Blogs

  • Uses of ink

    Jonathan Grudin Posted: Fri, October 17, 2014 - 7:06:27

    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.…

  • Designing the cognitive future, part V: Reasoning and problem solving

    Juan Pablo Hourcade Posted: Tue, October 14, 2014 - 12:38:16

    I have been writing about how computers are affecting and are likely to affect cognitive processes. In previous posts I have touched on perception, memory, attention, and learning. In this…

  • Conceptual precision in interaction design research

    Mikael Wiberg Posted: Wed, October 01, 2014 - 8:13:38

    Interaction design research is to a large extent design driven. We do research through design. A design can be seen as a particular instantiation of a design idea. Accordingly, interaction…

  • Lasting impact

    Jonathan Grudin Posted: Wed, September 24, 2014 - 7:35:29

    An enduring contribution can take different forms. It can be a brick, soon covered by others yet a lasting part of a field’s foundation. Alternatively, it can be a feature…

  • Lessons from leading design at a startup

    Uday Gajendar Posted: Tue, September 16, 2014 - 7:01:28

    In the past 100+ days I’ve led the successful re-invigoration of a fledgling design capability at a 2-year-old startup into a robust, cohesive, solidified practice with vitality to carry it…

  • Service blueprints: Laying the foundation

    Lauren Chapman Ruiz Posted: Wed, September 10, 2014 - 10:01:14

    This article was co-written by Izac Ross, Lauren Chapman Ruiz, and Shahrzad Samadzadeh. Recently, we introduced you to the core concepts of service design, a powerful approach that examines complex…

  • Big, hairy, and wicked

    David Fore Posted: Fri, September 05, 2014 - 10:00:56

    Interaction designers sure can take things personally. When our behavior is driven by ego, this habit can be annoying. All that huffing and puffing during design crits! But when it…

  • Inside the empathy trap

    Lauren Chapman Ruiz Posted: Mon, August 11, 2014 - 9:43:17

    It’s not uncommon to find yourself closely identifying with the users you are designing for, especially if you work in consumer products. You may even find yourself exposed to the…

  • Diversity and survival

    Jonathan Grudin Posted: Tue, August 05, 2014 - 9:40:21

    In a “buddy movie,” two people confront a problem. One is often calm and analytic, the other impulsive and intuitive. Initially distrustful, they eventually bond and succeed by drawing on…

  • Possibilities, probabilities, and sensibilities

    Uday Gajendar Posted: Thu, July 31, 2014 - 8:27:43

    Design is an iterative activity involving trajectories of exploration and discovery, of the problem space, the target market, and the solutions, towards making good choices. As the primary designer charged…