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  • The rise of incompetence

    Jonathan Grudin Posted: Thu, December 11, 2014 - 10:08:27

    “To become more than a sergeant? I don't consider it. I am a good sergeant; I might easily make a bad captain, and certainly an even worse general. One knows…

  • Mobile interaction design in the 2013-2014 academic year

    Aaron Marcus Posted: Wed, December 03, 2014 - 4:32:37

    In May 2014, I was blessed with three invitations to be a guest critic at three end-of-the-semester design courses in three different departments of two educational institutions. Here is a…

  • Lightning strikes!

    Deborah Tatar Posted: Tue, December 02, 2014 - 12:15:38

    Every once in a while, in the world of high technology, I encounter someone who is doing a perilous, marvelous thing: planting his/her feet on the ground, and, in grounding…

  • User experience without the user is not user experience

    Ashley Karr Posted: Mon, November 24, 2014 - 10:09:43

    Take away: User experience (UX) is a method of engineering and design that creates systems to work best for the intended user. In order to design in this way, users…

  • Debatable

    Jonathan Grudin Posted: Fri, November 21, 2014 - 3:18:54

    Issues that elicit passionate and unpredictable views arrive, fast and furious: The right to be forgotten Facebook emotion manipulation Online bullying and cyber hate Institutional Review Boards Open publishing The…

  • Disrupting the UX design education space

    Richard Anderson Posted: Wed, November 19, 2014 - 11:31:55

    Room 202 My teaching partner Mandy and I stood in silence looking around the room one last time in which magic had happened the preceding 10 weeks. We teach the…

  • The top four things every user wants to know

    Ashley Karr Posted: Thu, November 13, 2014 - 10:43:44

    I have been conducting research with human participants for roughly 14 years. Some of my studies have been formal (i.e., requiring the approval of an ethics or internal review board),…

  • Love it or list it

    Monica Granfield Posted: Wed, November 12, 2014 - 2:57:45

    Have you ever tried to coordinate a project, a group of people, their activities, and their progress? Or organize your thoughts or what needs to get done? What has been…

  • Batman vs. Superman (well, actually, just PDC vs. DIS)

    Deborah Tatar Posted: Tue, October 28, 2014 - 9:48:54

    The Participatory Design Conference (PDC), which just had its 13th meeting in Windhoek, Namibia, is a close cousin to DIS, the Design of Interactive Systems conference. Both are small, exquisite…

  • Uses of ink

    Jonathan Grudin Posted: Fri, October 17, 2014 - 9:06:47

    Many species communicate, but we alone write. Drawing, which remains just below the surface of text, is also uniquely ours. Writing and sketching inform and reveal, record, and sometimes conceal.…