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A Universal Declaration of Users’ Rights

We’re coming up on the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10. I’m a big supporter of this, and of Amnesty International, which works to protect these rights. Which got me to thinking: why isn’t there a list of users’ rights anywhere? What is the baseline that all users of every product everywhere should expect? So using the UDHR as a starting point, I drew one up.

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A Collection of Good “Internet of Things” Readings (late 2008 edition)

One of the reasons we formed Kicker was to help design the Internet of Things, to put humans into the web of objects. Lately, there has been a tremendous outpouring of really interesting talks, articles, and discussion around the Internet of Things that I thought would be worth sharing.

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Can You Buy Innovation?

It is much easier to buy innovative products (or buy the company that makes them) than it is to affect the underlying nature and operations of the company itself. Very few people get excited about a reorganization. Which is why I’m a firm believer in the tangible, in change via products.

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Courage as a Design Attribute

I’ve never given courage much thought until recently when I took the leap to start Kicker. But thinking about it, the more I realize that Jeff Lake is certainly right, and probably not just about designers. To be great in any field requires taking risks, and risks require courage.

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Products We Like: NeatDesk

One of the (many) design challenges we face in the next decade is how (and if) we convert the technology we already have, be it “dumb” electric appliances like toasters and stoves or simple objects like shoes and keys, into data that can be understood by smart machines like computers, mobile phones, etc.

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Interaction as a Material

Here are the slides from a keynote I gave at the 2008 Event Design Summit called Interaction as a Material.

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Touchscreens Subverting Democracy One Vote at a Time

As someone who is a supporter of touchscreen technology and its uses (and voting machines would fall into the excellent use category, if done properly), the problems with touchscreen voting machines are cringeworthy. Basic, basic errors that could have, should have been detected months and months ago. Errors both from a technical and a usability standpoint.

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Products We Like: Husqvarna’s Automower Solar Hybrid

It’s too bad Father’s Day is eight months away. And that I don’t have a lawn anymore, because I would definitely want one of these: the Automower Solar Hybrid.

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Review: Process

Most books about industrial design fall into two camps. On one side are the books that are pure eye candy: coffee-table like tomes with beautifully-lit product shots. On the other side are books like Making It: Manufacturing Techniques for Product Design which, while valuable, are also technical and not for the casual reader. In the middle is the book Process: 50 Product Designs from Concept to Manufacture.

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Takeaways from Robin Chase of Zipcar

Robin Chase, founder of Zipcar, spoke last night at one of the David H. Liu Lectures put on by Stanford’s Product Design Program. Here’s a few things I took away from it.

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