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Designing for Interaction: Rough Cuts Version Available

I’m not sure why you would want this, but if you simply can’t wait until August to start reading my book, you can now order and download the Rough Cuts (pdf) version.

CMU Service Design Conference

My alma mater is starting a yearly design conference, this year focusing on service design. Ignore the muddled and garish design of the teaser website: it should be a good conference.

RIP Jane Jacobs

I worked in New York’s SoHo several times over the years. To get to my office from my apartment in Hoboken, I usually got off the Christopher Street PATH station and walked my favorite New York walk through my favorite part of Manhattan: the West Village. Hudson Street to Barrow Street, then the tiny, twee stretch of Cherry Lane to Bedford Street, and down Barrow Street, near old speakeasys and Edna St. Vincent Mallay’s house.

Thank you, Jane Jacobs, for fighting so that I could see it.

Interview Excerpt: Luke W

Posted an excerpt from my interview with Yahoo designer Luke Wroblewski over on the book site. Enjoy!

How to Teach Interaction Design

He wants to be an interaction designer and you gave him some articles from Cooper and uiweb?

Tsk. Tsk. Tsk.

MUNI: Unofficial Fight Club

Today is the 100th anniversary of the 1906 Earthquake here in San Francisco. Our public transportation system, MUNI, decided to celebrate by not collecting fares today. So, this being San Francisco, every mentally-ill, crack-addled, drunken, shoeless inebriate took advantage of this and was on MUNI today. I got into a fistfight with one of them.

Studio 60: Setting My TiVo Now

How much am I looking forward to Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip? Let’s just say that not since the second episode of Twin Peaks have I anticipated a TV show more.

Review: Everyware

It will be hard for any interaction designer to read Adam Greenfield‘s Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing without feeling like the work we’re doing now is rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

Redesign Reorientation

An observed phenomenon: when a product or service does a major redesign, long-time users will freak out. But if the design is better than the previous one, they will eventually get over it. I’ve watched it happen with the New York Times redesign.

I’m calling this phenomenon redesign reorientation.

More Designing for Interaction Interview Excerpts

I’ve posted more interview excerpts from Designing for Interaction recently, namely