Tim Brown of Ideo is opening his Aspen Ideas Festival talk with a slide
presentation called “From Newton to Design”. He says he’s early in
thinking it through.
He points to a problem in how we’ve thought about design, trained
designers, and have practiced design. The great thing about designing simple
products is that you can know almost everything about them: who made them,
who they’re for, how they were produced, etc. But as products get more
complicated, it gets harder even for a team of designers to really understand
what’s going on. They get so complicated that there are lots of places
design can fail.
When we go out to urban planning , that becomes even more obvious, he says.
He shows Union Sq. when it was designed and how wildly NYC has grown around
it. Or, at the Courtyard Marriott chain, every element of the user’s
experience has been thought through. He ... (more)
From Shannon Clark, from a mailing list, with permission (and a very few
light edits because of its original mailing list context):
I just got back from Google IO - but couldn't hangout as long as I wanted to
this afternoon, but I did talk with some of the Wave team.
It is not yet released, they have published dev docs and are taking signups
for people who are interested and they are working on opening it up as
quickly as possible.
From what I've seen so far, it indeed looks exceptionally cool - and is very
important to the future of the web.
It is also, and this is a key point, t... (more)
I received this today:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TWITTER ATTEMPTS TO SHUT DOWN USOCIAL
Twitter has recently moved to shut down web promotions company uSocial.net,
by claiming the advertising agency is “spamming”.
According to uSocial CEO Leon Hill, Twitter recently sent accusations via a
brand-management organisation that uSocial are using Twitter for spam
purposes. Despite this, uSocial say the claims are false.
“The definition of spam is using electronic messaging to send unsolicited
communication and as we don’t use Twitter for this, the claims are
false.” Said Hill.
uSocial bel... (more)
I heard a speaker recently (he wants to remain anonymous) argue that because
the Internet makes public our every regrettable photo and expression, we will
see each other at our worst, and thus the Internet — and then the
real-world social world — will become a Hobbesian struggle of self-centered
individuals in a war of all against all. Nasty, brutish, short, and did I
Since my overall mantra is “The Internet is more of everything,” I want
to say, yes, that’s true, but it will also become more Rousseauian: more
collaborative and sweet. But I do have hope that the s... (more)
David Weinberger's Blog
An article in the WSJ today, which they have chosen to make inaccessible to
bloggers, reports that Google is talking to Verizon and Sprint about using
the Google phone operating system. Money makes such strange bedfellows!
Do I care just because I am a Google fanboy? Not exactly, although that does
amp up my excitement. With an open platform for development for mobiles, plus
Google's conquest of Jaiku for its mobile/presence capabilities — I am a
big fan of Jyri Engestrom, the founder of Jaiku, a smart and innovative
person devoted to the Net's common good —... (more)