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March 2009


From The Eponymous Pickle

In Store Decisions

In Store Decisions

What triggers in-store purchase decisions? To state the obvious: many things. (registration required)


From Putting People First

What Margaret Mead could teach techs

What Margaret Mead could teach techs

Fortune Magazine profiles Dr Genevieve Bell, an Australian-born anthropologist and ethnographer, and the Director of User Experience in Intel Corporation


From Putting People First

Study interaction design in Denmark

Study interaction design in Denmark

Given the success of the pilot year, the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID) and the Danish Design School (DKDS) have decided to continue their collaboration in interaction design education. A year-long, graduate…


From Wild WebMink

Sunday Links on March 1st

Sunday Links on March 1st

OpenOffice.org User Survey 2009 Great sign that the developers know they aren't the only users of their software! Please take the survey and let the developers know what you use, how much you like it and what else they need to…


From Putting People First

Adam Greenfield towards a newer urbanism

Adam Greenfield towards a newer urbanism

Adam Greenfield, Nokia’s head of design direction for service and user-interface design, is frequently featured on Putting People First as his thinking is close to our own interests. According to his Twitter feed, he is not…


From Putting People First

Sweet to tweet

Sweet to tweet

The Financial Times has posted a very long analysis on Twitter as a social phenomenon: “In its deceptively simple way, Twitter has stumbled on a formula that a whole generation of recent web start-ups has been searching for:…


From Putting People First

Book reviews of The Caryatids by Bruce Sterling

Book reviews of The Caryatids by Bruce Sterling

Bruce Sterling’s new science fiction novel The Caryatids is out and is collecting its first reviews. Here are the ones I found so far: Cory Doctorow - Boing Boing “Bruce Sterling’s The Caryatids, my pick for best book of 2009…


From Putting People First

Media literacy and social action in a post-Pokemon world

Media literacy and social action in a post-Pokemon world

Cultural anthropologist Mimi Ito has posted a rough transcript of her (quite long) keynote address at the 51st NFAIS Annual Conference. “If I were to pick one thing that is profoundly different, it is the fact that making and…


From Putting People First

Microsoft

Microsoft

A new video from Microsoft shows in an elegant, if utopian way, what it might look like if all of those gadgets came together several years hence. Ina Fried of CNet News wasn’t entirely impressed: “The hardest thing for me to…


From Putting People First

Nissan interaction design team suffers to make future cars simple and painless

Nissan interaction design team suffers to make future cars simple and painless

With the help of a proprietary “ageing suit” that mimics the mobility and faculties of an elderly driver, interaction designers at Nissan Design Center were able to create a unique interior-concept prototype. “It is almost painful…


From Putting People First

Web 2.0: a magic Ponzi scheme from a demon haunted world

Web 2.0: a magic Ponzi scheme from a demon haunted world

Bruce Sterling keynoted last week on “The Short but Glorious Life of Web 2.0 and What Comes Afterward” at Webstock in Wellington. No video is (yet) available, but American journalist Annalee Newitz was there and she reports: Sterling…


From Putting People First

Primates on Facebook

Primates on Facebook

The Economist calls in primatologists to better understand the limits of Facebook: “Perhaps additional friends are not free. Primatologists call at least some of the things that happen on social networks


From Putting People First

Two upcoming European conferences

Two upcoming European conferences

IRealize Turin, Italy 9-10 June 2009 It’s still early days for this conference that presents itself as “two days aimed at identifying unsolved problems, suggesting possible (technological?) solutions and stimulating the creation…

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