Rob Spiro on Design at The Mechanical Zoo

Last week, I went to BayCHI to see Rob Spiro, one of the founders of The Mechanical Zoo, talk about their product, Aardvark. Aardvark is a subjective search engine built on the idea that conversations are the best way to get answers to subjective questions. A typical interaction with Aardvark…

Why Integral Design is Important

Before I get back to the questions I posed in my last entry, I’d like to tell you a little about why I think building a framework for Integral Design is important. Recently I’ve been reading the writing of a theorist named Ken Wilber. Ken has developed a…

Rethinking Designing for Experience

A few months ago, a friend of mine, Todd Wilkens, posted some provocative thoughts on the Adaptive Path blog. Essentially, Todd says: Instead of a framework focused on tasks, goals, and states, designers should use a framework focused on behaviors, motivations, and contexts. A new framework is needed because the…

Emotions ≠ Experiences

A comment I posted on nundroo™: Sorry, but I’m going to nit pick. When you say you can’t design happiness, satisfaction or frustration, you’re talking about not being able to design emotions, and I agree. We can’t design emotions. I also agree that experiences are tied…

About Brad Lauster's (e²)

The first time I heard someone use the term Experience Design was in 2000. It was a powerful, no duh moment for me. Of course Designers should be thinking about and solving problems in even more holistic ways than those enabled by current User-Centered Design methods! Soon after I was…

How does one learn design?

I recently posed a question to one of my design email lists: How does one learn design? The answers I got back were less than satisfying. Most people responded with reading suggestions. I think they were answering a different question: How does one teach design? Anyway, when I think about…

Inspirational introduction to Interaction Design?

Matt Jones asks, “If you had to get someone of guru-status to both introduce and inspire a group of about 100 designers from various backgrounds about the field of interaction design, who would you pick?“ Here’s my list: John Grimes — professor of Interaction Design at IIT. I saw John…

Merholz / Shedroff on User-Centered Design

Digital Web Magazine just published An interview with Peter Merholz and Nathan Shedroff on User-Centered Design. The questions themselves are pretty run-of the-mill, but Peter does a great job of addressing the business impact of UCD and I really liked Nathan's response to a question about selling usability: However, the…