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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Chasing the ephemeral

Thoughts from a digital packrat As a person who has created a lot of different types of social experiences over the years and who has written about social experiences (Designing Social Interfaces from O’Reilly Media), I have accounts all over the internet and my phone is littered with social apps that I tried a couple of…

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Writing about the UX of Sales

I have been working on this book material for awhile – I started writing the book about a year after we did our talk at the IA Summit and then it stalled as I began working on my Dr. Leslie book and then began teaching at CCA. So to force myself to continue and to…

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Lamenting The Digital Legacy

Last semester I taught a class. This semester, I have embarked again on the journey that is “writing a book”. I have picked back up, the project I started in 2004, which was a remix of my thesis project from graduate school—a book version with narrative and history about Dr. Robert L. Leslie and the Composing…

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Teaching Visual Interaction Design

Combine an Interaction Design program, with a crash course in visual design, mix it up with how visual design principles, practices and approaches intersect and influence designing the full user experience and you get the class I am teaching. We are doing a crash course in the basics – gestalt principles, typography basics, type history,…

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Type History

As part of the class I am teaching – Visual Interaction Design – we are doing a module on typography and type design. Tangential to that is type history – not specifically relevant but great background for the designers. So starting with the type history deck provided by Ellen Lupton, which is part of her…

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Upcoming Webcast

I’ll be doing a webcast of my Foundations of Social Interface Design over at O’Reilly on August 20, 2015. Here’s what I’ll be talking about – check it out and hope to see you there: Description: Designing social sites and mobile applications, or adding a social dimension to an existing project, entails unique challenges way…

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