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Economics Trend Watching

Economy in Germany: Shortage of Skilled Workers Reaches an All-Time High

According to a new survey by the Ifo Institute, based in Munich, a record 49,7 percent of companies are currently short of workers.

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Economics Trend Watching

Economy in Germany: The number of births has risen for first time since 2017

New figures from the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) show that the number of births in Germany rose slightly in 2021 for the first time since 2017.

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Design Readings

Watch Christina Wodtke’s “The Executioner’s Tale” talk at Interaction’14 | IxDA conference

Ideas are cheap. Execution is everything […]

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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 […]

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Design Innovation Readings Software

Watch Bill Buxton’s “Sketching Experiences” talk at the IIT’s Institute of Design Strategy Conference

Bill Buxton in this old — but still very relevant — talk advocates the need for global businesses to explore how design and design thinking can provide them with high-level, strategic value and competitive advantage […]

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Design Readings

Watch Cindy Chastain’s “the UX Professional as Business Consultant” talk at Interaction’13 | IxDA

We talk a lot about cross-channel experiences and how to address these new challenges as designers, but what about using our design skills, our hard won knowledge and empathy for customers to help companies decide what products and services will help grow their business? While companies are coming round to the value of customer experience, […]

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Information Technology Trend Watching

Listen to Alvin Toffler’s “Possibilities, Not Predictions” interview for NPR

Alvin Toffler’s talks about the 40th anniversary of the book “Future Shock”, the effect of rapid change holds insights into the present, and how we prefer to talk about the future in terms of Possibilities, Not Predictions […]

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Design Readings

Announcing the 2014 Interaction Awards Finalists/ IxD Awards

Three weeks ago, IxDA’s 2014 Interaction Awards global Jury met at Fabrica in Italy to review all of the shortlisted entries and choose the best examples of Interaction Design for 2014. IxDA is pleased to announce the finalists of the 2014 Interaction Awards, all of whom will be celebrated at Interaction14 in Amsterdam 5-8 of February, 2014 […]

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Innovation Readings

Watch William Ury’s ‘The walk from “no” to “yes” ‘ talk at TED

William Ury, author of “Getting to Yes,” offers an elegant, simple (but not easy) way to create agreement in even the most difficult situations — from family conflict to, perhaps, the Middle East. (Filmed at TEDxMidWest.) […]

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Design Readings

IxDA’s 2014 Interaction Awards Shortlist announced

The Interaction Design Association (IxDA) has just announced the shortlist of entries for the 2014 Interaction Awards. Out of the 350 projects submitted from around the world, 91 projects from 18 countries have been elevated for consideration […]