Silicon Age: Visioning the future & the beginnings of Interaction Design as a practice — intro lecture 7

We finally start to hear about the origins of Interaction Design as a distinct practice. It still doesn’t have the official name yet but Bill Verplank, talks about the work of doing interaction design. Read about the concepts for the Personal Dynamic Media — Dynabook — concept put forward by Alan Kay and Adele Goldberg…

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Silicon Age: The Mother of All Demos — and my how the world changed — intro lecture 6 from my Interaction Design History course

This is a short intro as the content of the videos covers everything needed to think about in this section. So far in our journey we’ve seen the evolution of symbols and pictographs into our current alphabets, as well as the birth of printing, type design and graphic design. We’ve explored the rise of industrial…

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Industrial Age: Mid-Century Designers, Designing For People —intro lecture 5 from my Interaction Design History course

When designers designed across disciplines and brought learnings from one discipline to another After WWII the U.S. enters a time of incredible innovation and expansion in design. Thousands of GIs return from the war and start families. They take advantage of the GI bill to further their education and they come back to the workforce….

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Industrial Age: The Industrial Revolution & Manifestos — intro lecture 3 from History of Interaction Design

The Machine Revolutionizes the World and our field begins to find sparks The industrial revolution starts around 1760 and lasts nearly 100 years. By the 1800’s steam engines and steel come into play, resulting in the railroad which opens up travel and commerce possibilities beyond what people had seen before. Starting in England, but spreading…

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Donate time, donate money for social justice

If you are looking for ways to put your User Experience Design skills to use this summer consider reaching out and volunteering for one of the various Civil Rights organizations fighting for racial equality and civil rights for all people.  Black Visions CollectiveNAACPColor of ChangeSouthern Poverty Law CenterACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)North Star Health CollectiveCommunity…

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Using Mapping to Scope a System

The Power of Mapping Maps and models help us see and visualize all sorts of concepts. To get our hands and heads around a topic or a complex system as well as ideas and simple systems. We can model conceptual ideas, real ecosystems, objects and interactions. To help understand the boundaries of a topic or the…

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IxD Foundations Reading List

The past two falls have found me teaching the basic Interaction Design Foundations course at CCA. It’s great fun and we get into the basics of task flows, wireframes, information architecture, concept modeling, components and micro-interactions and finally game design to push the idea of design, test, iterate, test all wrapped up in fun. General(Required…

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Re-finding Your Individual Contributor Self

The Shift Back from Management Moving from management back into the role of an individual contributor — especially if you go out as a freelancer or consultant — can be as overwhelming and confusing as moving into leadership from an individual contributor role. Some of the reasons are similar but some are very different. When I left my management…

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