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Designing science

Title: Bringing Design to Science Context: When design and science work together, the outcomes are exponentially greater. It’s just science. Synopsis: Designers are indeed artists in a very real sense. We interpret contexts to yield results that communicate truths to

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Scary monsters

Title: Design thinking and haunted houses Context: If at first you don’t succeed, spook, spook again. Synopsis: No one wants to deliver their customer a miserable experience. Well, almost no one. If your job is to scare the bejeezus out

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Title: Design in Tech Report 2017 Context: If you’re a designer (and I’m assuming that you are) then good news: one day soon, business might actually start to perhaps appreciate what you bring to the table. Synopsis: The value of

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Graphic Artists USA logo

Title: Nixon, NASA, And How The Federal Government Got Design Context: Remember the time when the federal government placed a premium on the power of design? Why are you laughing? Synopsis: President Ronald Reagan used to stump with an old

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2017 UX Year in Preview

Title: The State of UX in 2017 Context: 2017 is going to be an interesting year. Also, some cool and crappy UI’s will be designed. Synopsis: What does the future hold? Only a fool tries to predict an answer to

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Redesigning the wheel

Title: Makeover Mania: Inside the 21st-Century Craze for Redesigning Everything Context: There is nothing new under the sun. Which is why it all should be redesigned from the ground up. Including the sun. Synopsis: People get used to the familiar.

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Title: What’s With All Of The ‘Hairy Arms’ In Graphic Design? Context: Distraction is the better part of design valor. Synopsis: Many times, opinions are given simply for the sake of being heard. Or worse, just because someone’s position allows

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Rascist Snapchat filter

Title: Discrimination by Design Context: Design is pretty fly…if you’re a white guy. Synopsis: Women? People of color? Disabled? Poor? Sorry, I don’t seem to have a persona for any of you. But I’m sure you’ll all be fine with

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Keep calm and embrace technology

Title: Calm Technology Context: Rather than doing more, better, faster perhaps technology should instead take a chill pill once in a while. Synopsis: We all know what technology is about: speed, ubiquity, efficiency, choice, distractions, confusion, panic! Hold on. Seem

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Really badly designed auto gear shifter.

Title: Looks Can Kill: The Deadly Results of Flawed Design Context: Sometimes the end-user impact of a poor design is a lot higher than “I don’t like how this works.” Synopsis: No designer sets out to intentionally kill his or

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Title: Unpleasant Design & Hostile Urban Architecture Context: When bad experience equals good design. Synopsis: Most design should be devoted to making people’s lives intentionally better. No, that’s not a misprint. I purposefully did not use the opening phrase “All

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Connected complexity

Title: The Internet of Things Needs Design, Not Just Technology Context: We’ve finally hit the point where we all agree that technology without design is bad, right? RIGHT?!?! Synopsis: A fully networked world is coming. Your toaster will talk to

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Traffic jam participation

Title: Design as Participation Context: Who should we be designing for? Nothing like a dense academic treatise to answer an otherwise straightforward question. Synopsis: Designers design for users. This is dogma. Fact. Law even. That’s basically our job description. Users

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Urinal layout designed by an idiot.

Title: The UX of UP: Urinals and Usability Context: All UX designers must wash their hands before returning to work. Synopsis: UX can be found all around us. Yes even…in there. Our natural bodily functions — as gender-specifically universal as

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Pixar's design process

Title: 4 Design Lessons From The Pixar Team Context: Pixar doesn’t just “make” movies, they design them. And like all design, they have a process. Synopsis: Creative genius is messy. You could not possibly recreate the superlative talents of a

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