I work in a small high tech group at a R&D company. We are developing some interactive systems for a heads-up display, and I'm looking to get feedback on my design work. Basically our options right now are to publish to big academic conferences like CHI or UIST, or basically keep totally quiet. The problem is that our work is not JUST scientific or JUST academic, but also we have more visual and interactive design stuff that communities like CHI don't critique the same way that say a community on behance.net would criticize.
Bruce Sterling, author, journalist, editor, and critic, was born in 1954. Best known for his ten science fiction novels, he also writes short stories, book reviews, design criticism, opinion columns, and introductions for books ranging from Ernst Juenger to Jules Verne.
I was wondering if you'd take a second to provide some honest
feedback on a website I worked on briefly. The site is http://ranker.com and it's for creating lists for anything from
shopping lists to top-10 lists. It's been months since I was last
employed there, but I really wanted to get your impressions since
they've recently launched their beta.
Technically, I think there are a lot of cool things about the site
(drag/drop, same page state changes, etc.) but I always felt like it
was the technology that really drove the design.
Theres been some discussion in the past few months about establishing
a language of critique for user experience design. JJG may have
started it with his closing plenary at the Summit and several people
have blogged about it.
A very good friend of mine designed Tourfilter - we worked together at
Gather.com, and I wanted to know people's thoughts on the stripped down
design - definitely taking a page from my kayak design: http://www.tourfilter.com/
"Where you innovate, how you innovate,
and what you innovate are design problems"
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To distract you all a moment from the current frenzy of posts, I am looking
for your input on a very specific topic: the Critique.
The Critique is an art in and of itself. It is an opportunity for designers
to get feedback on their work, to illicit suggestions and to uncover areas
that need refinement or alternatives. However, not all of those who attend
critiques - or who are considered designers (IxD, UI, UE, UX, whatever) -
these days have had formal art or design training, and who therefore have
not been taught the fine art of how to effectively critique or how to be
A while back, there was a lot of chatter about the MS Ribbon... but around
patenting issues. Since Office 2007 has been out for some time now, I'm
surprised that I haven't seen a whole lot of mention (or complaining!) about
this new paradigm here, considering MS has basically attempted to redefine
the desktop UI from the weathered (and tired?) pull-down menu method to a
whole new task-based "right tools at the right time" approach.
I'd love to hear people's thoughts on their use of the Ribbon in various
Granted, it's a shift, and that requires learning.
Now, remember I said my company is buying me one, but after reading
this, I'm not sure I would buy one. Here's why? remember I want to
focus on hardware issues, but there are some important software issues
for me that became apparent. Maybe these can be changed in the
firmware at a later date. Let's hope so:
1. can't use as a WAN modem for my laptop - This is a major thing I
want in my next phone.