Talks & Workshops User Experience

Designing Interactions / Experiences: The Design of Experiences

This is the 5th (fifth) lecture of the “Designing Interactions / Experiences” module I’m teaching at Köln International School of Design of the Cologne University of Applied Sciences, which I’m honored to give by invitation of Professor Philipp Heidkamp. In this lecture, we discuss the different design artifacts typically produced during the ideation stage […]

China Economics Trend Watching

Watch Thomas Friedman’s “The World is Flat 3.0” talk at MIT OpenCourseWare

Back in 2000, Tom Friedman recounts, the world began to shrink and flatten, under the influence of digital interconnectivity. Elaborating on his World is Flat thesis, Friedman describes how this new global order puts creative, entrepreneurial individuals in the driver’s seat, and poses distinct new challenges and opportunities. The digital platform that connects Bangalore, Boston and Beijing enables users from any of these places to “plug, play, compete, connect and collaborate,” and is changing everything, says Friedman […]

Design Readings

Watch Timothy Prestero’s “Design for people, not awards” talk at TED

Timothy Prestero thought he’d designed the perfect incubator for newborns in the developing world — but his team learned a hard lesson when it failed to go into production. A manifesto on the importance to design for people’s real-world use, rather than accolades […]

Design Economics Information Technology Innovation Trend Watching

Watch “What we’ve Learned from 5 million Books” talk at TED by Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel

Have you played with Google Labs’ NGram Viewer? It’s an addicting tool that lets you search for words and ideas in a database of 5 million books from across centuries. Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel show us how it works, and a few of the surprising things we can learn from 500 billion words […]

China Consumer Behavior Economics Trend Watching

China, Socialism & Consumer Behavior: World’s top luxury brands compete to tap Chinese market

Prominent luxury brands are scrambling to get a slice of the competitive Chinese market. The 2011 Tianjin International Luxury Exhibition was held recently, right after the World Luxury Association WLA released its 2011 annual official report recently in Beijing […]

Innovation Trend Watching

Watch Kathryn Schulz’s “On being wrong” talk at TED

Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we’re wrong about that? “Wrongologist” Kathryn Schulz makes a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility […]

Design Inspiration

AIGA’s Artist Video Series: Paula Scher

Hillman Curtis, in his video series, allows us to experience leading designers through sound and motion, uncovering what it is about them that inspires him. Watch Paula Scher’s video […]

Design Innovation

Watch Free Flow’s “3D Computer Interface” demo

Utilizing the theory of electrostatics, a group of 5 electrical and computer engineering students from Northeastern University in Boston have designed a low-cost human-computer interface device that has the ability to track the position of a user’s hand in three dimensions. Physical contact is not required and the user does not need to hold a controller or attach markers to their body. To control the device, the user simply waves their hand above it in the air […]


Paula Scher’s “Great design is serious, not solemn” talk at TED

Paula Scher looks back at a life in design (she’s done album covers, books, the Citibank logo …) and pinpoints the moment when she started really having fun. Look for gorgeous designs and images from her legendary career […]

Design Software

Autodesk Assistance Program for Unemployed Designers, Engineers, and Architects in All Industries

Autodesk has announced the Autodesk Assistance Program which will offer free student software term licenses, free online training, reduced cost classroom training, and a path to certification for unemployed designers, engineers, and architects in all industries […]