IxDA Curriculum (Was: Importance of, Masters Degree for IxD Professionals)
23 Jun 2008 - 5:39pm
4 years ago
I don't usually post on this list, but I couldn't help noticing this
post and felt an urge to respond...
I take issue with Dan using Jared's abstract in the way he did. First,
the abstract for such a conference keynote is often meant to be
controversial so as to attract an audience. Jared knows this quite well
as he also uses it to attract folks to his company's services and annual
"conference." But, more importantly it is improper to quote it and take
a particularly important word out of the first sentence. Jared actually
"/Fast forward 25 years and it *now seems* the foundations of
user-centered design are now disintegrating. " (emphasis mine)/
It seems odd (and in fact dishonest) to me that you cut that part out.
He is asking questions here, not making a statement that it is true. And
the fact is that there are UCD practices at Google, on the iPod team,
etc. (I don't know much about Facebook or Twitter's practice, but I'm
doubtful that Facebook doesn't have some UCD going on). Some companies
do not want you to believe they practice these techniques so that they
can make their designers into superstars and use that in their marketing.
/ discuss-request at lists.interactiondesigners.com wrote:
> Message: 57 > Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2008 10:46:11 -0700 > From: Dan Saffer <dan at odannyboy.com> > Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] IxDA Curriculum (Was: Importance of > Masters Degree for IxD Professionals) > > >> I'd say the last thing we'd want to do is put the Artist/Designer >> back into her high-tower, preparing wondrous creations to unleash >> upon a grateful and waiting one-to-many monologic world. >> > > Why is this not a valid means of design? I'll let Andrei and Jim > Leftwich do their thing here, but I'll point to Jared's recent keynote: > > <http://www.uie.com/brainsparks/2008/04/23/ia-summit-keynote-journey-to-the-center-of-design/ > > > > where he notes: > > "The foundations of user-centered design are now disintegrating. > Notable community members are suggesting UCD practice is burdensome > and returns little value. There?s a growing sentiment that spending > limited resources on user research takes away from essential design > activities. Previously fundamental techniques, such as usability > testing and persona development, are now regularly under attack. And > let?s not forget that today?s shining stars, such as Google, Facebook, > Twitter, and the iPod, came to their success without UCD practices." > > > Dan >