I sneaked into the field before they put up all the signs (UXPin interview)

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A little bit over a year ago the lovely folks at UXPin interviewed me for their embarrassingly named “A Gaze at the Stars” interview series. I’ve been meaning to mention it here ever since:

1. How did you get started in the User Experience Design field? And what would be your advice to newcomers to the field?

I sneaked into the field before they put up all the signs.

I came from publishing, having worked as an editor, author, agent, packager, and publisher. When the web came along, I at first viewed it simply as a great new form of publishing. Because I worked on tech books, I had already formed some opinions about how to improve user interfaces but until I hit the web I lacked any formal process or techniques or avenues for becoming involved in the making of software.

The web democratized all that and gave me a chance to teach myself what we now call information architecture and to build interfaces out of HTML (and later CSS and scripting languages, etc.).

read the rest at UXPin…

Sketchnotes 2011

· Design, Events, Games, long story short, Press, Social Design, User Experience


Recently, my colleague Jerome Domurat showed me this bound collection of Eva-Lotta Lamm’s sketchnotes and I was pleased to be reminded of the beautiful one-pager she did of my “Playful Design” talk from UX Lisbon:

We are all Leonardo now (live) (recorded)

· Design, Events, Information Architecture, Press, User Experience

Video of my keynote presentation at this year’s Italian Information Architecture Summit in Milan is available on the event’s website (Video | Summit Italiano di Architettura dell’Informazione).

As it’s hosted on Vimeo, I’ll also embed it right here:

(V° Summit Architettura dell’Informazione – 1 from Italian IA Summit on Vimeo.)

I previously posted the slides from this talk under the heading My keynote from the Italian IA Summit.

Johnny Holland picks up on my call for tuneable experiences

· Press, User Experience

Renowned interaction design zine Johnny Holland reported on my keynote at UX Lisbon, writing, in UX LX: Day Three

Moving on to playing in the musical design — he believes we can turn our users into maestros, as an expert Illustrator user is much like a musician! — Crumlish provided a range of analogies (frameworks set up the rules, you need a bit of chaos for creativity, as in jazz). However, for me, his utterly inspired point was that of creating tunable experiences: “You don’t need to create a perfect experience, but instead one that’s tunable.”