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.

hyper-connected pattern seeking

Harold Jarche

From a recent post by the BBC : Crucial in surviving all of these unpredictable variables is the use of network design tools – software suites that can simulate what happens at the point of disaster. Here is more confirmation that work is learning, and learning is the work.

Share Best Practices - Patterns

Tony Karrer

Dodged that bullet. :) Patterns and Knowledge Work I understand the concern that when you share best practices, you may come out with very different results. Making sense generates cues and allows one to recognize patterns, both in the nature of the problem and response.

Informal learning patterns

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

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

Designing outside your comfort zone

Adaptive Path

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!”.

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Patterns of Emergent Cities: 1. The Founder - EMERGENT CITIES

Seb Paquet

Patterns of Emergent Cities: 1. This is the first in a series of posts describing patterns that help understand the experience of building something really new, together. Next pattern: 2. social patterns. Posterous theme by Cory Watilo. EMERGENT CITIES.

Idiots, Networks and Patterns

Harold Jarche

The Physics of Finance: The more chaotic our environment & less control we have, the more we see non-existent simple patterns , or as Valdis Krebs pointed out, seeing fictitious patterns in random data is called “ apophenia &#. Tweet Here are some interesting things that were shared via Twitter this past week. SebPaquet ~ “Make something idiot-proof and somebody will make a better idiot.&#. CharlesJennings ~ “we deliver milk. we facilitate learning.

Collective intelligence patterns

Clark Quinn

In his presentation on The Landscape of Collective Intelligence, he comes up with four characteristics of design patterns (or genes, as he calls them): What (strategy), Who (staffing), How (structure & process), & Why (incentives/alignment). This is a really nice systematic breakdown into patterns tied to real examples. I had the good fortune to get to meet Tom Malone way back when he was working on what makes computer games fun (cited in my book ).

Design thinking & complexity pt 3

Dave Snowden

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.

A social interaction pattern language 1 of 2

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Pattern Language ? A concept invented by Christopher Alexander , award-winning, renegade architect despised by most other architects, but wildly popular among designers and software authors. They are classics of design.

A social interaction pattern language 2 of 2

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

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.

Design principles in DSS software

Dave Snowden

the next generation of Risk Assessment and Horizon Scanning system for Singapore and as one of the main designers of 1.0 Now Jeff and I provide different perspectives on the whole issue of how you find patterns, my emphasis on human metadata compliments his ability to mash the numbers.

Evil Design

Clark Quinn

In the mobile ideation session I ran today for some folks, the question came up about good and bad examples of design, and subsequent events reminded me of the topic of not just bad, but evil design. What I mean is design that is crafted to return maximal outcome to the designer, not just at the expense of the user, but even to the discomfort of the user or contrary to their intentions. This seems designed for the sheer purpose to get more fees. design

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Training Design

Tony Karrer

I've been struggling a bit to capture a concept that I believe represents a fairly fundamental shift in how we need to think about Training Design. Oh, and I called it Learning Design in the diagrams, but I'm afraid that it's really more about Training Design.

Six habits for visual designers new to UX design.

Adaptive Path

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. Siloing yourself strictly to visual design is too isolating.

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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 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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How to Design Social Interfaces

Jay Cross

He maintains Yahoo’s design pattern library. The book draws on the logic, organization, and faith of Christopher Alexander’s A Pattern Language. Take a look at the pattern of Identity or Personal Dashboard to grok what this way of thinking is about.

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Patterns of Emergent Cities: 2. The Fellowship - EMERGENT CITIES

Seb Paquet

Patterns of Emergent Cities: 2. Upcoming pattern: 3. I think its an unusually appealing design and the ancients were real big on it; I used it as a template in designing my business card Posterous theme by Cory Watilo. EMERGENT CITIES. BuilderShips · ImagineNations.

All Social is Learning | Organizational Knowledge Design

Martijn Linssen

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. All Social is Learning | Organizational Knowledge Design [.]

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Toward a Pattern Language for Enterprise 2.0 : Andrew McAfee’s Blog

Andy McAfee

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

eLearning Design - Posts about Designing eLearning

Tony Karrer

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.

Thoughts on Patterns and Writing on Medium

Mark Oehlert

So I wrote a post about patterns , something I actually think is very important. Its uncluttered design really brings you back to the writing. Third reaction - I need to understand better how to link Medium to Twitter or LinkedIn - maybe I can''t and maybe that''s part of the design - I just need to investigate that. . Now I have to decide if I''ll use it more.that would be a pattern. I''m not breaking up with Typepad but I did want to try out Medium.

The evolution of design to amplify flow

John Hagel

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).

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Culture And Design: Legacy Versus From Scratch

Adaptive Path

This collection of observations has made me realize just how deeply culture and cultural differences impact the practice of design. Culture and Design" is the overall theme I have chosen to write about in a series of posts covering the following topics: Culture of legacy and preservation versus culture from scratch. I think these distinct cultural traits inevitably influence us as designers. In France, I feel like legacy and heritage are part of the design constraints.

How Autism can Influence Design: In conversation with Steve Silberman

Adaptive Path

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?

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Instructional Design

Tony Karrer

Posts around instructional design topics, especially those related to instructional design around custom eLearning: What Clients Really Want The basis for many of the instructional design decisions. Top Ten Suggested New Year's Resolutions for eLearning Professionals Several instructional design patterns are discussed. The move of instructional design towards SME and user-generated content. Learning Design Different Now?

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Thoughts on Patterns and Writing on Medium

Mark Oehlert

So I wrote a post about patterns , something I actually think is very important. Its uncluttered design really brings you back to the writing. Third reaction - I need to understand better how to link Medium to Twitter or LinkedIn - maybe I can't and maybe that's part of the design - I just need to investigate that. . Now I have to decide if I'll use it more.that would be a pattern. I'm not breaking up with Typepad but I did want to try out Medium.

Designing for an uncertain world

Clark Quinn

My problem with the formal models of instructional design (e.g. Note: I let my argument lead where it must, and find I go quite beyond my intended suggestion of a broader learning design. However, most of our design models are predicated on knowing what we need people to do, and developing learning to deliver that capability. Instead, we should be doing pattern-matching and decision-making. Now think about learning design. We are seeing richer design models.

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A Crash Course in Design Thinking for Network Leadership Skills

Beth Kanter

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.

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[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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Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Patterns of Business Innovation in China and India

John Hagel

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.

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?

What Makes a Design Technologist?

Adaptive Path

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.

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Learning Design Tools (Demonstrations)

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

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.

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Design ‘debt’ and quality process

Clark Quinn

A tweet from Joshua Kerievsky ( @JoshuaKerievsky ) led me to the concept of design debt in programming. I started wondering what the equivalent in learning design would be. Obviously, software design isn’t the same as learning design, though learning design could stand to benefit from what software engineers know about process and quality. It’s clear we often take shortcuts in our learning design, and let’s be honest, we seldom go back.

How Autism can Influence Design: In conversation with Steve Silberman

Adaptive Path

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. JJG: This notion of building a better world for autistic people is where the work that we do as user experience designers really comes into play. She immediately saw that the design of the catwalk would not have been able to support the weight of the number of people who were expected to walk on it.

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The Future IMS Learning Design

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

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. The idea is to lead academics to a lightweight narrative, and having them design around it. So, what is the future of learning design?

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Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Retailers and Customers

John Hagel

Almost a decade ago, I detected an intriguing pattern regarding the unbundling and rebundling of firms (purchase unfortunately required). Of course, the pace and trajectory of unbundling (and related rebundling) differs across industries and geographies – the patterns are complex and fractal.

Learning Design in a Nut Shell

Tony Karrer

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?"

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The UX of Money: How Interaction Design Can Help

Adaptive Path

This is where interaction design can help. For anyone designing for consumer finance — banking, investing, billpay, money management tools, insurance providers or any business selling “savings&# as a value proposition (as a consultant, I’ve learned a lot through having had opportunities to touch all of these areas) — here are some design principles you can employ to make saving a little easier for us all: Create perceptions that motivate.

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How to Use Design Thinking to Improve Your Nonprofit’s Digital Strategy

Beth Kanter

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?

Shaming, safety, & misconceptions

Clark Quinn

Instead it was about whether the designers would feel proscribed from making real errors because of their expectation of learner’s emotions. Our errors don’t tend to be random (there is some randomness), but instead are patterned. Instead, as I’ve said , learning should be designed action and guided reflection. And that means we should be designing in these alternatives to the right action as options, and provide specific feedback. design