links for 23 January 2007 – The Low Fidelity Prototyping Special Edition

Give me one good reason you can’t use User Centred Design in your project… Submissions Open!

I’m collecting reasons that you’ve heard or used as to why you can’t use a proper UCD (User Centred Design) methodology in your project.

Not just ‘yeah, I think about users when I’m doing the design’, but actually involving *real* users in your design process. Doing a proper UCD methodology.

How do you rationalise using UCD in your projects?

How have you heard other people rationalise it?

If you’re a UCD consultant, what reasons do you come up against and have to refute regularly?

Let me have ‘em.

Chatting with Bill Moggridge – Part One

DesigningInteractions

In December last year I was lucky enough to catch up with Bill Moggridge to chat about his new book, Designing Interactions.

My mission was to write a piece for Usability News (mission accomplished).

I recorded our chat and Bill was happy for me to share it with you all, so – apologies for the not so great sound quality – I hope you enjoy it!

In part one Bill talks about the process he went through to design/write the book (yes, there was a prototype involved!) as well as some thoughts on what factors are common where good interaction design is created.

(Duration: 10.02)

update: also check out Part Two (5.49) and Part Three (10.28)

Inaugural IA Bookclub [London]

Persuasive Technology
Finally! a place to go and talk about nerdy books that IAs love in safe, non-eyerolling company!

Yay to David Carruthers for kicking off the IA Bookclub which will meet for the first time in February to talk about BJ Fogg’s Persuasive Technology.

I read this book in the first year I was doing my Masters when I first ever heard of captology, and it really changed the way that I thought about design. I’m looking forward to re-reading it and hearing what everyone’s got to say about it! (And to see how my reading of it has changed over the past few years).

I’ll get onto it just as soon as I finish re-reading Inmates Are Running the Asylum. The first time I read that one was before the first dot com boom. The anecdotes and examples serve as massive flashbacks to that innocent time, but the guts of what Cooper has to say is just as inspiring as it ever was. Have you read it yet? It’s compulsary reading for anyone who’s anywhere *near* designing the way that people interact with technology.

Anyways, back to the book club. Here are the details:

what: London IA Bookclub
where: twentysix London, 1 Dorset street, London, W1U 4EG
(more directions)

when: 7 Feb @ 7pm
UPDATE: moved to 8 Feb @ 7pm
and back to 7 Feb again! (still 7pm)
UPDATE: Book Club is SOLD OUT! I think there might be a waiting list, but apparently we have 17 IA Geeks getting together to talk next week. Excellent!

twentysix are putting on some drinks and snacks, all you have to do is RSVP, read the book and come along!