Home Manufacturing – Industrial Revolution 2.0

1931045_36686566429_1274_nOk, so that title ‘Home Manufacturing – Industrial Revolution 2.0’ sounds dramatic and the point of the article is not that it’s a dramatic thing; but that this revolution is a real long term potential and the trend is emerging now. If we look around us these days, there is an increasing demographic of DIY-er’s; that includes people into 3D printers, crafters and any number of other creative things people are ‘manufacturing’ on their own. I have even seen a homemade robotic factory made of Lego Mindstorms. Continue reading

Design Process in 10 minutes or less – Part 2

Visual Designsok so 10 minutes seems to take me more like 30 to actually write out so here goes the last half.  One thing to keep in mind design is not a set rule where you must do this and this and this.  Experience Design is a cycle of creativity, feedback and working towards a creative goal.  My way might not be your way but if I’m going to teach you lets start by what works consistently for most UX designers I know.

Step 7… at this point we have our Hifi wires?  did we get feedback?  at this point its time for a really good detail review, with stake holders and users separately.  You need their input on what makes since or doesn’t and on what works visual and does.  Asking lot of questions like can they figure out how to do x? and incorporate what is logical into the design. Continue reading

Design Process in 10 minutes or less – Part 1

wiresRunning around being a CTO leaves me little time for creative tasks that I so love.  Last week or so I was asked by a design intern more or less what my design process (and by design process I mean their experience design process) is and or what THEIR’s should be, my response was about 10 minutes of what I felt they should start with in terms of a design process… Continue reading

The Coming of Digital Crack…

Crack-AddictionHave you ever been in public, sitting and looking at those around you when you realize everyone around you is all looking at their phones? IPhones, Android maybe a black berry or a windows phone now and then, and now Google Glass? What is it that draws us in? The latest tweet? Instant communication with our friends or access to virtually all of mankind’s collective knowledge at your fingertips? In many ways, it is abstracting us from each other, where we are losing touch with reality or with the world around us. Many times people are so lost in the digital world around them that they don’t see what ‘is’ around them.

And it is only getting worse… Continue reading

Custom Applications for the Masses

screen3In the beginning there was machine language and it was good…

But a huge pain for humans…

The word was to make an abstracted higher level language for programming and it was good….

But low the average man could still not write assemble code either,

And by and by it was abstracted again and a high language was born and it was good

But low yet again the average man could not write C++ and low yet again higher

languages where made and they worked… Continue reading