Agile From The Start

"In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move." -Douglas Adams An entire project can be made or broken by a good or bad start. Creative projects, whether designing the Universe or a website, often get off to the wrong … Continue reading Agile From The Start

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Syncing Your Body To The Cloud

"Nosce te ipsum." (Know thyself.) The age of cyborgs is arriving, but quietly and without the violence and invasiveness of the Terminator or The Borg. Certainly there are surgically implanted devices under development for everything from the automatic administration of drugs such as insulin to artificial organs and bionic body parts. What's happening more subtly … Continue reading Syncing Your Body To The Cloud

Convergence is Done. This is What’s Next.

A couple of months ago I received a group email from a media studies instructor with a link to a story about Twitter reporting on Super Bowl advertisements, and the sender declared it to be "Convergence in the media!!!" (Yes, there were three exclamation marks).  I scratched my head at this, because it was just … Continue reading Convergence is Done. This is What’s Next.

Experiential Design in a Shot Glass

A technology entrepeneur named Brett Cramer, founder of the Spice Lab, is obsessed with salts.  He buys them by the container-load (I mean those small house-sized shipping containers) from all over the world--Himalayan salts, Hawaiian salts, smoked salts, spicey salts, etc. etc.--and sells them to foodies and gourmets.  If you think salt is just salt, … Continue reading Experiential Design in a Shot Glass

Some Thoughts on Creative Leadership

"A creative leader is one who leads with dirty hands, much the way an artist's hands are often literally dirty with paint." -John Maeda In his book Redesigning Leadership, John Maeda charts his own journey learning how to be an effective leader as the President of the RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), a position … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Creative Leadership

UX Design is Impossible. So How Do You Do It?

"Nightlife design is a set design for a play that hasn't been written." -Serge Becker, Experience Designer It's sometimes said that UX design is impossible because you can't design the user.  People are slippery and individualistic and won't behave the way they're supposed to.  The UX designer profiles user personas, writes narratives, defines parameters and … Continue reading UX Design is Impossible. So How Do You Do It?

The Higher Education Innovation Deficit

"There is a discrepency between the acceleration of culture and the slowness of architecture." -Rem Koolhaas This quotation by the architect Rem Koolhaas could be adapted as follows: There is a discrepency between the acceleration of culture and the slowness of higher education.  Culture, learning, and knowledge have in many ways far outpaced our universities. … Continue reading The Higher Education Innovation Deficit