After Jeff Jarvis had his take on Google we had somebody from the inside – Bradley Horowitz.Horowitz was the man who advised Yahoo to buy Flickr and after redefining his role there he made them acquire Delicious. Previously he had formed Virage (video categorization engine) and sold it to Autonomy after dropping out of his degree at MIT Medialab where he worked on image categorisation technologies. (more…)
I read a post recently that illustrated how concept models are rarely used in the right way and are often misunderstood. Are they really worth doing at all?
Now seems a good time to expand on the tool that Dan Brown has popularised through his book Communicating Design. Not as simply a stand alone tool but one that can provide a blueprint for giving solid ROI on design, analytics and testing.
A recent article by Alex Iskold brilliantly captures the separations of where we imagine semantic search should be and the reality. Even if it were trying to knock Google off a top spot, what he highlights is that it would be an unnecessary exercise.
Google does its thing very well. Few would argue with that. Alex suggests that semantic search should do something completely different…
Bizarre as it may seem, this strange sketch helped me maintain focus during my recent MA in Design Practice. The mental model was a way of remembering the core elements of my learning contract – which effectively are elements of professional development.
The full essay is posted here with insights to reflective practice in the design arena. Iterative design processes owe much to action research – its all explained here
Just thought I would post a diagram of the UCD process that we are trying to implement at present. It works within an Agile process as long as you have the right dedicated UCD types in place (preferably two – one to stipulate and test and the other to do the work).
It has been simplified on purpose so you can sell it into board rooms with the minimum of audience drowsiness .