It’s hard to understate the pride I felt on behalf of my colleagues at Behavior when I read these words in Friday’s New York Times: “The Museum of Modern Artâ€™s elegantly plain exhibition of Georges Seuratâ€™s drawings begins with an unexpectedly extraordinary moment of computerized art viewing. Seuratâ€™s four surviving notebooks have been converted to electronic versions that â€” with a touch of a finger â€” visitors can flip through, page by digital page, from cover to dog-eared cover.”
One basic assumption of good experience design is that people fundamentally don’t like change. They can’t deal with it, it’s too risky, and changes will all too often lead to failures. But the human mind’s capacity to adapt to change, sometimes rapidly and seamlessly, can be astonishing.
Like a fish who doesn’t know that he is wet, I have no idea what it is like to not be a design thinker. And I suppose that, conversely, a lot of people who talk about design thinking have no idea what designers are actually taught. Are we really taught different skills than our MBA counterparts? Is there really something unique about what designers are taught, about how we think? To answer that question, I thought I’d talk about what I learned in art school.
Al Gore and Iron Eyes Cody. Go check out the original TV ads: Canoe and Horseback Whenever I am about to do something wasteful, like throwing a plastic bottle in the trash or turning the air conditioner on when it’s 74 degrees, my wife says these words to me: “Think of Al Gore.” The phrase, … Continue reading Think of Al Gore. Don’t be a Dick.
This is the least humiliating frame from my whole clip. I’ve recently started a swimming training program so I can competently complete my weakest part of the trifecta: Running, biking, and swimming. Hopefully by next summer I will be ready for my goal, to compete in the New York City Triathlon. An interesting aspect of … Continue reading Our Swimmer
I’ve always wanted to believe that rational scientific thought and creative/artistic thinking are not just incompatible, but that they are in fact closely linked. Both in my personal art projects and in my professional work as an interaction designer, artistry and science have always gone hand in hand. My peers and friends generally share this … Continue reading Creative Creationists
Going through my server logs the other day, I discovered that my series of articles from last summer, User Research Smoke & Mirrors, was a required reading assignment for a User Experience Design class at the National University of Singapore, taught by Mr. Raghavendra Reddy. In browsing the official site for the course, I was … Continue reading A View From Singapore
Hi! I’m Christopher Fahey and I’m a user experience designer. I live in Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York with my lovely wife Peggy (aka tinydiva) and two nearly-identical looking cats, Nike and Perseus. I was born and raised in Philadelphia and Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, where I built model castles, airplanes, and rockets, wrote my own … Continue reading About