Category: Design

  • Impact of design on stock market performance has news on the economic value of design that has been published by the Design Council UK: Evidence for the link between shareholder return and investment in design has been scarce and anecdotal. An analysis of the British stock market has shown that companies that invest effectively in design, have outperformed the rest of…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Quotes about design

    Here is a list of quotes about design collected from

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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 chaos Creating chaos from order Copy from the best examples Information designers usually have to create order from chaos. Information overload does not mean “too…

  • 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…

  • Information Design reading list

    Prof. David K. Farkas has setup an interesting and valuable reading list for his Information Design class at the University of Washington.

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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]

  • 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]

  • 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…

  • Design weblogs

    Peter J. Bogaards maintains a list of design weblogs.

  • Domains of Design

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

  • 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.