Category Archives: social design

Design is a good story

(I’m going to build out the ideas for the talk I’m giving in April here. This post will be incomplete and changing.) (tl;dr: There are many stories in design, first the stories a team tells each other about what they want to make, then the stories describing what to make, then the story an audience or users […]

Experience Design: Reasonable Conclusions

[Note: I have tried to distill a set of ideas about the kind of design that I am most used to doing. Much of these ideas are based on other smarter people’s work. This is more of an exercise in putting down what makes sense to me than advocating for a particular approach, which depends, […]

Apple’s iBooks Author Does not Create a Book

After almost a thousand years of trying it out, I think it’s safe to say that the book as a way of publishing things is a success. Yet all the things that make books work are being abandoned in the latest tool to make ebooks. A “book” still means something made out of paper-like material; […]

nook color is another crippled reader

A lot has changed in the past year in the ebook world; the ePub format has gained a lot of interest and activity as an open format. Open standards are, of course, the reason that the Web has had its spectacular growth and vibrancy as a new medium, so you’d think that the creators of […]

design and agile

New methods for managing people making Web sites are big these days, with the most popular being Agile. Basically it boils down to making a small team of builders completely responsible for a project, and enforcing constant communication as people work on it in well-defined chunks. There are many engineer/programmer proponents for this, but few […]

Republican House Districts Emit More Carbon per Capita

Shown are U.S. House districts (average population of 650,000 people), red for Republican and blue for Democrats, with districts that emitted more carbon per capita last year shown in darker colors. I discovered project “Vulcan” at Purdue University, which is mapping carbon emissions on a detailed level in the US; very cool. I wondered whether […]

sharable media design convergence

Twitter, Friendfeed, and Facebook have seemingly converged on what has become the major reason to be connected to others on a social network: sharing short updates, links, photos, etc. A concept for mozilla’s Firefox also looks similar, and lifts ideas from iTunes to help organize things. The designs share some major elements: Publisher an area […]

don’t hate the designers

Douglas Bowman had to quit Google, and Valleywag explains it all for you (to hell with Owen!). I had a similar experience at Yahoo, so I’m only surprised Douglas lasted this long. The comments on Valleywag are really sad though; a palpable hostility towards “precious,” “childish,” “short-sighted” designers (you can look for yourself, I’m not […]

New York Times Election Results: County by County

Beautiful maps from the New York Times (Times Digital) team!

getting a feel for what’s out there in the world

There are lots of bits and pieces of information around that seem to tell you about what’s going on in the world, but even the best of these are, finally, someone’s subjective judgement call, what they think is happening. They may be professionals, etc., but I want to get a feel for myself of what’s […]