Archive for July, 2009

3 Ways the Brain Creates Meaning

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Tom Wujec gives a TED talk on how meaning is created by the brain. The success behind sketching techniques are also touched upon. Tom’s ideas to some degree also overlap with Dan Roam’s book, Back of the Napkin, where the whats, hows, whys, and whens all collide together to form stronger meanings. Seeing is definitely an active process, which both authors share.
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Design the Conversation

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Here is an interesting talk by Paul Pangaro on Designing for Conversation. It’s filled with little insights suggesting to actively design conversations and choosing the participants wisely. Conversations after all are said to give rise to variety through its participants which in turn lead to design possibilities. Feels like the design loop closes in on itself through conversation.

The Anatomy of Prototypes

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

A very good (PDF) read on prototyping – The Anatomy of Prototypes. The article explores manifestation dimensions of prototypes and extends the more popular dimension of fidelity to less talked about dimensions such as scope and material. Then the idea of prototypes as filters is proposed where through their incompleteness, only the qualities of interest are made visible.

Y.-K. Lim et al, write about two prototyping principles:

Fundamental prototyping principle:
Prototyping is an activity with the purpose of creating a manifestation that, in its simplest form, filters the qualities in which designers are interested, without distorting the understanding of the whole.

Economic principle of prototyping:
The best prototype is one that, in the simplest and the most efficient way, makes the possibilities and limitations of a design idea visible and measurable.