My organisation is giving some time to thinking about how we develop attitudes towards UCD, usability and a user experience focus within the company. While we're doing lots of stuff at "ground-level" and there is lots of executive support, we're looking to reach out to the many developers, testers, analysts and managers involved in software development.
I will be teaching an Interaction Design course this summer. I want to make sure my students will get practical, up to date and actionable skills they can take out to the world after they graduate so, my intention is to have them work on as many portfolio projects as time allows and work together on small teams. So I can give them the broadest view I wanted to get some feedback from the community on:
Can anyone think of any online or offline apps or websites that have
a well-designed "wizard" or customization widget/feature that helps
you customize and produce big blocks of text? Like write a letter, or
customize a product, or create a product...What I'm working on is
text-based, but I'd love to see any examples, text or photo or
whatever, anyone's got!
Basically, I'm looking for examples that take in *many*
inputs/fields and display *many* options/returns in a fun, clear, and
I was chatting whit a colleague, and we could recall examples in the early
days of the web where a site was a work of art, and no other thing but art,
but can't think of recent examples. any sightings?
When it comes to designing, is anyone here greatly influenced by
things outside of what we normally design? By this, I mean primarily
any particular artists or movements (eg, minimalism, abstract,
Picasso etc) If so, how did your design change? Or does music play a
role? We've discussed what music we listen to when working but I
sometimes find that listening to particular types of music influences
the mood of my designs.
A while back, there were discussions about design research and inspiration.
Steve Portigal has a good little article in Core77 called "Design Research:
Practice noticing stuff and telling stories," http://www.core77.com/hack2school/portigal.asp
"To be a better design researcher, hone your ability to observe the world
around you. Keep a regular log that you add to at least weekly (daily would
be ideal). Document the strange, the curious, the weird, the awesome and the
I get a lot of questions about design education material, books and
recommendations via private email. I've been meaning to put together a
reference post on Design by Fire, but constantly find little time to
do it the way that want to. So I figure I'd at least post my book
recommendation to the list and let folks see it and comment on it.
Online material will have to come later.
This list represents what I consider the most useful and inspirational
books on all manner of things Design.