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Saturday, May 8, 2004

Jumping Barriers to Technology Adoption
I turned in my final paper for Design Seminar II: Jumping Barriers: Using Design to Aid Technology Adoption (129k pdf). It's written more for general audiences than for designers, but I think it came out pretty well. A good warm-up for writing my thesis paper next fall.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Researching Technology Adoption
For Seminar, I'm writing an 8-10 page essay on how Design can help overcome barriers to technology adoption (113k powerpoint). I'm looking for papers and case studies related to this topic, so if you know of any, please feel free to suggest them.

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Thursday, December 11, 2003

Reinventing Products
Some good advice from Chad had me think of my final paper for Design Seminar as more of a "date" than of something I was going to be married to. After coming up with, oh, 10 or 12 topics, I settled on Reinventing Products (48k pdf). It met my criteria of being not too theoretical while giving benefit to companies, designers, and users. Not sure if it will actually be my thesis topic, but it is interesting to consider as a possibility.

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Sunday, December 7, 2003

Damn You, Hong
Our final paper for Design Seminar is a brief examination of what we think our Master's thesis might be about and how that relates to the materials we've covered in class. Well, up until a few days ago, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what that was going to be: Making Addictive Products or How People Become Devoted to Products. But after our class on design ethics and a subsequent discussion with Hong, I'm probably going to abandon the idea altogether.

Those who profit the most from addictive products are the companies who make them, not necessarily those who use them. Yes, some addictive products are useful (email), fun (games), or both (IM). But when you see surveys like these that rank losing email more traumatic than getting a divorce, then clearly the benefits of addictive devices to mankind are questionable.

So it's back to the molten middle for ideas.

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Thursday, November 13, 2003

Form Paper
Lest you think that all we do are projects in Design school, I can tell you we occasionally write things as well. I spent a ridiculous amount of time writing this three-page paper on form (pdf 28k) for Seminar class.

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