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Design thinking, explained - #essentialReading for #digital #transformation professionals via @MIT @HBR

Design thinking, explained - #essentialReading for #digital #transformation professionals via @MIT @HBR | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Coming up with an idea is easy. Coming up with the right one takes work. With design thinking, throwing out what you think you know and starting from scratch opens up all kinds of possibilities.

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WHY IT MATTERS: design thinking is an essential skill to have when planning digital transformation. Us techno geek have been used to doing this for so long because of the prevalence of agile methodology in our world. Seems that it is not so in other functions of the organization. 

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The ForeSee Experience Index for #Retail provides Customer Experience Insights and shows how #omni-channel crosses between store, web and mobile

The ForeSee Experience Index for #Retail provides Customer Experience Insights and shows how #omni-channel crosses between store, web and mobile | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Analyzing data gleaned from 40,000 shoppers, the Retail CX Insights report (the companion publication to our Retail CX Rankings) helps you understand the most important customer experience trends in retail, including:

How top-scoring brands learn to calibrate with customers
What the new customer journey reveals about technology and personalization trends
How brands like Apple, Tractor Supply, and Williams Sonoma are winning on CX
Why flexible fulfillment is changing buyer expectations

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WHY IT MATTERS: omni channel is an important consideration to include in any technology strategy because customers expect to move across digital channels without effort.

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Blade Runner 2049 misses rise of creative #artificialIntelligence #generativeDesign via @conversationCA

Blade Runner 2049 misses rise of creative #artificialIntelligence #generativeDesign via @conversationCA | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Blade Runner 2049 misses modern strides in artificial intelligence, which is now capable of performing creative work alongside humans. The newly-emerging field known as “generative design” seeks to incorporate the computer more actively into the design process. In these kinds of computer applications, the designer uploads a “seed geometry” — akin to a keyframe reference drawing an animator might use — and then sets a series of requirements ranging from the aesthetic to the functional. The software then searches through a series of procedurally-generated designs based on the seed geometry and surfaces those that meet the requirements. The designer can select one of these “solutions” for production or to function as the next seed geometry and the process begins again.

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WHY IT MATTERS: the article explains how generative design work and will transform the creative process in the near future. It manages quite well to show how it is difficult to forecast the future and that movies - the example they use is blade runner - fails to see important new transformative technologies.

I wrote about generative design tools and solutions in the past here http://sco.lt/8ookan 

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What is Generative Design?

What is Generative Design? | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

If you’re a designer or engineer in the building, infrastructure, or manufacturing industries, you have probably heard about generative design, and maybe you’re excited—or skeptical. Or maybe you’re wondering, what is generative design? Will it pave the road for a new future of making things? Or will artificial intelligence usurp entire governments to become the overlords of 

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WHY IT MATTERS

Very simple explanation of generative design with lots of practical examples of its use.

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Project Dreamcatcher #AI #generativeDesign systems offer of glimpse into the future of #Design @Autodesk

Project Dreamcatcher #AI #generativeDesign systems offer of glimpse into the future of #Design @Autodesk | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

What if a CAD system could generate thousands of design options that all meet your specified goals? It’s no longer what if: it’s Project Dreamcatcher, the next generation of CAD. Dreamcatcher is a generative design system that enables designers to craft a definition of their design problem through goals and constraints. This information is used to synthesize alternative design solutions that meet the objectives. Designers are able to explore trade-offs between many alternative approaches and select design solutions for manufacture.

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Companies are starting to use generative design algorithms based on AI technologies to explore thousands of design options rapidly. Autodesk presents here its dreamcatcher project and describe how that is possible.

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Algorithm-Driven Design: How #AI Is Changing Design

Algorithm-Driven Design: How #AI Is Changing Design | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

I’ve been following the idea of algorithm-driven design for several years now and have collected some practical examples. The tools of the approach can help us to construct a UI, prepare assets and content, and personalize the user experience. The information, though, has always been scarce and hasn’t been systematic. However, in 2016, the technological foundations of these tools became easily accessible, and the design community got interested in algorithms, neural networks and artificial intelligence (AI). Now is the time to rethink the modern role of the designer.

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WHY IT MATTERS

We think of AI having an impact in fields that require human repetitive work but rarely think it applies to creative activities such as web or logo design. Well of course, you are wrong and this paper explains why with a number of very powerful examples and tools.

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Design Thinking: How User Experiences Change User Expectations

Design Thinking: How User Experiences Change User Expectations | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Changing customer expectations open up new business model opportunities. Think how Uber and AirBnB have changed our personal experiences with respect to car transportation and house sharing, or how Amazon has changed our personal experiences with respect to product selection and delivery, or how Netflix has changed our personal experiences with respect to on-demand entertainment. These changing personal experiences are the source of business model disruption and customer disintermediation.

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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

I found the diagram to be quite interesting in that machine learning algorithms approach problems in a completely different way than humans do. Mostly because AI and machine do not "understand" the problem they are addressing but are simply applying rigorous analysis of data. In any case, the link between the two approaches is very very interesting.

See this recent blog post post that explains a bit more what I mean by machines don'T understand the problems they solve: http://fmcs.digital/blog/todai-robot-ai-project-performed-in-top-20-on-entrance-exam-u-tokyo-without-understanding-a-thing/

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17 Web Design Trends To Watch in 2017 via @Shopify

17 Web Design Trends To Watch in 2017 via @Shopify | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

What does 2017 have in store for us? We asked the industry’s experts for their views on the future of web design trends.

  1. Conversational interfaces
  2. Machine learning
  3. Emotionally intelligent design
  4. Virtual reality
  5. Location and context awareness
  6. Micro-interactions
  7. Colors
  8. Cohesive experiences
  9. Even more JavaScript!
  10. Designed failure
  11. Design sprints
  12. Better collaboration across design and development
  13. Merging of UX and service design
  14. Facebook and Google as destinations for content
  15. Credibility becomes king
  16. Mass disruption to foundational Internet services
  17. The rise of the diversity designer
  18. Bonus: 2017 According to Jeffrey Zeldman
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Lots of elements to account for in your 2017 digital strategy.

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Inspect Element: How to Temporarily Edit Any Webpage

Inspect Element: How to Temporarily Edit Any Webpage | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
There's a powerful tool hiding in your browser: Inspect Element.
Right-click on any webpage, click Inspect, and you'll see the innards of that site: its source code, the images and CSS that form its design, the fonts and icons it uses, and the Javascript code that power
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A simple overview of a very useful and powerful tool.

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Design is a board level priority for #digital companies says #DesignInTech Report 2016 @kpcb

Design is a board level priority for #digital companies says #DesignInTech Report 2016 @kpcb | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Design in Tech Report 2016
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Fascinating report that highlights the importance of design in digital corporations but also in traditional ones.

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Kate Marsh's curator insight, March 25, 2016 10:57 AM

Fascinating report that highlights the importance of design in digital corporations but also in traditional ones.

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Is #DesignInTech really a new #trend as @kpcb claims in its 2015 report?

Is #DesignInTech really a new #trend as @kpcb claims in its 2015 report? | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Design has become a game changer in Silicon Valley. Last year, "John Maeda" joined KPCB as the firm’s first Design Partner, joining from his role as the President of the Rhode Island School of Design. Now, in his inaugural #DesignInTech Report, Maeda highlights the rising importance of design in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Drawing on extensive research and his own conversations with hundreds of designers, Maeda examines the intersection of design, busine

Farid Mheir's insight:

I agree this feels like a trend and if KPCB feels enough to name a partner, it must mean something.

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64 Ways To Think About a News Homepage

64 Ways To Think About a News Homepage - TheLi.st @ Medium - Medium

The mission was to gather together a lot of very smart people who don’t work in news — and ask them to design a new news homepage.

By news homepage, I mean any way for a user to first encounter content. 

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Lots of good ideas that show how much flexibility we have when we design web pages, not just "news" homepages. Also provides some links to some of today's most progressive news delivery websites, including Quartz, Medium and others.


And then it lists the results of a brainstorm session, with many new ideas presented as handwritten notes. This is the most interesting part, as it uses the inline commenting features that are part of medium platform to get people insights into these new ideas.


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

It shows how a blog posting platform (medium) can be used to share information and gather readers insight embedded. Simply  amazing!

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#Web design is dead

#Web design is dead | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
High quality templates, mature design patterns, automation, AI, and mobile technology are signaling the end of web design as we know it.
Farid Mheir's insight:

Author makes the compelling argument that web design is not essential anymore as we consume our web in standardized forms, well recognized patterns and many different forms (mobile app anyone?).


WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Web consumption has been codified and its patterns defined over the past 20 years. sOmeone looking to innovate on the web still can I would argue, but most businesses do not need to and thus must identify partners that can decipher the web codes for them and identify the best ones to propel their business. Plus there is a reference to an AI based web design solution called the Grid which I had never heard of before but sounds promising.

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Chris Bryant's curator insight, July 17, 2015 2:53 AM

This makes me wonder what we are preparing our children for as they move through school. What skills and capabilities will they need? web design was a recent emerging career field  and now this too could be automated. So what will prepare our children for the future?

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Optimize Content Access by Leveraging Data Emerging from Eye Tracking Studies

Optimize Content Access by Leveraging Data Emerging from Eye Tracking Studies | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Via Robin Good
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5 minute read, it summarizes the key findings from eye tracking studies. No surprises (above the fold, big chunks, etc.) but it is nice to see all this in a single article. Annoying popup ads, just dismiss them to get to the post.

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Cani FixThis's curator insight, October 6, 2014 3:38 AM

smart stuff

Thorsten Strauss's curator insight, October 25, 2015 3:39 PM

best practice: copy writing 

Shaun Ling's curator insight, October 6, 2017 7:09 AM

Use heatmap to increase conversions

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Just discovered @StyleTiles by @samanthatoy via @pheromone

Just discovered @StyleTiles by @samanthatoy via @pheromone | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
A Style Tile is a design deliverable consisting of fonts, colors and interface elements that communicates the evolution of a visual brand for the web. Learn how to use them here.
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Engineers are exploring The Future of Design with 3D interaction via @leapmotion

SpaceX is exploring methods for engineers to accelerate their workflow by designing more directly in 3D. We are integrating breakthroughs in sensor and visua...
Farid Mheir's insight:

I have a leap motion device at home (via kickstarter!). It remains a toy on my desk as I have yet to find meaningful applications for the device in the information worker area. 


However this video shows very well how a simple 99$ device can completely transform the design process and product innovation.

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Here's What Happened When We Strapped A Bunch Of People Into The Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset via @sai

Here's What Happened When We Strapped A Bunch Of People Into The Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset via @sai | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset that is most definitely the future of gaming.

The device straps onto your head and completely immerses you inside a video game. It also has motion sensors so you can look around as if you were really inside the world. 

But it's nearly impossible to explain. The Oculus Rift is one of those things you have to see to believe. Several Business Insider employees gave it a whirl last week, and we took them on a trip through the solar system, on a medieval roller coaster, and put them into a death-by-guillotine simulation.



Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/oculus-rift-video-demo-2013-7#ixzz2Z1z0wfjF

Farid Mheir's insight:

Along the lines of the google glass project, the apearance of low cost devices like this can have a profound impact in small engineering, design, graphics, architecture, urban planning teams. Anyone in business that has a need for viewing digital world in 3D. 


And judging from the reactions in this video, it works!

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