Designing outside your comfort zone
MAY 31, 2016
That’s what we tell ourselves because as designers we often rely on tried and tested tools, methods and standards to help us arrive at a solution that should work. They may sound like best practices for just being a good designer, and they are. “Trust the process!”.
How Autism can Influence Design: In conversation with Steve Silberman
AUGUST 3, 2016
The book, a sweeping history of autism in both science and society, contains some powerful implications about designing for human cognition and what “normal” really means. What do you think is the future of neurodiversity in design, and in the workplace?
UX Week 2014 Keynote Josh Clark on the Future of Digital Product Design
AUGUST 7, 2014
Josh is the author of the book Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps, and frequently gives workshops and talks at conferences around the world. In this interview, Josh and I talk about the current trends in digital product design, and where those trends might be heading.
UX Week Keynote Speaker Amanda Dameron on Making Design More Human
JULY 10, 2014
If you’re a fan of Dwell magazine, you’re familiar with its unique take on modern architecture and design in the home. Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron is a passionate advocate for the philosophy of design exemplified by the homes, decor, and furnishings showcased in Dwell.
The evolution of design to amplify flow
JANUARY 30, 2012
If we want to understand the importance of flows in our world, the new book Design in Nature released this week by Adrian Bejan and J. By pulling back from individual disciplines, it identifies patterns that were either missed or misunderstood in more narrow contexts. There is an imperative here: “The constructal law is a shout from the rooftops: Everything that flows and moves generates designs that evolve to survive (to live).
Be mindful, meaningful, and masterly: 3 questions for Bruce Nussbaum
MARCH 7, 2013
Because his book is so interesting, I asked him to answer a few questions for Pink Blog readers. * * *. I was looked for what didn’t fit the pattern. You spend the time to learn the patterns and then you train yourself to look for what doesn’t fit. Design Reading
Czech Course Followup Questions
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
OCTOBER 18, 2011
I was asked the following questions after my presentation to CZ Course RVP_VT21 yesterday: (Elements of Coop.) Having said that - there is a subtext to this question which suggests that content needs to be organized, the best content selected, and a mechanism put in place to ensure that people follow and pay attention to this content. Finally, the question addresses the idea of a purpose of being to 'win some recognition'.
A Crash Course in Design Thinking for Network Leadership Skills
OCTOBER 7, 2014
Last month, I participated in a Design Thinking Lab with network leadership practitioners convened by the Leadership Learning Community. The session was an introduction to design thinking methods and to generate ideas for instructional modules for networked leadership development.
How to Use Design Thinking to Improve Your Nonprofit’s Digital Strategy
OCTOBER 22, 2013
We used some Human Centered Design techniques from their “ Innovating for People ” design methods recipe book. It was the most stimulating web platform strategy session that I have ever experienced! What is Human Centered Design?
Using Design Thinking to ReThink Our Nonprofit or Community Foundation Work
OCTOBER 27, 2014
To facilitate the lab, I used human centered design techniques (for a good overview see Jen Bokoff’s terrific overview post here ) and more specifically the Luma Institute methods (for more, see my post here.). Has your organization used design thinking to rethink the way it works?
Six habits for visual designers new to UX design.
SEPTEMBER 21, 2010
I haven’t noticed much basic guidance for visual designers new to the UX world. Often these are positions designing for singular needs. Develop an eye for patterns. The more you look at wireframes and schematics, the more you can pinpoint patterns to describe. As your files grow, fast design iteration can spin them out of control, especially on large projects. At the top, things are swirling around with lots of open questions.
To Promote or Not to Promote? (…and Is That The Question?):GlobalGiving’s Experiment With Facebook Promoted Posts
OCTOBER 1, 2012
and Is That The Question?):GlobalGiving’s Perhaps the most interesting thing we learned actually happened while we were designing the experiment.
Informal learning patterns
Jay Cross's Informal Learning
JUNE 26, 2009
Learnscaping describes a dozen learning patterns, e.g. processes that organizations are using to improve performance through networked informal learning. patterns. His recent post, Toward a Pattern Language for Enterprise 2.0 , details two sorts of patterns for optimal enterprise 2.0
The Future IMS Learning Design
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
JULY 15, 2009
The Future IMS Learning Design What is the future of learning design? Joel Greenberg My own personal view: maybe the world is moving on, and maybe the idea of 'design' is a bit old fashioned. Instead of trying to systematize, to sequence, a more appropriate approach is based around patterns and connections. I would question the LAMS / Moodle thing; it looks like overkill. The idea is to lead academics to a lightweight narrative, and having them design around it.
JANUARY 27, 2016
At a neural level, we’re generating patterns of activation in conjunction, which strengthens the relationships between these patterns, increasing the likelihood that they’ll get activated when relevant. It might be as simple as a multiple-choice question, though a scenario in many instances would be better, and a sim/game would of course be outstanding. design mobile
A social interaction pattern language 2 of 2
Jay Cross's Informal Learning
FEBRUARY 8, 2010
A group is working to develop a pattern language for group process. A Pattern Language is an attempt to express the deeper wisdom of what brings aliveness within a particular field of human endeavor, through a set of interconnected expressions arising from that wisdom.
Single Question Interview: Matt Jones
JANUARY 26, 2009
I thought it would make a good Single Question Interview, a new, and perhaps occasional, feature here on Adaptive Path. Matt Jones: Well, we’ve become pretty obsessed with finding new ways to represent our user’s data that’ll let them reflect on the patterns it contains.
Design thinking & complexity pt 3
OCTOBER 5, 2013
I argued by implication that traditional design thinking prematurely converges on a requirement with is then throw over the wall the creatives to ideate a solution. Only once a pattern emerges should you move it into a more formal process: the complex to complicated shift.
MAY 29, 2013
So, when we then look across topics that the learner is engaging in, and the characteristics of the assignments, we can look for patterns across competencies. Now, my two questions are: does the concept make sense? design meta-learning
Avoiding Half-baked Personas
JANUARY 11, 2011
In that tension is the power of personas as a design tool but it is also their greatest potential weakness. Too much fiction leads to misguided design. Too little fiction leads to uninspired design. The key to good persona work is understanding the strengths and dangers of intuition at different stages of the research and design process. This raises important questions: when is a persona done enough to be useful?
eLearning Design - Posts about Designing eLearning
APRIL 5, 2007
I received a question about a particular eLearning Design challenge that someone was facing and I realized that the title of my blog and the way I post doesn't really do justice to talking about design and patterns in designing eLearning in this blog. I'll try to work on that, but here's a list of posts that are relevant to eLearning design and eLearning patterns: What Clients Really Want The basis for many of the eLearning design decisions.
Questions, Answers, Quora, Asymmetric Follow and does this make us Human?
JANUARY 18, 2011
I don't know about that, I think that more people are interested in broadcasting than they are in participating in answering questions but I could be wrong. Asymmetric Follow is a core pattern for Web 2.0, I also started wondering about the 'question' dynamic in itself.
Toward a Pattern Language for Enterprise 2.0 : Andrew McAfee’s Blog
JUNE 11, 2009
Andrew McAfee’s Blog The Business Impact of IT Home Home RSS Search Toward a Pattern Language for Enterprise 2.0 June 10 2009 Comments to this post A Pattern Language , published in 1979 by Christopher Alexander and his colleagues, was a landmark book in architecture that also became a landmark in other fields like computer science ; one review called it “The decade’s best candidate for a permanently important book. First is a set of patterns where 2.0
Single Question Interview: David Merrill of Tacolab on Siftables
MARCH 1, 2009
The motivation for Siftables was a realization that there was no human-computer interface that simultaneously leveraged our visual search/pattern-matching capabilities and our manual dexterity for handling collections of objects. Tags: Technology Interaction Design Futures
Learning Design Tools (Demonstrations)
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
JULY 15, 2009
TELOS - Gilbert Paquette IMS Learning Design (IMS-LD) is a bridge between design and delivery. And you need repositories of LD patterns. It is designed to address various needs, for example, K-12 lesson plans, higher education learning patterns, or workplace training. TELOS isn't exactly an LD designer and player, it's an educational modeling designer and player that exports to IMS-LD. So we got new tools for running learning designs.
New Ways of Visualizing the Customer Journey Map
JULY 16, 2012
As the field of service design evolves so do the tools. At Adaptive Path we often find ourselves debating the form and definition of service design artifacts. I was curious to see how a new crop of interaction designers might interpret the journey map.
Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Patterns of Business Innovation in China and India
AUGUST 21, 2005
From a strategist’s viewpoint, though, what I miss in such coverage is any deep analysis of the patterns of business innovation that might help to explain the explosive growth in both economies or the implications for Western companies.
All Social is Learning | Organizational Knowledge Design
NOVEMBER 22, 2010
If events occur as predicted, we reinforce that cognitive pattern for the next use (naturally, we have the ability to learn the wrong things here). If they do not, we reconsider our pattern assessment logic. Does that question even make sense anymore ?
What Makes a Design Technologist?
FEBRUARY 11, 2009
More and more I am hearing UX practitioners talk about making the thing that we design. This often turns to discussions around prototyping and bridging the gap between design and implementation. As a Design Technologist, this is right in my sweet spot. For years my career was focused on the engineering side of projects and I cannot help but have that programmer part of my brain light up when working on design or strategy.
[liveblog] Judith Donath on designing for sociality (“Social Machines”)
MAY 21, 2014
I read it this weekend and it is a rich work that explores the ways in which good design can improve our online sociality. Judith begins by saying that the theme of the book is the importance of online social interaction and designing for it. She uses a Mark Twain story [" Was the World Made for Man? "] about an oyster’s point of view to remind us that online design isn’t really all that evolved. She came back from Japan trying to design a more useful display.
Why Do We Need Data Science when We’ve Had Statistics for Centuries?
APRIL 30, 2014
Data analysis has been generally used as a way of explaining some phenomenon by extracting interesting patterns from individual data sets with with well-formulated queries. Unlike database querying, which asks What data satisfies this pattern (query)?
Emergent & Semantic Learning
JULY 10, 2012
However, as you track outcomes, e.g. success on practice, and start looking at that by doing data analytics, you can start trolling for emergent patterns (again, made up). design meta-learning strategy technology
NTEN Leading Change Summit #14lcs: Reflection
SEPTEMBER 8, 2014
The team’s first planning session should be one of learning about each’s other trade craft versus diving into the design of the session. Next, of course, is diving into the design task of identifying goals and framing for the session and specific roles.
Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Unanswered Questions at Supernova 2007
JUNE 26, 2007
Last week, Kevin Werbach asked me to address his Supernova conference and offer a preview of some of the questions that will form the foundation of the research agenda for the new center. These are the questions that will focus our research agenda.
Can AI Help Translate Technological Advances into Strategic Advantage?
MAY 17, 2016
Over time, our feelings turn from wonderment and admiration for the seemingly magical achievements of the technology in its childhood years, to the far more practical questions of what the technology can actually achieve when it grows up.
The year’s top posts on Working Smarter
DECEMBER 19, 2013
Working smarter draws upon ideas from design thinking, network optimization, brain science, user experience design, learning theory, organizational development, social business, technology, collaboration, web 2.0 Blogging Community Complexity Design Just Jay MOOCs Working Smarter
Scaling Learning in an Exponential World
OCTOBER 4, 2016
As we accumulate practice in new environments, we can then start to look for patterns that will generate theories about why these practices lead to such high impact. If we took scalable learning seriously, we would apply design thinking and design methodologies to systematically redesign our work environments with the primary design goal of accelerating learning and performance improvement. They help to focus others on the questions that really matter.
Learning Design in a Nut Shell
SEPTEMBER 13, 2006
I've recently updated my mental model of how I go about Learning Design, so I thought I'd share. Update: Sep 14 - Lee Kraus posted Learning and Technology: Learning Design about this and asked an interesting question - "Does this apply to both formal and informal learning?"
The Long Term Impact of AI on Jobs - Some Lessons from History
JULY 26, 2016
Eminent English economist David Ricardo first raised the machinery question in 1821, that is, the “opinion entertained by the labouring class, that the employment of machinery is frequently detrimental to their interests”. But regardless, we cannot ignore the machinery question.
Ask Idealware: Solutions for Tagging and Archiving a Discussion List | Full Circle Associates
JUNE 3, 2008
It was a great question so I happily shot off an answer in email. It also made me realize that this was yet another thing contributing to my recent pattern of “not getting to blogging. They pair this with a wiki (using Mediawiki ) on their server where they collect “community knowledge The community practice is whomever asks the question, collects the answers then summarizes them on a wiki page. Finally, I have to ask the hard question.