborating across the miles so far away from both of our homes. We were sitting at breakfast 1 morning talking about interaction design (that was every morning) ...

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 ...

“Active Observation” … huh?

After teaching design research the last 2 years, I realized that our language in my teaching of the course (which I inherited upon my arrival) was filled with branded terminology and even used branded literature as the basis for teaching. While I appreciate the work of these brands (I'm not ...

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 ...

Designing a Down-Up Organization

I was honored to be asked to write for IDSA's latest issue of Innovation. This issue's executive sponsor was Alistair Hamilton who I had the honor to work with and was edited by Don Carr of the Syracuse Univ Industrial and Interaction Design Program. The issue focused on interactivity and ...

Why designers do need to know code …

Today on Twitter @odannyboy and @russwilson were doing a quick back and forth about whether designers need to know how to build what it is they are designing for. In the conversation @odannyboy pointed to this well reasoned piece explaining the point of view that it is actually bad for ...

It’s all in between

I'm a big fan of projected motion media: TV & movies. I love it in fact, to a fault. Two of my favorite TV shows are So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) and Top Chef. I watch both of these shows not so much because I'm a dance aficcionado ...

What is IxD and What does an Interaction Designer Do? Discuss!

In preparing for a meeting about my program I was forced to define some things in a way that can speak to the widest education audience of administrators and teachers. Here are 2 things I came up with that seems to be sticking and even got some good feedback from ...

Be a human company before you become social

Social networking, media and marketing are all the rage these days. There are many great examples of organizations that are using these tools to re-create themselves as true social engineered businesses and kudos to them. What I've noticed though is too many organizations are jumping into this realm hoping that it ...

IxDA announces its call for participation for Interaction 11

IxDA’s Interaction11 Conference
February 9-12, 2011 (Wednesday through Saturday)
 Boulder, Colorado, USA 
presented by IxDA in partnership with Boulder Digital Works (BDW)
 http://www.ixda.org/interaction Note: All dates are different from Interaction’10 ==
IMPORTANT DATES August 1, 2010
Presentation Proposals Due August 15, 2010
Student Design Competition Submissions Due September 1, 2010
Acceptance Notices Sent September 15, 2010
Full Program Announced ==
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS The IxDA ...

Designing without introspection…Huh?

I got back from @uxlx this week. My write up of the conference will be @johnnyholland later this week. The conference was quite excellent. The diversity and quality of attendees and speakers felt unprecedented to me which combined with the venue and surrounding city made for a wonderful event. What I ...

Interaction Design “Documentary” from Dundee, Scotland

A very interesting take on where IxD is from a Greek in Scotland.

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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