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TED talks for the weekend

Posted in creativity, methodology, product design, theory, user experience by Dan on January 15, 2010

Three not-so-recent TED talks for your weekend viewing:

Don Norman on 3 ways good design makes you happy

Niels Diffrient rethinks the way we sit down

Tim Brown on creativity and play


Quotes on Design and the Useless Machine

Posted in creativity, emotional design by Dan on January 5, 2010

Another great site I discovered over the holiday is Quotes on Design. If you subscribe to the RSS feed, you’ll see new quotations posted every day.

Two of my favorites from the past week are:

If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.
Albert Einstein

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
James Joyce

Speaking of RSS, I’m going to take this opportunity to recommend Google Reader, the web-based tool I use to keep track of 200 different feeds (which I really don’t have time to read). I’ve tried quite a few different feed readers, but only Google Reader is both easy to use, designed well, and complete in its range of functions.

Finally, watch this video of “The Most Useless Machine EVER!” If no other machine does, THIS machine has character.

Creativity and innovation are not innovation and creativity

Posted in creativity, emotional design by Dan on January 4, 2010

Happy new year! I’m going to start off with a few things I missed since I last posted.

Uday Gajendar wrote an article about designing for panic. How do you design for the infrequent situation in which the user is panicked, anxious, stressed, and in a hurry? Some suggested strategies: “Panic! at the user interface.”

Andy Rutledge republished his (perhaps contentious) article that challenges the common understanding of creativity: “On Creativity.”

On a similar vein, Scott Berkun challenges the doubtful idea that “creativity” is the secret of innovation: “The secret about innovation secrets.”

Garrison Keillor and infographics

Posted in creativity, graphic design by Dan on December 18, 2009

They aren’t related, but I can put them in the same sentence: Garrison Keillor has some good advice and other thoughts on creativity and writing, and for your weekend amusement, you should check out this collection of “baseball infographics and other visual treats” and then use the Merry Newsinator to generate a personal newsletter for the holiday.

Ze Frank on creativity

Posted in creativity, interviews by Dan on November 24, 2009

I was going to post this last week along with the video about brain crack, but I didn’t want to detract from the primary topic of the day. So, here’s a written interview with Ze Frank about creativity.

Design and Innovation Daily will take a break for the holiday and return on Monday, November 30.

Eighteen and a half minutes off the lizard brain

Posted in creativity by Dan on November 23, 2009

It’s Monday. By now you’ve made some progress in executing the idea I told you to execute last week.

A few days ago I linked to this in passing, but given the current theme, I’ll post it again. To keep you going on this thing you started, watch Quieting the Lizard Brain by Seth Godin.

If you already watched it, then spend the next eighteen and a half minutes—the length of the talk—on your project.

Great day for a project

Posted in creativity, methodology by Dan on November 20, 2009

If you’re reading this, you either didn’t read yesterday’s post or didn’t follow the instructions.

So, listen to this talk by Merlin Mann.

Now, actually start something. It’s Friday—the best day to begin.

Brain crack

Posted in creativity, methodology by Dan on November 19, 2009

It’s Thursday. Watch this short video by Ze Frank about brain crack.

Now, don’t read this blog for the rest of the week. Close your laptop and go execute your idea.