All posts from
July 2006

A new framework

“Every field of social science has been integrating culture and meaning into their theories and methods – some more than others – and we as designers should be doing the same. To do that, we need a framework that takes these things into account as well.” (Todd Wilkens – Adaptive Path blog)

Experiencing CHI 2006: From a Practitioner’s Viewpoint (1/4)

“One of the great things CHI offers to both practitioners and academics is an opportunity to reconnect with people from their respective communities. Though the intermingling between these two separate communities is not what it might be. Over the many years since this conference began in 1982, conference attendees have forged and annually – or at least from time to time – renewed friendships with their peers from around the world. Unlike conferences focusing on a particular UX specialty, attendees represented the diversity among practitioners – including designers, usability specialists, user researchers, and UX managers.” (Pabini Gabriel-PetitUXmatters)

The reinvention of information design

“And every generation has to reinvent things in their own idiom. But it would be nice if a little history and an awareness of past work was added to what we do now, rather than continually reinventing it as if it were NEW. So wasteful, and at times quite boring to old farts like me. (…) it is difficult to see anything genuinely new in the excitable and shallow research about web sites which was not already established know-how in document design long before digital technology.” (David Sless – CRIA) – Comments are closed.

Knowledge Communities: Online Environments for Supporting Knowledge Management and its Social Context

“Knowledge management is often seen as an information problem: how to capture, organize, and retrieve information. Given this perspective, it isn’t surprising that knowledge management evokes notions of data mining and text clustering and databases and documents. This is not wrong, but it is only part of the picture. We suggest that knowledge management is not just an information problem, but that it is, as well, a social problem.” (Thomas Erickson and Wendy A Kellogg)

Dan Saffer Interview

“Dan Saffer, senior interaction designer at Adaptive Path, has a new book coming out called Designing for Interaction. We met up at the AP offices when I was in town last and had a great chat about what makes for great interaction design, how you allow for (encourage?) hackability, and much more. The book was an excellent introduction for me (the non-designer software dabbler) into the current thinking about user experience and interaction.” (weblogswork)

Designing for Bridge Experiences

“The practice of user experience lacks the historical pedigree of many of its constituent elements, including human/computer interaction, library science, social-science research methods, product-development methodology, and, most of all, design. What it does enjoy, however, is a pragmatic, multidisciplinary approach that encompasses the intertwined social, economic, and technological forces it engages. It’s a contingent amalgamation – an assembly of what works – and a set of perspectives and problem-solving techniques that define how we, as practitioners, think about creating products and services.” (Joel GrossmanUXmatters)