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  • Possibilities, probabilities, and sensibilities

    Uday Gajendar Posted: Thu, July 31, 2014 - 8:27:38

    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…

  • Report from DIS 2014 part 1: Moral status of technological artifacts

    Deborah Tatar Posted: Fri, July 25, 2014 - 8:25:11

    Peter-Paul Verbeek gave the opening keynote speech last month at the DIS (Designing Interactive Systems) conference in Vancouver. His topic was the moral status of technological artifacts. Do they have…

  • Ethical design

    Ashley Karr Posted: Thu, July 24, 2014 - 7:29:32

    Take away: Something as fundamental to the human experience as ethics ought to be a fundamental part of human-centered design. If only it were all so simple! If only there…

  • Service design 101

    Lauren Chapman Ruiz Posted: Mon, July 21, 2014 - 10:04:22

    Note: This article was co-written by Lauren Ruiz and Izac Ross. We all hear the words service design bandied about, but what exactly does it mean? Clients and designers often…

  • Visual design’s trajectory

    Jonathan Grudin Posted: Thu, July 17, 2014 - 1:50:11

    Some graphic artists and designers who spent years on the edges of software development describe with bemusement their decades of waiting for appreciation and adequate computational resources. Eventually, visual design…

  • Excuse me, your company culture is showing

    Monica Granfield Posted: Fri, July 11, 2014 - 7:36:16

    Find the simple story in the product, and present it in an articulate and intelligent, persuasive way. —Bill Bernbach As I read this quote by the all time advertising great,…

  • The challenges of developing usable and useful government ICTs

    Juan Pablo Hourcade Posted: Mon, June 30, 2014 - 1:04:52

    Governments are increasingly providing services and information to the public through information and communication technologies (ICTs). There are many benefits to providing information and services through ICTs. People who are…

  • Organizational behavior

    Jonathan Grudin Posted: Mon, June 23, 2014 - 8:36:18

    Two books strongly affected my view of organizations—those I worked in, studied, and developed products for. One I read 35 years ago; the other I just finished, although it came…

  • May I have your attention

    Ashley Karr Posted: Sun, June 01, 2014 - 3:40:51

    Take away: Removing ourselves from stimulation, electronic or otherwise, is crucial for our brains to function at their peak, and focusing on one task at a time with as little…

  • So close but yet so far away

    Monica Granfield Posted: Thu, May 29, 2014 - 8:12:06

    In the last five days I have clocked at least eight hours on three Fortune 100 consumer websites for tasks that should not take more than an hour combined. What…