Better (was Strategic Interaction Design)

6 Jan 2009 - 10:07am
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Patrick Grizzard
2008

Hi Christina,

Sounds like a great book, do you know the author? "Whose Body is it Anyway"
returns a couple of results on Amazon. I'm guessing it is the one by Cecil
Fabre? Just want to make sure I have the right one.

Thanks,

Patrick

On Tue, Jan 6, 2009 at 9:55 AM, Christina Wodtke <cwodtke at eleganthack.com>wrote:

> I'm changing threads in hopes for making some people's lives better.
>
> Regarding Complications, I first made the connection between this excellent
> collection of essays on practicing medicine and design when John Zapolski
> placed "Whose Body is it Anyway" on the desks of his fellow design managers
> are yahoo and suggested we read it replacing the word body with design.
> Reading it, it was clear that the question of "design ownership" could be
> seen through the question of treatment choices for a patient. In both cases
> the doctor and the designer is the expert, but in both cases the business
> owner/product manager and the patient will live wiht the consequences of
> those choices. obviously it's a big difference in scale of repercussions.
> Many of the essays deal with questions of practice, and design is all about
> practice.
>
> I'd say that Better is even more about design, since it's 100% about how
> can
> we become better at our practices. For example, his article on the
> Checklist
> (also in Better)
> http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/12/10/071210fa_fact_gawande
>
> They are also compelling books in their own right, well written and
> entertaining as well as educational.
>
>
>
> On Tue, Jan 6, 2009 at 3:42 AM, Mike Padgett <mike.padgett at fincaso.com
> >wrote:
>
> > Christina,
> >
> > At the risk of pushing the off-topic thing too far, I read Atul Gawande's
> > "Complications" a couple of years ago and it was indeed excellent but I
> > confess to being surprised that it might have been highly relevant to
> design
> > (or rather that I missed that ;-)).
> >
> > Would you mind elaborating just a little on that? I remember reading it
> for
> > general interest (at the same time as Mary Roach's marvellous "Stiff": I
> > think I must have been having a mortality check) and I'm wondering now if
> I
> > need to take a second look!
> >
> > Thx,
> >
> > Mike
> >
> > -------------------
> > Mike Padgett
> > www.mikepadgett.com
> > -------------------
> >
> >
> > >Yes. Outliers is good also. If you love these, try "Better" and
> > >Complications" by Gladwell's pal Atul Gawnde. HIGHLY relevant to design,
> > >despite being about medicine.
> > >
> > >On Mon, Jan 5, 2009 at 4:05 PM, Angel Marquez <angel.marquez at
> gmail.com
> > >wrote:
> > >
> > >> Is 'The Tipping Point' as good as 'Blink'?
> > >>
> > >> On Mon, Jan 5, 2009 at 1:45 PM, Robert Hoekman Jr <robert at rhjr.net
> >
> > wrote:
> > >>
> > >> > >
> > >> > > Wilken's Law:
> > >> > > The effectiveness of research is inversely proportional to the
> > >> > > thickness of its binding.
> > >> > >
> > >> >
> > >> > I couldn't agree more. In fact, Gladwell's book Blink even backs up
> > this
> > >> > idea.
> > >> >
> > >> > Back to the topic now ...
> > >> >
> > >> > -r-
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