Whether you design apps that use gamification to influence behavior or you're just a user of these apps, have you stopped to consider the ethics of gamification?When should it be avoided? How is it affected by context? Can a design be too addictive? Do the needs of the business outweigh the needs of the user? What exactly are the responsibilities of the designer?
Norbert Wiener made contributions across several disciplines during his lifetime. Many of these were immediately relevant, and influenced theories and production during his day. Others were long-term, and only in recent years has it been possible to test their relevance. Separately, Wiener predicted the social impact of robotic, cybernetic and other technologies on the future of society, and after several decades his writing retain their relevance.
Thank you to everyone who answered today. Seriously, I really appreciate your mentorship.
Good to hear from Elizabeth Bacon, whose Portland IxDA chapter events I've attended. Thank you also for your simpathy Yvonnia. CWS, Monkeyshine, Christian, Eduardo all raise good points, so here's some clarification in response :
I'm new to user experience design. I do a lot of research. When presenting a formal design analysis, what is the best practice for incorporating ideas from other designers as suggestions? Should I include a written reference to sources?
I was researching on new technology and media for RIA and found Live Mesh. I found that it seamlessly connects your data through Windows PC, Mac, Mobile Phone, and other devices. It is an interesting concept and would we not want all our work to be seamlessly, updated wherever we are on the go?
I recently ran into an issue on Drugstore.com, wherein there is a discount
offer that may be obtained, but only by a series of not-so-obvious steps—all
done on the site, but not clearly documented. In fact I accidentally
activated the promotion only because I tend to be tenacious with these
things and clicked through a multitude of links. In fact, I hadn't realized
that the promotion had been added to my cart as a result of my actions until
I was already on the phone with customer support. He explained the overly
complex process I unwittingly had gone through.