The Centrality of Design

Josh Brewer, Former Principal Designer at Twitter, explains the inherent benefits of designing your meetings, using prototyping, the value of design in leadership positions, infusing a company with design and sketching together.

Exploring the physical web

Today’s ‘smart devices’ are a product of the technology and mental models of our past. From a connected lightbulb to a robot vacuum, using most of these devices requires a native app. This in turn greatly limits their contexts of use. Can we really expect users to download an app to interact with a random ’thing’ they encounter at the mall, a space they explore for an hour at the museum, or a city they will only visit for a day? What devices could we build, what ‘smart’ environments could we enable if users could simply discover, “walk up and use”(and then if needed, abandon) these objects and environments as they do a web site?

Go through the above slide to explore some of the exciting possibilities of the Physical Web by Stephanie Rieger

Design in Tech Report 2016

Summary of the report is:
– Design isn’t just about beauty; it’s about market relevance and meaningful results.
– M&A activity continues in the design space, and it’s increased.
– Increasing the designers needed in the tech industry requires rethinking education.
– The adoption of design by public companies is only growing.
– Designers bring needed critical thinking/making in the economic case for inclusion.
– Work in the research labs from decades ago drives today’s startups. Be aware.

Nothing is original

Nothing is original, these are NOT the logos of Medium AirBNB, Flipboard, and Beats.
The above images are from Trademarks & Symbols of the World book.

This reminds me that “‘Don’t try to be original. Just try to be good.’ That sounds sort of naive but it’s true.” -Paul Rand

Imagining the Physical Web

“Some people say the web is dying, but I believe it’s just getting started. And what will kick it into overdrive is the Physical Web: the ability to discover, engage, and interact with smart devices (or that “dumb” tree over there) using nothing more than a browser.” – Stephanie Rieger