Bill Buxton just might be my design management hero

30 Apr 2009 - 1:56pm
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Mark Schraad
2006

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30 Apr 2009 - 2:45pm
Erik Johnson
2009

Awesome! Thanks for the pointer.

"...the strategies designers use in approaching problems or questions are different (not "better") than those employed by those trained in engineering disciplines. Both strategies are complementary. Given the complexity of the problems that confront us, it seems to me that expanding our collective arsenal of techniques is something we could all benefit from."

30 Apr 2009 - 2:53pm
jet
2008

FWIW, that's an excellent write-up of why I went back to school to study
design...

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1 May 2009 - 6:39am
Kelly Brooks
2009

Bill has become a recent hero in our design/development studio.
If you have 20 minutes I would suggest watching this.

http://videos.visitmix.com/MIX09/KEY01

It is just worth it to see him physically demonstrate why it is so
important to focus on transition from Step A to Step B versus just
focusing on Step A and Step B. It was a lightbulb moment for me.

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1 May 2009 - 10:46am
Michael Kay
2009

Nice piece. That happens a lot with clients/colleagues in other
disciplines asking for simple black and white answers to issues that
have a lot to do with context and many other factors.

On the other hand, I would be careful about seeing usability as
something that requires a lot of specific training. Even in this
article Buxton talks about how usability practices do not have to be
the exclusive domain of usability specialists. While having a deep
background in human factors and cognitive sciences can help, this does
not have to be the exclusive realm of people with specific
qualifications. In fact it can be a lot better as engineers,
designers, marketing people, and poets listen to each other and learn
to speak the same language.

. . . michael kay
. . . buenos aires / http://www.peep.org

On 30/04/2009, at 17:53, j. eric townsend wrote:

> FWIW, that's an excellent write-up of why I went back to school to
> study design...
>

1 May 2009 - 10:58am
Mark Schraad
2006

You can slice design into lots of small issues, skills, and knowledge
sets... none of which are exclusive domains. I think Bill's point is that
design is not one of those. While everybody relates to design and believes
they have some capacity to design, not everyone has a comprehensive toolset.
We are extending this conversation within my group to the topic of
professional consideration. We should all be very familiar with the
skillsets, responsibilities and tasks of those we work with (PM's, PJM's,
SEO folks, Usability, Researchers, Visual designers,Dev guys, and Engineers
all come to mind) but to presume that I can do their job with just a few
rules or by reading a book is arrogant and frankly insulting.

On Fri, May 1, 2009 at 12:46 PM, Michael Kay <mikeque at peep.org> wrote:

> Nice piece. That happens a lot with clients/colleagues in other disciplines
> asking for simple black and white answers to issues that have a lot to do
> with context and many other factors.
>
> On the other hand, I would be careful about seeing usability as something
> that requires a lot of specific training. Even in this article Buxton talks
> about how usability practices do not have to be the exclusive domain of
> usability specialists. While having a deep background in human factors and
> cognitive sciences can help, this does not have to be the exclusive realm of
> people with specific qualifications. In fact it can be a lot better as
> engineers, designers, marketing people, and poets listen to each other and
> learn to speak the same language.
>
> . . . michael kay
> . . . buenos aires / http://www.peep.org
>
> On 30/04/2009, at 17:53, j. eric townsend wrote:
>
> FWIW, that's an excellent write-up of why I went back to school to study
>> design...
>>
>>
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1 May 2009 - 12:18pm
Sara Summers
2006

This part really stood out to me:
"...in terms of the nature of the products that they produce,
building such literacy is a very real and useful step in helping
combat that particular affliction. Designers need technological
literacy, too, and both need an equal dose of business acumen.
Without this, none of us has any right to complain about not being
understood by those in other disciplines. We all need to be able to
handle multiple directions."

The ever evolving ambiguity of the tech field, industry or discipline
specific lingo, and the miscommunication of business and/or design
strategy can all produce the symptoms Buxton speaks of. I think being
aware and then acting to learn from your team and teach your area of
expertise is critical. Formalizing it is even better, have a learning
session, 5 minute presentations and make it fun.

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