Tag: Interaction Design

The “Good Enough” Culture

Imagine a completely normal paper clip. How many ideas can you generate for what else it can be used for? You have 2 minutes. Go. This exercise is one of the classic creativity tests to determine how skilled you are at brainstorming. The more ideas, the better. But how innovative are your ideas? There is […]

Why You Have to Design For Usage Scenarios

I hate my furnace. I really, really, can’t stand it. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever disliked anything as much as my furnace. Ever. What is it about my furnace that evokes such strong emotion and contempt for something that simply pushes air around my home? Functionally, the furnace does everything it is suppose […]

What is Great Design? Part 2

Ben Shneiderman wrote in his article Designing for Fun: The psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi talks about the flow experience of optimal performance when people are creatively facing challenges to achieve personal goals. When people are in the flow state they suspend their fears, put aside their anxieties, and engage fully in the experience of the moment. Concentration is intense, […]

What is Great Design? Part 1

As a User Experience professional I am often asked the age-old question, “So what makes a great design?” If you’re also in the design profession, perhaps your management has asked you to quantify it, break it down in to terms or numbers that business people understand. Maybe your CEO has “challenged” your company to create […]