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What Margaret Mead could teach techs
From Putting People First

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

Study interaction design in Denmark
From Putting People First

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...

Adam Greenfield towards a newer urbanism
From Putting People First

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...

Sweet to tweet
From Putting People First

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...

Book reviews of The Caryatids by Bruce Sterling
From Putting People First

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...

Media literacy and social action in a post-Pokemon world
From Putting People First

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...

Microsoft
From Putting People First

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...

Nissan interaction design team suffers to make future cars simple and painless
From Putting People First

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...

Web 2.0: a magic Ponzi scheme from a demon haunted world
From Putting People First

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...

Primates on Facebook
From Putting People First

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...

Two upcoming European conferences
From Putting People First

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...

Why enterprise software is so shockingly bad
From Putting People First

Why enterprise software is so shockingly bad

Programmer Michael Nygard thinks that the quality about some software that inspires love in their users, is totally devoid in enterprise software. “The best you...

Ethnographic research: a key to strategy
From Putting People First

Ethnographic research: a key to strategy

Ken Anderson, a senior researcher and anthropologist at Intel, wrote a short article for the Harvard Business Review on the importance of corporate ethnography:...

Open source and mobile banking
From Putting People First

Open source and mobile banking

After coming home from the Mobile World Congress, Mark Pickens, a microfinance analyst with CGAP

The three layers of handhelds user experience
From Putting People First

The three layers of handhelds user experience

Christian Lindholm, a partner and director at Fjord, argues that there are three layers in handhelds user experience: “The highest level I call Bling (this is because...

Nokia Siemens Network going for
From Putting People First

Nokia Siemens Network going for

The Nokia Siemens Network website and its forum site “Unite” contain a wealth of valuable articles and background papers: A huge amount of articles and whitepapers...

The Internet of Things in 2020
From Putting People First

The Internet of Things in 2020

In February 2008, the European Commission and an European industry working group (EPoSS) held a workshop on the Internet of Things, involving more than 80 experts...

How to keep innovating
From Putting People First

How to keep innovating

Microsoft Research Principal Scientist Bill Buxton outlines some counter-propositions to the idea of achieving mastery and the dogged pursuit of excellence: Always...

Book: Innovating for and by users
From Putting People First

Book: Innovating for and by users

Innovating for and by users Edited by Jo Pierson, Enid Mante-Meijer, Eug

Does UX still matter in tough economic times
From Putting People First

Does UX still matter in tough economic times

“Does UX still matter in tough economic times,” asks Temple University librarian Steven Bell on the blog “Designing Better Libraries”. “Promoting the user experience...
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