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“The music is not in the piano”

One of the giants on whom’s shoulders we stand.

Interview with computing pioneer Alan Kay ~ “One way to think of all of these organizations is to realize that if they require a charismatic leader who will shoot people in the knees when needed, then the corporate organization and process is a failure. It means no group can come up with a good decision and make it stick just because it is a good idea. All the companies I’ve worked for have this deep problem of devolving to something like the hunting and gathering cultures of 100,000 years ago. If businesses could find a way to invent “agriculture” we could put the world back together and all would prosper.”

(David Greelish ~ Techland)

Prototyping for mobile designs

Always wondered why mobile design would be different than plain software design. Is being able to move around the differentiator?

“Building a prototype is a great way to test your design early on with users. Whether you choose to go for a high-fidelity representation, or go lo-fi with paper, you can learn a lot about the usability of your site. Often, teams are concerned with which technique or tool to use because of the litany that are available.”

(Kelly Goto a.k.a. @go2girl ~ User Interface Engineering)

“All of the work we do is change management”

Karens star is rising and rising.

Interview with Karen McGrane. ~ “For us this is a generational issue, and it’s our life’s work to help contribute to organizations’ learning how digital design (and information architecture) should fit into their organization. If we are going to be successful, we may not fix it for ourselves, but for the next generation of digital designers, I want to leave those organizations better off. There will also be some social darwinism, where the organizations that successfully navigate this transition are the ones that are going to survive.”

(IA Summit 2013)

What do you predict will be the future trend of user experience?

Being recognized, valued and appreciated by business is important in a society in which everything is seen as a market and a transaction.

“I think user experience will continue to become more strategically important instead of just service-oriented. What I’m seeing right now is user experience company-wide goals and metrics that are driven by the highest management level. This is starting to happen more in the technology world, but might spread to other types of products. UX roles might become a lot more specialized; however, what companies will look for is people that have cross-functional skills and can work in a variety of settings. You will start seeing compartments in the field as companies try to find out the best user experience strategy. You will also see the new grads with lots of different skills in their education and a background in design combined with other types of fields that previously might not be associated.”

(Danielle Arad a.k.a. @uxmotel ~ UX Motel)

Design your life

One of my very few ‘heroes’.

“It occurs to me at this point that Richard Wurman behaves like a 77-year-old child. I do not mean this to be condescending or dismissive. It is one of the things I like most about him. He seems to have somehow maintained a portion of preoperational egocentrism and the world is richer as a result.”

(Brendan McGetrick ~ Domus) ~ courtesy of fabiosergio

An Interview with Ann Rockley, the “Mother of Content Strategy”

A mother, not thé mother. Who’s the father? Who’s the child?

“The other driver is the digital content revolution. While best-of-breed technical communication and training departments have been creating multi-channel outputs for years using a write-it-once, use-it-often strategy, traditional publishers haven’t felt the pressure to adopt this approach until the Kindle, smartphones, tablet computers – and of course, the iPad – changed consumer demand.”

(Scott Wrangler)

User Experience is Not Just Design, It’s the Key to Innovation and Growth

It’s Garrett, not Garret.

“It’s not every day you have Jesse James Garrett stop by to talk about the state of user experience and its role in the future of business. But, we were fortunate to have him visit the set of Revolution to talk about the importance of people and experiences and how UX deserves the attention of the c-suite.”

(Brain Solis)

The gadfly of information architecture

Always a delight to have him speak.

Q&A with Richard Saul Wurman ~ “At a sprightly 77 years, Mr Wurman is the author of scores of books on technology and design, and is credited with having coined the term “information architect”. During the interview, he was true to his eccentric, irascible self, which has inspried many to his causes. “We can’t make use of success or failure from one place or another because we have no common language,” he says metaphorically. “We also have no common language in medicine. We have very few common languages,” he says. “You need common filters. In all this big data, you need filters, because often innovation comes from this filter, because you can see a pattern. And I’m interested in those patterns.””

(The Economist)

Why Top Execs are Starting to Care About UX Design

Crossing the border to CX.

“Garrett shares how research, psychology, behavior and design can open the doors to meaningful creativity for design and product experience strategies. But more importantly, he shares how executives across the organization can learn from the UX team to improve services, business models and overall customer relationships.”

(Brian Solis a.k.a. briansolis ~ Mashable)

Future of Work: Interview with Hugh Dubberly

So, don’t think about designing things, but systems, as in biology.

“Understanding the soul of a product (or of an organization) requires a conversation – about what you believe in, about fundamental values, and about quality. These ideas must be argued and agreed upon. Likewise, expressing the soul of a product requires still more conversations, still more argument and agreement. At this level, design is conversation.”

(Wilder Voices)

Bringing Drama to Service Design

A kind of method acting.

“We spoke with Adam StJohn Lawrence, who describes himself as a a customer experience and service design consultant, a professional comedian and an actor. Together with service innovator Markus Hormess working under the name of Work•Play•Experience, they use unique theatrical tools to help companies turn good services into memorable service experiences.”

(Design Transitions)

The QofC Interview: Luke Wroblewski, Author of Mobile First

LukeW and Forbes: quite a combination.

“To me it seems more like inside-out versus outside-in. Inside-out thinking is, This is our process, this is our org chart, this is how we do things, and everything is sort of we, we, we. And they try to project that out to the world. Versus outside-in is like here’s some poor guy who’s going to wind up on our website, let’s look at it from his perspective. He doesn’t care that we have these fifteen departments. He doesn’t care about these fifteen processes that we have for making decisions, he wants to do blank. And just kind of flipping your mindset like that can go a very long way.”

(Anthony Kosner ~ Forbes)

Kristina Halvorson on Content Strategy

Spreading the gospel with exposure of the person and the field in the MS universe.

“Content strategy identifies how content will help achieve your business objectives. It informs how organisations create, deliver and govern or take care of their content, online and beyond. It helps people move from thinking about content launch to content life cycle, allowing them to create a plan to manage that content over time.”

(Tom May a.k.a. @tom_may ~ .net Magazine)
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Anthropology extracts the true nature of tech

Have we found the Margaret Mead of user experience in Technology?

“Genevieve Bell, director of interaction and experience research at Intel Corporation, says when she approaches technology she is “less interested in thinking about the piece of technology itself and more interested in the kind of work that technology is trying to do and the larger context in which it finds itself.” In the following interview, Bell discusses her experience as a ‘Thinker in Residence’ and how anthropology concepts can be used to make tech more consumer centric.”

(Jenn Webb a.k.a. @jennwebb ~ O’Reilly Radar)