Design hypothesis vs. Scientific hypothesis

As a comment to the Rotman Management design issue (pdf) magazine Victor Lombardi quotes Jeanne Liedtka from page 12: The most fundamental difference between the two, they argue, is that design thinking deals primarily with what does not yet exist; while scientists deal with explaining what is. That scientists discover the laws that govern today’s…… Continue reading Design hypothesis vs. Scientific hypothesis

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An MFA is the new MBA?

Beth Mazur on her IDblog: The May issue of Design Research News has a very interesting promo about the Harvard Business School (HBS) declaring the ‘Master of Fine Arts’ (MFA) as the new ‘Master of Business Administration’ (MBA)… essential for a business career. But they point to the online publication [PDF, 19 MByte] of the…… Continue reading An MFA is the new MBA?

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Quotes about design

Here is a list of quotes about design collected from designfeast.com.

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Gurus vs. Bloggers

Andrei Herasimchuk has posted the first Gurus v. Bloggers Design Shootout, comparing the sites of Richard Saul Wurman, Bruce Tognazzi, Peter Merholz, Jakob Nielsen, Edward Tufte, Gerry McGovern, Donald Norman, and Andrei himself against design bloggers Jeffery Zeldman, D. Keith Robinson, Andy Budd, Didier Hilhorst, John Gruber, Greg Storey, John Hicks, and Josh Williams. The…… Continue reading Gurus vs. Bloggers

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Donald Norman on mental models

Here is an interview with Donald Norman about the concept of mental models. It contains an interesting (and longer) passage about the possible relation between mental models and emotion: A mental model provides an immediate expectation about what you think is going to happen and the emotional system will evaluate that positively (positive affect or…… Continue reading Donald Norman on mental models

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Between life and death: There are just three design principles

Students love to ask this question: “Is there any common strategy to design?”. Then I usually reply: “Yes, clearly there are three simple common strategies!”. They are: Creating order from chaosCreating chaos from orderCopy from the best examples Information designers usually have to create order from chaos. Information overload does not mean “too much information”…… Continue reading Between life and death: There are just three design principles

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Self reference

I found this year-old posting over at Mark Bernstein about Clement Mok writing this in “Designers: Time for Change”: “In the ensuing years, the deadening effects of social turmoil followed by stagnation and, later, the sheer volume of work created by waves of economic expansion engendered an environment of complacency. Designers increasingly just scrubbed and…… Continue reading Self reference

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Designers at Microsoft

Robert Scoble: Are you really ready to know how Microsoft develops software for Longhorn? It’s simple: the graphic designers are now in charge.[…]Now, we don’t call them that. On the team I’m a part of we call them “Program Designers.” The title really hides what they do and how important they are.The program designer I…… Continue reading Designers at Microsoft

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Power of Design transcripts

I’m really glad someone put these notes from the speakers of the “Power of Design” conference online. Many ideas. Lots of things to talk about…

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Brenda Laurel on Design Research

“Brenda Laurel is editing a book called Design Research that’s coming out in December. Looks like an interesting mix of contributors – you don’t often see Darrel Rhea (weblog) and Eric Zimmerman both writing under the same cover.” [Brightly Colored Food]

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Visual Language Collection

Kris Krois: “Search this database of images that show examples of visual language. Define your search criteria using the select menues. The results will meet ALL the criteria. The more keywords you select the less hits you will get. (DUMMY ONLY ! THE REAL THING WILL COME…)” [owrede_log FB4]

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That Tricky Word, ‘Design’

Peter Merholz talks about dismissing the word »Design« in the marketing language of his company Adaptive Path: What’s wrong with “design”? Well, there’s nothing wrong with the practice, but plenty wrong with the word’s associations. […] Design, with a capital D, ought to stretch beyond tactics, and into strategy. Design methods are brilliantly suited to…… Continue reading That Tricky Word, ‘Design’

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Design weblogs

Peter J. Bogaards maintains a list of design weblogs.

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Domains of Design

This document defines the three terms information design, interface design and interaction design.

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Towards Designing for Adaption

Dan Hill about adaptive design. I think he is spot on with this presentation about what design means if everything gets dynamic, multi-purpose, interoperable and connective. These are characteristics that have not been there before and it has already changed how design works.

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