Human- vs machine-centric content design

Designers generally design for humans. Human-centric design makes sense as the consumers/users are humans. There are key principles and best practices governing structure, content, and presentation. These are…

If you want to survive in design

I took the screengrab on the left. And mocked up the one on the right. It still astounds me how often I come across illegible designs. I can…

Apple Magic Mouse design fail

Image via iphonehacks.com Seriously Apple — where did you put the charging port for your “magic” mouse now? You do know this means the mouse cannot be used…

Design museum design fail!

There are three examples of a functional design fail that really should never happen outside of a design school.  These were spotted in an Oslo design museum of all places!…

Combining design thinking and applied psychology

I use three different problem-solving processes: Design Thinking, Crisis Support and Suicide First Aid. I see a great deal of similarities between them. There is a possibility to combine…

“Design” has a double meaning

“The word ‘design’, unlike ‘art’, has a double meaning. Both a verb and a noun, it is not just a feature of our surroundings, it is also the…

Design + applied psychology: A hybrid problem solving process

This is a work-in-progress hybrid process that combines three problem-solving processes I use regularly; Design Thinking, Crisis Support and Suicide First Aid: The design process strengths: creative exploration, collaboration,…

Feeling and Being in UI/UX design

“The fundamental human desire for a feeling of safety and security – even though this feeling may be only indirectly related, at best, to being more safe or…

Another pointless and wasteful design?

I came across this ANDREA Air Purifier on inhabitat and couldn’t quite get my head around it. See the video making some astonishing claims here. How can sticking a plant inside an…

Circular menu done Material Design right

The Google Material Design time picker is a beautiful piece of work. You tap on the hour or minute component of the time to initiate setting the hour…

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We get what we measure

“…the best and brightest are now working on ways to save fractions of pennies through efficiency instead of product development. And the problem lies in the way that…

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Design thinkers and the MBTI

Industrial designer Michael Roller asked designers to take the MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) to see whether designers fall into certain personality types. He compiled the results here….

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Designing for motivation

We can imbue greater intrinsic motivation into work by activating the three aspects of Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose in the work design. (Definitions below are from LifeHacker. I…

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Vaclav Smil nuggets

My highlights from a Wired interview with Vaclav Smil: This Is the Man Bill Gates Thinks You Absolutely Should Be Reading. the demise of US manufacturing dooms the…

Resource: What is strategic design

Strategic design is the initial exploration, understanding and planning part. Executional design then follows to implement the final solutions. … Strategic designers are the meta-design people you hire…

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The MoSCoW Method

The MoSCoW method is a useful technique to clarify product requirements during design specifications. I was asked to describe it to someone recently. Here is the write up…

What’s your problem?

Designers love a good problem to chew on. Design is by its nature a problem solving activity. How can we make something better? How can we make a…

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Going to the extreme

Sometimes, taking a train of thought to the extreme can reveal new ideas and opportunities. First we had bumper stickers. image from StuffWhitePeopleLike. Then we have mobile billboards….

Making a mark in a world of slim

It must be really hard to be an electronics product designer at the moment. Consider the plethora of same-same looking television sets at the moment. The primary opportunity…

User-centred design mindset

Underlying any effective user-centred designer is the fundamental desire to be of service. Understanding derived from empathy drives truly insightful requirements gathering. What is it really like for…

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Design seesaw

When designing a service, product, or software application, there are often these four aspects to balance.

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Designing for damage tolerance

Given the nature of the material (cereal), and the packaging/use-context; it is not hard to see how the position of the five holes could lead to such unhappy…

UI design vs user training

We consciously design applications and info systems to suit our needs and proclivities. In the course of using a system, we also modify our behaviour to accommodate the…

A matter of will

A process of structured creative thinking (design thinking) + deep generalists is a powerful combination to deal with change. If we can consciously train people to use such…

 

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