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Transcending Design
Lately I've been thinking of what lies beyond UX, beyond design.
Then I found other people have been thinking about it too.
This is a public notepad of that research.
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How My Mom Got Hacked

How My Mom Got Hacked | Transcending Design | Scoop.it
Navigating the nefarious, shadowy world of ransomware criminals.
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Cybercriminales con nociones de User Experience!

Me ha matado lo de "do you want to decrypt one file for free?"

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How One Boy With Autism Became BFF With Apple’s Siri

How One Boy With Autism Became BFF With Apple’s Siri | Transcending Design | Scoop.it

Just how bad a mother am I? I wondered, as I watched my 13-year-old son deep in conversation with Siri. Gus has autism, and Siri, Apple’s “intelligent personal assistant” on the iPhone, is currently his BFF. Obsessed with weather formations, Gus had spent the hour parsing the difference between isolated and scattered thunderstorms — an hour in which, thank God, I didn’t have to discuss them. After a while I heard this:

Gus: “You’re a really nice computer.”

Siri: “It’s nice to be appreciated.”

Gus: “You are always asking if you can help me. Is there anything you want?”

Siri: “Thank you, but I have very few wants.”

Gus: “O.K.! Well, good night!”

Siri: “Ah, it’s 5:06 p.m.”

Gus: “Oh sorry, I mean, goodbye.”

Siri: “See you later!”

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Precioso.  Hace más de una década Norman habló del tema (de paso inspirando -methinks- al osito de la peli Artificial Intelligence) Ahora está oucrriendo, del asistente (assistant) al compinche (sidekick)

http://www.jnd.org/dn.mss/chapter_6_the_teddy.html

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What Baboon Notebooks, Monads, State Surveillance, and Network Diagrams Have in Common: Bruno Latour at CHI 2013 | MIT Center for Civic Media

What Baboon Notebooks, Monads, State Surveillance, and Network Diagrams Have in Common: Bruno Latour at CHI 2013 | MIT Center for Civic Media | Transcending Design | Scoop.it

An individual, he says, "is not an atom but extends as far as all the entities that it perceives and with which it is in relation."

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Even if we're all connected to the same entity in the network, that entity is different for each of us. I am connected to the MIT Media Lab and Ethan Zuckerman is connected to the MIT Media Lab, but the Media Lab means something very different to each of us. Instead of seeing this difference as proof of the Media Lab, we should focus on the overlapping connections of monads. "We should abandon the key principle of impenetrability of entities and understand any 'whole' as the highlighting of some of its overlapping items."

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Buff, me acaban de desmontar la ideología de toda una vida.  De lectura imprescindible.

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How wealth of Silicon Valley's tech elite created a world apart

How wealth of Silicon Valley's tech elite created a world apart | Transcending Design | Scoop.it

For all their academic and business smarts, engineers and entrepreneurs often failed to connect society's dots, he said. They would grumble about the state of roads and schools but make no link to the low taxes paid by major tech companies. "There's a disconnect."

 

Jerónimo Mazarrasa's insight:

I am also collecting notes on different aspects of "the problem/s", meaning the source forces I feel are calling for a need to transcend desing. In this case, as it is wisely pointed out, the fact that technology/internet industry tends to see itself as a "world changer", a bringer of sollutions, etc. when in fact it can be isolated, and aloof.  A new elite. 

 

"Silicon Valley continues to create hugely popular products that generate fantastic wealth at the top; [but] there is no such thing as tech exceptionalism. The technology industry remains another special interest, as intent as the oil and pharmaceutical sectors on maximizing profits and minimizing its obligation to pay taxes. Why is this surprising? Because, as I wrote in the piece, millions of people seem to take technological innovation for a social and political revolution "

 

The author continues here http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/georgepacker/2013/05/silicon-valley-taxes-and-libertarianism.html

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If you build it - Trailer

If You Build It is a full-length documentary film that chronicles the students, projects, and work of our Studio H high school design/build program. Made by acclaimed filmmakers Patrick Creadon and Christine O’Malley, along with executive producer Neal Baer, If You Build It tells the stories of 13 students from Bertie County, North Carolina, who dreamed up a beautiful solution that would change the face of their hometown, then went out and built all 2,000 square feet of it. As their instructors, we were honored to work with them and lead them along the journey. The story exemplifies the power of hands-on education, the raw brilliance of youth, and the impact a few budding creative minds can have on the future of a community.

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Trailer for the documentary about the Studio H change-through-design program

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Perceived Practicality

On reading Morozov’s article on solutionism, some thoughts I have recently had were reflected. When I look at some of the projects I do at CMU, I often feel that they do not actually solve any real problems and the solutions they give to the problems even when they are not necessarily real, are superficial solutions which lack depth.

 

Everything is a timeline when it comes to projects, we have one week to come up with a solution to a problem we need to find in a day of what is called field work in which we are expected to empathize and identify problems people are having. The projects tend to be short, with deliverables and responsive to “needs.” This is similar to how I think projects in industry work, you need to make money fast so you go out, find a problem and come up with some brilliant app idea to solve it and then you launch it and things get better in the World.

 

This is practical, you don’t spend years thinking and getting at the real underlying problems that would have an important impact in our lives. But practical often feels incomplete and superficial. Depth of thought and identifying what is worth solving and how requires time and this is not practical because it does not deliver quickly and does not satisfy the immediate need to fix something that is perceived to be broken with some scotch tape.

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What's wrong with design

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How to Work with Designers

How to Work with Designers | Transcending Design | Scoop.it

This tension here is the source of many a morale woe with design: the more senior a designer, the more frustrated they’ll be if they do not fundamentally agree with the vision or strategy of the product.

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hear hear. the source of problem

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26 superb examples of agile marketing in action

26 superb examples of agile marketing in action | Transcending Design | Scoop.it

Agile project management is something that many tech teams have adopted in the past few years, to rapidly build and develop new products, and to finesse existing ones. There is a focus on sprints, and on getting things done quickly. Increasingly, we are seeing the signs that marketing teams are also becoming more agile

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Some hilarious marketing "conversations"

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The Information Sage

The Information Sage | Transcending Design | Scoop.it

After the publication of Envisioning Information, Tufte decided, “to be indifferent to culture or history or time.” He became increasingly consumed with what he calls “forever knowledge,” or the idea that design is meant to guide fundamental cognitive tasks and therefore is rooted in principles that apply regardless of the material being displayed and the technology used to produce it. As Tufte explains it, basic human cognitive questions are universal, which means that design questions should be universal too. “I purposely don’t write books with names like How to Design a Web Site or How to Make a Presentation,” he told me.

This attitude puts him in opposition, at least in his own mind, to much of the contemporary design world. As Tufte sees it, graphic design has become a tragic field, a rich and storied craft knowledge that has been taken out of the realm of “nonfiction,” as he calls it, and into that of “fiction,” or marketing and propaganda. He told me several times of his contempt for “commercial art,” the graphic design that is “part of a fashion and a style and will be different someday.” Most designers, he said, want to do something new each time. “But I’m interested in the solved problem,” he said. “I’m interested in high art and real science.”

 

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Meet Edward Tufte, the graphics guru to the power elite

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Emily Pilloton: Teaching design for change | Video on TED.com

Designer Emily Pilloton moved to rural Bertie County, in North Carolina, to engage in a bold experiment of design-led community transformation.
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A good starting point for Transcending Design.  They actually took a one year high-school teacher certificaction program, in order to be able to embed themselves in the community.

More here http://www.projecthdesign.org/

 

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