This is a presentation I gave w/ support from Ted Booth & Jennifer Bove. It is meant to convey my interpretation of a moment. The slides don't stand by themself really well, so there is this video here: http://vimeo.com/4082183
Dave MaloufLeading designers and their teams to be successful at DigitalOcean
80. THE END
David (I know my story)Jennifer* HUGE* Schematic* IvreaTed* Smart* Motorola* Method Design* IIT/ID
This is the map of Interaction Designers on IxDA.org/local.php
We've basically had 40 years of the PC and for most of us the networked version of this device is our sole medium/canvas we design on.
While almost none of us are designing Wii games, this device and devices like it are changing the nature of the work we do.* game consoles* mobile* kiosk* ambient
The network is probably more important to us all though.We are more connected and interconnected than ever and our networks on 1 hand increase our transparency but also get in the way of our real-world intimacies.
This is the Huzzah slide. It is great that we are getting noticed, eh?
We swing in the middle of analytic linear thinking and artistic nonlinear or lateral thinking
UX has to admit its roots are in engineering and data driven creation.
But architecture and industrial design have their roots in aesthetics--applied aesthetics.
Not only a merging of art & science, but also of form and behavior and object with the many systems that surround it.Definitely room for improvement.
Bill Verplank's Sketch Lecture is a brilliant example of live sketching.Last year Bill Buxton released Sketching User Experience, teaching us all the real power of sketching
On the one hand it is about unjudged exploration towards a path of evaluation.On the other hand it is about associative connections of ideas through
So much of what we do is in the details, but it is soooo hard for us to communicate the details of interactive behaving systems. We need to learn from design peers and we need to find better modes of practice.Too many of our great ideas get lost due to poor communication quality
arduinoThermoBlendRuby on RailsWe need to take on becoming the craft people of the mediums we decide to work on.We also need to find & hone the craft of interaction design.
concepts are best articulated in these human situated animated sequences.
movement, interaction, etc. evoke emotion and have their own beauty. [Image of Capoeira comes to mind]Using capoeira as it is a game, blending the interactions between the 2 in the circle with everyone around them.There IS a reason why the click-wheel FEELS better, and why a flick is better than a scroll wheel or ball.
Do we really know what these aeshetics are? How to describe them?Can you explain why a drop down is or isn't better than a radio button set aesthetically (not functionally)?
Well designed services are now a the core of so much of the work we as interaction designers are being taked to do.
Russell Davies @ Design Engaged.
Russell Davies @ Design Engaged.
My thought here is
OblongSurfaceWiiOur bodies are starting to get into the act. We move our hands and bodies to tell computers what we want from them.Some systems are even learning facial expressions
different types of agility (Jen & Ted) role blurring and flexibility
interoperabilitymoving from organization to organizationso much to learnwhat technologies to choose?What is the right level of fidelity?
our bread and butter. not just for prototyping but for documenting (and they are different)
ArduinoWe can now build hardware.Arduino + SLA = hardware prototype.
while a static appearance model works for ID, but IxD our appearance models require interactivity and data binding.
A little lesson from industrial design & architectural processes.
So many of us are pushed to turn our prototyping time into production time.
Even on an iPhone the various layers of interactivity pile on each other creating a density of interaction and communicating those interactions.
Awww! Google is Sooo cute and human and artsy and respectful and in tune with my daily life.worthy to noteRow 1:* St. paddy's* MiroRow 2* Snow Day!* Wes Craven HolloweenRow 3* Election Day* Chagall
Fire Eagle stores my LocationEagle Feed takes the Fire Eagle info and puts it into an RSS formatTwitter feed posts snippet of RSS feed to TwitterTwitter posts to my friends[Did I mention that I update my fire eagle location using Twitter?]
opening the data means releasing the interaction design.
In this great networked universe, how do you manage your identity?biometrics & OpenID and other mechanisms are vying to solve the problem
3 slide quick sequence explaining the network.Me > my connections > my connections' connectionsCan \"me\" be a brand?
do all these people matter equally to me? how do I decide? Can I decide without consequence?Do all these people deserve, or need to be equally transparent to my life?
There are underlying networks I get to access under these people?Can I influence them? How?
where am i?In context of the network?Does location in real space really add value? that I can use?
Wikipedia is actually more about creating knowledge, but its open API system and use of a Wiki and RSS means that the knowledge embedded here is immediately open for use by anyone.
I climbed these stairs.Breath taking and spiritual road.(Mt. Sinai, Egypt)
So hard to codify our history into repeatable and USEFUL answers.There is no community memory of where we've been.
How many of us ended up at dead ends (many were/are quite attractive) and may have not really completed our training.
What do you?Who understand what you do?How do you tell them?
Job hunting?Both sides of this desk have become unbearable.
The art/design school offers an environment of immersive creativity.(iI lacks the technical science we also need, but I'm going to ignore that for now.)
Design schools work in studios because the studio environment is a crucible where students go through intense behavior modification. This modification is almost required to force us away from the pressures of socially imposed linear/rational thinking and allow us to open our minds to lateral nonlinear thinking.There are also tools here such as critique that are also invaluable to the long term practice of a designer.
yup, going back to school or even going to most design schools costs a pretty penny. Can't deny that.
Yes,Corporations like Adaptive Path,
interaction09 will be awesome!!!
Most schools do face the problem of creating great designers who are not ready for the real world.Be sure that the school you go to has real corporate projects that are part of the studios you work in.
This is Dan Saffer's diagram.I have a few issues with it, but so far it is the best I've seen.
The 1 man band is representative of the jack of all trades.The true generalist
Well, most of us aren't cutting off our ears (yet), but boy can we get in there and fight for what we believe in when we need to.
Again, the paths we've taken have been many.This is relevant as we do definitional work and people (those described above) see a definition delegitimizing their path.
peers and consumers of our work don't know what we do, or how to work with us ... see next slide.
this means we don't really play as well with others as we should.Loss of efficiency is key, but also loss of control over our work.
Because everyone is doing everyone and no one can step up and take a stand on the
I love this.YES re-inventing the week is bad, that's why I use the cliche,but I just want to point out the bottom right picture, which is an amazing re-invention of the wheel.
So let's get to a definition.product response to our actions
slicing up the medium is hard.
what is more design centered than the bauhaus.The originators of balancing form and function.
But should we be more bound?Only digital? (does this even have meaning any more since silicon is \"everyware\" (referencsing Adam Greenfield's great book on UbiComp.)
does it need to be a product?hmm? TiVo is also a service, no?
IXDA's charter has an ethical element to it.Should it?Robert Reimann does the same thing in his definition work, about \"doing no harm\"
We have no problem saying that there is a pancreas which is part of the digestive system which works with the circulatory system to help sustain an animal.Why can't we make IxD a part of a greater whole?
A sailing crew has so many specific roles, but with a common goal.