Really interesting article on IxD on Core77

15 Jan 2008 - 4:04pm
6 years ago
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Dave Malouf
2005

Check out this article by an "outsider" trying to let the ID world know what
IxD is all about and why they should care:
http://www.coroflot.com/creativeseeds/2008/01/sidestep_interaction_designers.asp

I really like it!

-- dave

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16 Jan 2008 - 8:25am
dnebbe
2008

I really enjoyed the article, too. In fact, I'm going to send a link
to some of the people I work with.

Here's a favorite quote: "...every product in the world gets
designed by someone, whether or not they know what they're doing."

Thanks for pointing this out, Dave!

Dann

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16 Jan 2008 - 4:27pm
Paul Eisen
2007

Dann said: "Here's a favorite quote: "...every product in the world gets
designed by someone, whether or not they know what they're doing.""

In my early days of UCD-design evangelism, I used to refer to a frequent
alternative to UI design, or to user-centred design, which I sometimes
called "design by accident." After all, it hasn't always been the case
that someone does or does not know *what* they're doing. Many products
unfortunately still infest this world where someone -- usually an
unwitting coder or software architect -- didn't even know *that* they
were doing (design).

Paul Eisen
Principal User Experience Architect
tandemseven
http://www.tandemseven.com

17 Jan 2008 - 7:28am
Adrian Howard
2005

On 16 Jan 2008, at 21:27, Paul Eisen wrote:
[snip]
> Many products
> unfortunately still infest this world where someone -- usually an
> unwitting coder or software architect -- didn't even know *that* they
> were doing (design).
[snip]

I think those folk know that they're doing design. They just don't
know how to do it well.

Adrian

17 Jan 2008 - 4:27pm
Paul Eisen
2007

Adrian replied:
I think those folk know that they're doing design. They just don't
know how to do it well.

Well, sort of. Where the objective of the design is purely one of
implementing functionality, the UI design and the whole associated user
experience is relegated to an unpredictable side effect. Fortunately
this is no longer the case in most domains.

Paul Eisen
Principal User Experience Architect
tandemseven

17 Jan 2008 - 6:08pm
Mark Schraad
2006

Or they do not understand the significance or potential of what they do.

I recently met some folks at a box factory. They design cardboard
boxes to be manufactured. The staff was home grown - completely
trained on the job, in house. They were masters of the medium and the
craft. What they were lacking was the vision and theory. This is the
opposite of what Dave Malouf described recently. They had
essentially an entire carrier of studio work, with no real
fundamentals. I could not help but think of the potential for that
staff - and in fact the company had they the background and vision to
push that medium.

Mark

On Jan 17, 2008, at 4:27 PM, Paul Eisen wrote:

> Adrian replied:
> I think those folk know that they're doing design. They just don't
> know how to do it well.
>
> Well, sort of. Where the objective of the design is purely one of
> implementing functionality, the UI design and the whole associated
> user
> experience is relegated to an unpredictable side effect. Fortunately
> this is no longer the case in most domains.
>
>
> Paul Eisen
> Principal User Experience Architect
> tandemseven
>

18 Jan 2008 - 3:52am
Adrian Howard
2005

On 17 Jan 2008, at 21:27, Paul Eisen wrote:

> Adrian replied:
> I think those folk know that they're doing design. They just don't
> know how to do it well.
>
> Well, sort of. Where the objective of the design is purely one of
> implementing functionality, the UI design and the whole associated
> user
> experience is relegated to an unpredictable side effect.

How is the UI not functionality :-)

I just think that there is an important difference between folk who
don't care about the user experience (who do exist), and the folk who
do care - but don't know how to do it well. I see a _lot_ in the
latter category myself.

> Fortunately
> this is no longer the case in most domains.
[snip]

I _so_ wish that was true ;-)

Cheers,

Adrian

18 Jan 2008 - 3:55am
Adrian Howard
2005

On 17 Jan 2008, at 23:08, Mark Schraad wrote:

> Or they do not understand the significance or potential of what
> they do.
>
> I recently met some folks at a box factory. They design cardboard
> boxes to be manufactured. The staff was home grown - completely
> trained on the job, in house. They were masters of the medium and the
> craft. What they were lacking was the vision and theory. This is the
> opposite of what Dave Malouf described recently. They had
> essentially an entire carrier of studio work, with no real
> fundamentals. I could not help but think of the potential for that
> staff - and in fact the company had they the background and vision to
> push that medium.
[snip]

Yup! This is exactly the sort of thing I'm talking about. I come
across lots of folk from more traditional graphic design, or from the
programming side, who have really applicable knowledge - but don't
know how to apply it well (or - even worse - aren't allowed).

Cheers,

Adrian

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