Prototyping Risks when Design is Disappearing The following takes inspiration from Liz Sanders and Pieter Jan Stappers’ recent metahistorical editorial article which periodizes design as: 1980s – expert discipline-specific design of products on the basis of market research2010s – interdisciplinary designing of interactive experiences on the basis of participatory research through practice2040s – generalized co-design of sustainable systems  In this kind of visioning, a key shift is the movement of prototyping from a late stage testing device in the 1980s, through being a more front-end innovation tool currently, to designs, now understood as systems rather than things, being a kind of perpetual prototype. I would like to trouble this aspiration by taking into consideration some current design process trends.
The Sketchnote Workbook - Designer Mike Rohde The Sketchnote Workbook is a fully-illustrated book and video, showing how you can use sketchnotes in your everyday life to capture ideas, plan projects, document processes, and capture memorable experiences. The Sketchnote Workbook, the follow-up to the popular Sketchnote Handbook, shows you how to take the basic sketchnoting skills you learned in the Handbook and use them in new and fun ways. You think you have fun taking sketchnotes in meetings? What Makes A Good Data Visualization? Hi there. I’m David McCandless, creator of this site and author of two infographic mega-tomes, Information is Beautiful (2009) and Knowledge is Beautiful (2014). I’ve created a lot of data and information visualizations. Around 540 over six years. (An eye-bleeding, marriage-crumpling average of 1.7 per week). There are 196 in my new book, Knowledge is Beautiful (out now).
The Power of the Scribble Recently I was thumbing through Colin Ware’s book Visual Thinking for Design when I was reminded of the expressive power of lines. In his book, Ware shares the following exercise, which was conceived by the Italian psychologist Manfredo Masseroni. Masseroni wanted to help people understand how the magic of lines can be used as part of the creative design process. Make a few simple scribbles by moving a pen around in a large irregular looping pattern. Don’t think about anything while you do it. Here are my scribbles:
Visual Thinking What is Visual Thinking? Visual thinking is a way to organize your thoughts and improve your ability to think and communicate. It’s a great way to convey complex or potentially confusing information. It’s also about using tools — like pen and paper, index cards and software tools — to externalize your internal thinking processes, making them more clear, explicit and actionable. Step 5: #Sketchnotes: Icons and Concepts: Developing your own style. - Nuggethead Studioz Stylistic lettering accompanied by lines, arrows, and shapes may arguably be the fundamentals of basic sketchnoting. Sometimes the term “less is more” can apply to sketchnotes by using icons and conceptual objects to communicate the same thing as a sentence or bulleted list. A friend of mine in the comics industry once explained to me that telling a visual story requires as minimal lines as possible that still convey the message.
AnalyticsZone Blog Guest post by Noah Iliinsky, IBM visualization luminary. This is a continuation of a series of posts covering the Four Pillars of Visualization. If you haven't done so already, please read the introductory post and the post, "Purpose: the bedrock of an effective visualization." Now that we have determined our purpose (the why of this visualization) we can start thinking about what we want to visualize.
Sketchnotes - Designer Mike Rohde I've been hired by conference and event organizers to capture sketchnotes, live and in real-time, including GE, Summit Series, Leadercast, SXSW Interactive, An Event Apart, JESS3 and SEED Conference. I'd love to capture your next event with live sketchnotes or from recorded audio or video. Send a note and let's talk. The Sketchnote Handbook I wrote The Sketchnote Handbook with Peachpit Press (November 2012). AnalyticsZone Blog Guest post by Noah Iliinsky, IBM visualization luminary. This is a continuation of a series of posts covering the Four Pillars of Visualization. Please read my previous article , which describes these pillars as: purpose, content, structure and formatting.
AnalyticsZone Blog Guest post from Noah Iliinsky, Advanced Visualization Expert, IBM Center for Advanced Visualization This is the first of a series of five posts discussing the four pillars of successful visualizations. In this article I’ll introduce the four pillars and discuss why they’re in the order they’re in; and then in subsequent posts I’ll examine each pillar in depth and explain how to think about and use the concepts when building an effective data visualization. A successful visualization:
Vision in Product Design (The ViP approach) « BLUEHAIR: Strategy and Interaction in Product Design Vision in Product Design (the so called ViP approach) is a design framework developed in the mid 90’s by Paul Hekkert, Matthijs van Dijk and Peter Lloyd at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands. For those of you interested in innovation and design, my opinion is that this IS the way to go. And apparently a couple of big names such as Audi, Pininfarina, Nokia and Whirlpool also seem to think the same way. Here’s the scoop: AnalyticsZone Presents: Creating Effective Visualization Series with Noah Iliinsky The world produces more than 2.5 exabytes of data every day. Visualization is one key approach to gaining insight from this flood of big data. Visualization makes data accessible, and is one of the best ways to analyze and understand the huge volumes that we're accumulating. Visualization gives us fast access to actionable insight. And visualizations are compelling, often much more so than isolated facts or text.But, just as visualization is key to unlocking answers buried deep within our data, an ineffective or poorly designed or chosen visualization can hide the insight needed to make more informed business decisions.This five part IBM Analytics Zone webcast series will teach you how to design effective visualizations, so you will be able to understand your data, see what's important, and make the right decisions. The world produces more than 2.5 exabytes of data every day.
The only thing that matters Jun 25, 2007 This post is all about the only thing that matters for a new startup. But first, some theory: If you look at a broad cross-section of startups -- say, 30 or 40 or more; enough to screen out the pure flukes and look for patterns -- two obvious facts will jump out at you. First obvious fact: there is an incredibly wide divergence of success -- some of those startups are insanely successful, some highly successful, many somewhat successful, and quite a few of course outright fail. Second obvious fact: there is an incredibly wide divergence of caliber and quality for the three core elements of each startup -- team, product, and market.
A Guide to Control Charts Control charts have two general uses in an improvement project. The most common application is as a tool to monitor process stability and control. A less common, although some might argue more powerful, use of control charts is as an analysis tool.