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Why be an interaction designer

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

From Dan Saffer’s latest article:

Why Be an Interaction Designer?

So you can change the world, of course. Sure, it might look like we’re tinkering with buttons and drop-down menus and jog dials, but really what we’re doing is changing our world—one little bit at a time—making it more humane. We help people do their everyday tasks whether they are playing a game, saving a life, or moving money from one account to another. We’re injecting the world with our values: what we think is useful, usable, pleasurable, and good. And that’s not a bad job to have.

That’s why I’m an interaction designer.

How do you know you’re too tired to continue?

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

How do I know I’m too tired to continue working? I was just looking for a file called ‘iawiki.png’ and wondering why it wasn’t at the top of an alphabetical list.

How do you know you’re too tired…

On being stupidly busy

Monday, August 7th, 2006

I’ve written so little of substance here recently – a couple of longish posts and a bunch of announcements. I’m not particularly happy about that – I’d prefer to be writing meaty posts than announcements. But the announcements show why I haven’t been able to write substantial posts. I am more overcommitted than usual – working, writing, preparing workshops and talks.

I’m still thinking hard as ever about a whole range of things, particularly related to designing and learning to design, but I have no brain-time to tell you about them.

I looked at my studio today and realised that my loom has been bare for almost a year, my sewing machine is covered in dust and the chairs I upholstered 8 months ago are still unassembled. My beautiful sunny studio is turning into a haven for projects I might be able to do when life slows down a bit. My garden is knee deep in weeds that will take me weeks to remove.

So I’m going to hunker down for a few weeks and try to knock over all the extras, so I can get back to the stuff I want to be doing. Don’t be surprised if things are quieter than usual here.

10 questions for me

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

Ten questions for Donna Maurer

In which I talk about why I love IA, why I hate usability, the importance of thinking, some sage advice and a book plug.

IA workshop in New Zealand

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

I’m teaching a full-day information architecture workshop in Wellington, New Zealand, organised by my friends at Optimal Usability. I’m really looking forward to it and hope to talk to some of you there.

More details here: Information Architecture – Theory and Practice