Archive for Inspiration

Eyes on the Road!

Cars and smart phones do not mix, at least not well. According to the Official US Government Website for Distracted Driving (yes, it’s that bad), thousands of people are killed each year in accidents involving a distracted driver, and the numbers are steadily climbing. There…

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Creativity Is Not A 9-5 Job

Design is an applied art, where creativity is married to business. Creativity and business are not always particularly compatible. One stays up all night, bingeing on brownies, exhaling the stars, while the other wakes with the birds every morning and captures the flag. True creativity…

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Viva La Fidget

Humans run on energy. We have lots of it. Sometimes it comes out in quirky ways. We squirm around, tap our feet, twirl our pens… even when we’re tired and lethargic, we gulp down some coffee and KAPOW! we’re back to being our twiddling, jiggling,…

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What I learned about technology from my dog…

What I learned about technology from my dog… Dogs understand, communicate and serve like any good robot should. By observing my dog, I came to appreciate how to design interfaces that could properly communicate with people. Dog is man’s best friend, right? That’s because they…

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I Hate Technology

I hate technology. Seriously, nothing can make me as angry as technology can, because technology doesn’t care about me. I mean this literally. It has no emotion, so it can’t care. What’s worse is it can’t even fake it properly. It’s totally oblivious! It doesn’t…

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Why Technologists and Designers Should Be BFFs

Technologists and engineers develop amazing new possibilities. But if no one understands how or why to use the technology that brings these possibilities to life, the technology is essentially useless.  It is an unfortunate dilemma. Sure, the technology is great. Sure, it is unique. Why…

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The Pencil

An interface so easy even a toddler can use it. I do a lot of drawing. By this I mean to say I make very large drawings that require hours and hours­, days and days, of focused energy with one particular instrument: the pencil. Spend…

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Jody at IDSA: the full talk

On August 16, 2012, Kicker’s Jody Medich presented a talk at the IDSA 2012 International Conference in Boston, MA. Jody’s talk “Design for Physical Thinking” was part of the design education series and it was based on the idea that people are physical beings and…

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Design for Physical Thinking

On August 16, 2012, Jody presented a talk at the IDSA 2012 International Conference in Boston, MA. Jody’s talk “Design for Physical Thinking” was part of the design education series and it was based on the idea that people are physical beings and their mental…

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pan.el (noun): a group of persons gathered to conduct a public discussion

A Discussion on Multimodal Interactions At this year’s D3 conference, participants selected one of three afternoon tracks, designed to deepen the conversation around natural user interface. There were two panel discussions, in addition to a workshop on prototyping natural interactions. One panel was called “Designing…

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New blog post: Eyes on the Road! Or why my car should NOT be a giant smartphone on wheels: http://t.co/O4Z8OJ3N6S4 hours ago