Excerpts: “It was interesting [working for an agency] because there was a breadth of problems to solve, but I never fully solved them; I never fully owned the problems I was working on. It’s a different thing to shape an idea, build a team around it, gain an audience, spend time getting to know your users, and grow a community—that takes time. No one is going to hire a consultant for three years to pull something like that off.”
“I am hesitant to say, “Follow your passion,” because I don’t believe in that. It has to be something that you are also good at and that the world finds valuable. I would love to go cycling all day, but the world does not find that valuable to the degree that I’m good at it (laughing). If you get really, really good at something, then it will almost certainly turn into your passion.”
Combining storytelling with research data can help you craft realistic scenarios to guide your design process. Getting to know the specific needs of your users allows you to address any potential problems they may have. As a consultant, Kim Goodwin uses her experience and expertise in working with teams to develop effective scenarios. In this podcast, Kim discusses the role that scenarios play in the design process with Jared Spool.
“Design […] is actually about taking an original idea and applying a point of view by translating it into presentable, tangible elements for ease of sharing with others.
No one typically cares how you got to the result—the battles, the compromises, the inspirations—they only know the final product.” - Design Is a Point of View: Seven Truths in Designing by Brett Lovelady
DrawTop: Now you can doodle on your laptop: Source: thedrawtop.com I’m not sure how useful this would actually be. It seems kind of a pain to either close your laptop screen or keep rotating your laptop back and forth. I think it would be great for an iPad if it had a flatter back. But I do think this is a fun product that some of you guys might find useful. For now I’ll stick to my office whiteboards or my Le Carré (Square) Notepads.