Making pretty patterns

Euen Semple

For the last few years any time anyone has asked me to predict what will be interesting in the future of the social web I have said "seeing patterns, and what we do with the patterns that we see". I have also argued consistently over the years that what matters is the ownership and interpretation of the data and patterns that we generate. If our tools create patterns that are visible to us all of us then we all learn and are able to make better decisions.

UX Week 2014 Keynote Josh Clark on the Future of Digital Product Design

Adaptive Path

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 2014: Meet the Keynotes

Adaptive Path

Every year, when we set about the task of choosing speakers for UX Week , we look for people who can bring a broad perspective to the challenges facing experience designers today. UX Week 2014 takes place September 9-12, here in San Francisco.

Building Resilience at MX 2014 with J. Galen Buckwalter

Adaptive Path

LKD : I am excited to have you on board with us for MX 2014. It all started as a Mennonite farm boy where every day meant tracking 50 some cows through their birthing and fertility patterns, their diet and nutrition. I attribute much of the very personal sense of satisfaction I take in knowing my data and the cycles and patterns, which the data hint at, to my childhood spent immersed in the rhythms of life.

UX Week Keynote Speaker Amanda Dameron on Making Design More Human

Adaptive Path

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.

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Nonprofits Need Integrate Learning into their Work in 2014

Beth Kanter

He suggests that design principle is that learning is something separate from work or ‘first we learn and then we work’. Inspired by Charles Jennings 70:20:10.

[liveblog] Judith Donath on designing for sociality (“Social Machines”)

David Weinberger

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.

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Technology changes Everything

Jane Hart

He explains that in his contact with instructional designers, he has noticed that … Following tradition, doing what is recommended by many authoring tools, and patterning one’s work after […].

Creating an architecture for change

Dave Snowden

Yesterday’s post was partly inspired by my reading David Chandler’s 2014 book Resilience: The Governance of Complexity. My daughter recommended it and it has occupied me on a series of flights from Mumbai to San Deigo by way of Heathrow and Dallas.

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Why Do We Need Data Science when We’ve Had Statistics for Centuries?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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)?

Why is it so Difficult to Make Long-Term Predictions?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These are some of the questions that went through my mind as I read Visit to the World’s Fair of 2014 , an article by Isaac Asimov written around the time of the 1964 New York World’s Fair. For example, he wrote that: “By 2014, electroluminescent panels will be in common use.

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Using Design Thinking to ReThink Our Nonprofit or Community Foundation Work

Beth Kanter

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?

Thinking simply, in context

Dave Snowden

Pattern entrainment, assume that the patterns of past success will entrain the inevitability of future failure unless you actively manage to prevent it. Interesting both seem designed to make respondents comfortable rather than to challenge their thinking.

Of artisanship

Dave Snowden

I was talking with the kitchen designer this morning about some of the details of the project which is about to destroy the kitchen I built with my own hands twenty years ago. I did the same when I built it, adjusting as patterns became clear.

Between the ideal and real?

Dave Snowden

We went on to define a The New Artisan project which is designed to change interactions over time rather than define competences and qualities, they focused on declaration or paper. An interesting extended weekend in an Agile Alliance think tank I joined last year.

A Useful Framework for Analyzing the Impact of Technology on Jobs

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Examples include sophisticated medical diagnosis, complex designs, and many R&D tasks, as well as managing large organizations, teaching, and writing books and papers.

Statistical tails waging the dogs of truth

Dave Snowden

The general pattern of serious text books is to study a group of organisations that have a quality we desire or fear (and the boundary between those is more blurred that we think) and identify those aspects of the organisations which can be clearly identified by the researcher.

Library as starting point

David Weinberger

If designing great Web experiences is not a traditional strength of research libraries, the networked expertise of their communities is. Anonymization and opt-in could provide rich sets of connections and patterns of usage. A new report on Ithaka S+R ‘s annual survey of libraries suggests that library directors are committed to libraries being the starting place for their users’ research, but that the users are not in agreement.

Making a Movement: Narratives and Creation Spaces

John Hagel

As diverse as these arenas were, they spawned environments with a set of common characteristics designed to scale learning so that the more participants who join in, the faster everyone learns. And the more I researched other successful social movements, the more I saw this same pattern of organization in action. What better day than Labor Day in the US to explore movements and narratives? Labor Day emerged directly from the powerful labor movement in the US.

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Scaling: context is all

Dave Snowden

The essence of yesterday's post was that we need to allow cluster patterns to emerge from finely grained objects in three areas: strategy, capability and needs. Each of those patterns allows a new emergent potentiality to shift to realisation.

Complexity and Public Administration

Dave Snowden

They have their groundings in design thinking, group dynamics, and complexity theory. While particular labs are for the most part run at local levels policy design labs at national or at regional (province/state/territory) level are in early phases of development.

Telling Stories: Mapping the Patient Experience at John Muir Health

Adaptive Path

The AP team worked quickly to uncover patterns and trends in general patient experiences to design activities that would facilitate the creation of these journeys. Oral storytelling is a universal human trait.

Beyond Institutions Personal Learning in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Thinking in Models: for Design, for Learning… A large part of this talk is about that change. When you look at that, basically it''s like they have this model or design in their head of how we could rebuild the university system, wipe it all out, start over, and we''ll have a new model.

Please not more of the same (2 of 3)

Dave Snowden

I'd driven her down from our software design session showing off the length of Wales in the process via the glories of the A470 with the odd mountain road diversion. I had to get up at 0400 this morning to make the morning flight for Berlin.

The first seminar on scaling

Dave Snowden

Getting things right up front is key to scalability and using micro-narratives of day to day observations, small noticings and frustrations ,we can see patterns of possibility that can be explored earlier enough to make their entry into more formal processes more resilient.

Common confusions on SenseMaker®

Dave Snowden

Its a sort of pattern entrainment, people only know post hoc tagging so real time signification takes a lot to grasp. We got the debate over how the signifiers are designed.

Scaling: merge, match & masticate

Dave Snowden

What they have in common is a repeating pattern that displays at every scale. If the replication is exactly the same at every scale, it is called a self-similar pattern. Fractals also includes the idea of a detailed pattern that repeats itself. For the IT community Object Orientated architectures and design methods are a real gift here but rarely used in organisation although they underpin the value and resilience of the app marketplace.

A ship without sails: Why single source is integral to blended learning


The rapidly evolving and shifting environment and organizational patterns in learning and development have sent waves throughout the industry. The State of Learning & Development 2014: Coming of Age (pdf), [link]. What''s your reaction when you hear about climate change?

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Eating our own dogfood

Dave Snowden

One of the big things we are doing in Cognitive Edge is to adopt tools and methods designed for complexity as pre-SCRUM processes within an AGILE framework. There we had some patterns of past use, some ideas about the future but we trusted to developer to add functionality as they worked.

A curmudgeonly Christmas & a critical New Year

Dave Snowden

Design thinking which has moved from an artisan to a manufacturing approach and lost much in the transition. Anyone teaching people to tell a better story (its called propoganda) rather than allowing narrative patterns to emerge through action and interaction.

The social Web before social networks: a report from 2003

David Weinberger

It just hadn’t yet evolved a pervasive layer of software specifically designed to help us be social. Here’s what for me was the take-away from these two talks: The Web was designed to connect pages. He points out that designers of social software are always surprised by what people do with their software, but thinks there are some patterns worth attending to. This is an incredibly powerful pattern. But it’s a pattern.

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NTEN Leading Change Summit #14lcs: Reflection

Beth Kanter

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.

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The MOOC of One

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I''m one of the people who designed the concept originally in 2008. What I mean is massive by design, massive in the sense that it can continue to scale without losing its essential shape. We wanted to design a system that could scale without changing the nature of learning. Right now we''ve just, in the past week, launched a course in French, a French language course called REL, Ressources Educatives Libres, Open Educational Resources 2014.

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Setting Story

Clark Quinn

One of the challenging but important components of designing meaningful practice is choosing a context in which that practice is situated. It’s creative (and consequently fun), but it’s also not intrinsically obvious (which I’ve learned after trying to teach it in both game design and advanced ID workshops). Instead, learners make patterned mistakes based upon mistakes in their conceptualizations of the performance, aka misconceptions. design games

Beyond Assessment ? Recognizing Achievement in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

It''s the basis for instructional design. You start with what you want them to learn, design an experience, cause them to learn it, build in some checks, and see that this has all happened in the end. ALT, the Association for Learning Technology, in Britain, is designing and creating badges as part of its ocTEL MOOC. Because our brain is a pattern?recognition It''s not even a pattern?recognition It''s a pattern?recognition How do you see the pattern?

So what are we about?

Dave Snowden

It allows then for both deep analysis and decision-focused sense-making, combining visual patterns with insightful from examples from the field. The design supports organisations in making sense of complex environments for improved decision-making, strategy development, and monitoring.

Judge not, but enable judgement

Dave Snowden

One common feature of both those offerings is the need to contrast ostensive reality with idealised objective based design.

Dean Krafft on the Linked Data for Libraries project

David Weinberger

Cornell: Dean Krafft, Jon Corso-Rickert, Brian Lowe, Simeon Warner Stanford: Tom Cramer, Lynn McRae, Naomi Dushay, Philip Schreur Harvard: Paul Deschner, Paolo Ciccarese, me Aim: Create a Scholarly Resource Semantic Info Store model that works within and across institutions to create a network of Linked Open Data to capture the intellectual value that librarians and other domain experts add to info, patterns of usage, and more.

Techniques and Tools: How To Visualize Your Network

Beth Kanter

Earlier this month I was lucky enough to attend the CATechFest in LA designed and expertly facilitated by Aspiration. Harold Jarche (@hjarche) April 25, 2014. Some questions to ask: What patterns do you see?

Will the Sharing Economy Catalyze New Forms of Philanthropy?

Beth Kanter

She offers a few opportunities: Want information on current transporation patterns (Lyft, Uber, Car share, bikeshare)? Want information on tourism patterns (Airbnb, Homeaway)? analyze use patterns from any of the aforementioned).

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Workshop on Mass Collaboration - Day One

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Can we design mass collaboration? sofwtare engineers, LAN designers, etc. It was designed to help companies know what they know. SD - and then there are a series of mechanisms designed to move participants up one level of participation). before the accident, there''s a small ''accidentss'' section, after te event, there was a large selection of design issues and risks (mostly from data that existed before the event).

Response to Dron

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is where connectivism goes beyond connectionism: it asserts that learning is a network phenomenon, and then proceeds to apply that understanding to things like learning design and pedagogy (subjects about which the connectionists are largely silent). Dron goes on at length, and I''ll elide here: Our social networks, including the mediating objects we create, are diverse, plural, parallel, reaching whatever emergent patterns they fall into by many different processes.

Personal Health Data: It’s Amazing Potential and Privacy Perils

Beth Kanter

This is a graph of aggregate data from Jawbone,a wristband that people wear that tracks their steps throughout the day and their sleep patterns during the night. (h/t Capture the Ocean (@CapturetheOcean) August 26, 2014. — Beth Kanter (@kanter) August 24, 2014.

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