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  • Job Search 2015 | O Danny Boy
    Financial stability no early stage startups a must Dog friendly workplace is a plus Here s my resume as a PDF or on LinkedIn Thanks to many NDAs my online portfolio basically ends four years ago but I can walk through some work in person although all of my most recent work is unfortunately off limits Contact me at dan at odannyboy dot com if you might have or know

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  • 2014 Bibliography | O Danny Boy
    Everything Store Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon Brad Stone Love Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere Poe Ballantine Hacking Hollywood Chuck Salter ed Dataclysm Who We Are When We Think No One s Looking Christian Rudder Enchanted Objects Design Human Desire and the Internet of Things David Rose Structuring Your Novel Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story K M Weiland Made to Stick Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die Chip and Dan Heath The Thing with Feathers The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human Noah Strycker Marvel Comics The Untold Story Sean Howe Nudge Improving Decisions About Health Wealth and Happiness Richard H Thaler Designing for Emerging Technologies UX for Genomics Robotics and the Internet of Things Jonathan Follett et al The Genius of Dogs Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods Hidden in Plain Sight Jan Chipchase My Struggle Book 1 Karl Ove Knausgaard POETRY New and Selected Poems Volume One Mary Oliver The Essential Rumi Coleman Barks translator Bibliographies for 2013 2012 2011 2010 31 December 2014 Dan Post navigation My Design Articles 2014 Job Search 2015 Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required

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  • Dan Saffer // D School Blog
    to my portfolio but of particular interest are my thesis project FilePiles and my thesis essay The Role of Metaphor in Interaction Design 340k pdf I also taught two semesters of Visual Interface Design while in school which was very interesting and rewarding Coursework Computing in Design Conceptual Models Design Seminar I Design Seminar II Design Studio I Design Studio II Designing for Service Graduate Typography Interaction Interface Design Interactive Graphics Mapping Diagramming Organizational Design Sketching Modeling Greatest Hits A Definition of Design Adaptive Worlds Design Awareness Ethics in Design Ethnography and Models Having an Experience Participatory Design Systems Design What is an Art What is a Product 2003 04 Categories 3D 2 Alumni 8 Assistantships 3 Big Ideas 28 Classes 20 Classmates 26 CMU 25 Cognition 1 CPID Program 4 Design 101 30 Design Theory 21 Extracurricular 15 Faculty 13 Field Trips 5 HCI Program 4 Info Design 3 Interface Design 6 Meta 8 Money 8 Papers 5 Photography 5 Preparation 6 Projects 49 Readings 33 Software 8 Special Guest Stars 15 Student Life 21 Teaching 3 Techniques 12 Thesis Paper 10 Thesis Project 6 Typography 9 Visualization 8 2004 05 Categories After School 8 Alumni 3 Assistantships 1

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  • dan saffer :: what I'm thinking about archives
    done more for usability than the UPA could ever hope to achieve by constantly pushing it in people s faces Or take Edward Tufte please he s done more for information design than well probably anyone ever He also seemingly has an ego that is so large it is difficult to chart Each of these folks has pushed their agenda to the point where it has become the industry s agenda and all of us are better off for it Some of these folks Tufte Nielsen Don Norman are considered the main thinkers in Design these days although none of them are designers We need more design egomaniacs RIP Paul Rand to promote themselves and by extension design not more organizations So get to work you design slackers Publish books Flood the web with blogs Find your thing Find work Do your own projects Be obnoxious and eccentric Wear a costume Stroke your own ego We ll all thank you Posted at 01 49 PM comments 4 trackback 0 link Friday August 6 2004 DIS 2004 Day Three To say that the final day of the Designing Interactive Systems conference was a DISappointment would be an understatement In fact to say that about the entire conference would be an understatement The biggest missed or is that DISsed opportunity was the Beyond Human Centered Design panel What could have been a really brilliant edgy panel became instead a pointless discussion of innovation The panel never got to the keyword beyond or even unless my memory fails seriously discussed other philosophies of designing aside from UCD I feel like there should be a Do Over on this panel The final day also featured a discussion on the future of DIS whether or not it should be combined with DUX Designing User Experience or take some other form What DIS should be basically Here s my thoughts on the matter To start with Physician heal thyself Let s find out what the users the conference attendees want out of the product the conference From what I heard these seem to be a place to present papers hear about interesting work see and interact with interesting work discuss new issues and theories mingle with colleagues The problem is that the majority of the conference is designed around the first goal for academics to present papers Which would be fine if it was done differently smaller workshop like sessions to discuss the paper not just get a lecture on it How it is now is deadly dull like boring undergraduate lectures Having written a good paper doesn t necessarily make you a good presenter I d recommend having more than two tracks with several smaller rooms instead of two big rooms Smaller sessions would mean more chance for discussion and personal involvement Having the papers before the conference would be a good thing too so that there is discussion about the papers instead of just rehashing them A major problem with DIS is attracting less

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  • Dan | O Danny Boy
    do very well lead teams to design and launch products Ideally this role would be in San Francisco proper no relocation and involves consumer hardware and software I m particularly interested in connected devices for the home or office or wearables Financial stability no early stage startups a must Dog friendly workplace is a plus Here s my resume as a PDF or on LinkedIn Thanks to many NDAs my online portfolio basically ends four years ago but I can walk through some work in person although all of my most recent work is unfortunately off limits Contact me at dan at odannyboy dot com if you might have or know of suitable work Thanks 15 September 2015 Dan 2014 Bibliography Unlike previous years no big You Must Read This books this year Alas But many enjoyable reads particularly among the fiction which was unusually heavy on the scifi fantasy this year perhaps to escape the lousy outside world that was 2014 FICTION A History of the Future in 100 Objects Adrian Hon Station Eleven Emily St John Mandel Annihilation Jeff VanderMeer Echopraxia Peter Watts The Bone Clocks David Mitchell The Blade Itself Joe Abercrombie Before They Are Hanged Joe Abercrombie Last Argument Of Kings Joe Abercrombie The Martian Andy Weir The Interestings Meg Wolitzer NON FICTION The Everything Store Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon Brad Stone Love Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere Poe Ballantine Hacking Hollywood Chuck Salter ed Dataclysm Who We Are When We Think No One s Looking Christian Rudder Enchanted Objects Design Human Desire and the Internet of Things David Rose Structuring Your Novel Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story K M Weiland Made to Stick Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die Chip and Dan Heath The Thing with Feathers The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human Noah Strycker Marvel Comics The Untold Story Sean Howe Nudge Improving Decisions About Health Wealth and Happiness Richard H Thaler Designing for Emerging Technologies UX for Genomics Robotics and the Internet of Things Jonathan Follett et al The Genius of Dogs Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods Hidden in Plain Sight Jan Chipchase My Struggle Book 1 Karl Ove Knausgaard POETRY New and Selected Poems Volume One Mary Oliver The Essential Rumi Coleman Barks translator Bibliographies for 2013 2012 2011 2010 31 December 2014 Dan Leave a comment My Design Articles 2014 Designing a Creative Practice For much of my life I ve taken a pretty haphazard attitude towards my own creativity And while I ve been mostly successful I have long periods of creative block as well as professional goals that have idled I look back at envy at some of the most creatively fertile periods of my life 2007 8 in particular and I ve realized there were activities I did every day that I should probably resume At the same time for the last few months I ve been reading a number of books on creativity and forming creative habits While many of these books have different specific pieces of advice I ve collected the themes into a course of action for myself The UX of Commercial Drones UX Magazine Technology asks Can it be done Design asks Should it be done and how I ve thought about these questions frequently in the weeks following the 60 Minutes introduction of Amazon s PrimeAir While some were horrified by the prospect of commercial drones buzzing through the skies I was amazed and intrigued at this vision of the future But that s all it is right now a vision and a somewhat crude one at that one that leaves many questions unanswered Some of those questions are logistical and legal Will this work and in what environments What are the implications on a social level and where safety is concerned These are all tremendously important questions but let s assume the issues surrounding them can be worked out After all there is plenty of money to be made by Amazon and others like FedEx and Google s Project Wing by making it a reality In fact Ross McCullough vice president of corporate strategy at UPS recently said I believe these things will be part of the system in the future I don t know when The Hidden Genius and Influence of The Traffic Light Wired See it sway three eyed blind bat hanging from a wire Or perhaps there perched atop a pole lights moving from top to bottom green yellow red green yellow red in its unvarying sequence Two hundred years ago it would have been a wonder something on display at the Great Exhibition of 1851 gawked at by Victorians Today it s seen but unconsidered passed under a dozen times a day by most of us influencing how we move shaping our cities warping how we travel and occasionally inadvertently helping to kill us Consider the traffic light The First Things on The Internet of Things I was curious what the first non traditional computer objects were that were connected to a computer network A telegraph is probably the first device connected to any kind of network To be technical a non computer yet packet switched network device with continuous or frequent connectivity to said network Here s some I found stretching back 40 years Why We Need to Tame Our Algorithms Like Dogs Wired These coded aliens these ghosts in the machines are becoming even incomprehensible to their creators With algorithms starting to take on oversight and control of our critical systems we need to ensure that like with dogs we become comprehensible to them If so perhaps in the future we ll think of them as Man s Best Friend On Design Education Medium The crux of the matter is the feeling that many design schools are doing a disservice to their students by preparing them for careers they re unlikely to have at least right out of school No one wants to hire a 22 year old strategist was how a colleague perhaps indelicately phrased it Graduate schools focus on more and more specialized baroque areas of design Meanwhile undergraduates are pointed towards areas like service and systems design and social innovation despite the fact that the job market for those is small What most undergraduates in the design field will work on when they graduate are products physical objects printed materials or increasingly hardware and software Now certainly most of these will be part of a service or system and some hopefully all will have a benefit to society And no one is arguing that an understanding of strategy services and systems isn t essential to understanding 21st century design But too many graduates get out of school and become disillusioned when the work they re doing is not at the system or service level but at the product level where their skills at least initially are needed the most I ve seen this first hand Some Kind of Toaster Medium It wasn t quite as bad for my father By the time he was built in 2001 there were lots of things on the Internet coffee pots refrigerators even toilets Switching a toaster on or even knowing if it was in use or not was pretty trivial by then People had gotten used to seeing objects online it wasn t quite the freakshow it was in grandpa s time No with Dad connecting him had to be for something different something interesting It wasn t enough that he was on the Internet that he was present but that he did something as well Being online had to mean something It had to be useful So get this he told the weather The End of Design as We Know It Medium To many people this is a bleak grim oh shit there goes my job future Which is understandable because for many people this probably will be the end of their job unless they future proof themselves You future proof yourself by ensuring that the kind of work you do cannot be easily replicated by an algorithm In design those skills are insights gathering problem framing and crafting unconventional solutions The Wonderful Possibilities of Connecting Your Fridge to The Internet Wired Smart appliances humbly predict our needs and modestly adjust as little as possible to accommodate them This sometimes requires connecting to the network for a better bigger brain or to draw upon the collected intelligence of similar objects You don t need to stuff lots of processing power and memory into the object itself if it can use resources in the cloud Imagine if your refrigerator could learn how to keep food cooler more cheaply by looking at the data from other refrigerators in the area Collective machine intelligence and the benefits it could engender such as fixing model specific problems and product efficiency are good reasons to enable network connectivity The Shelves Come to The Pickers Medium It could be that we re finally seeing emerge what the late John Rheinfrank called Adaptive Worlds products and environments that are smart enough to change their functionality content and even form based on the task and the person s abilities In this worldview design isn t human centered although humans are part of the system but rather ability centered what are the capabilities of the people and products in the system and how can they react and supplement each other to perform activities 5 December 2014 Dan My Top 10 Albums 2014 Unlike previous years there was no clear winner this year Many good albums that I listened to a lot but no clear winner At various times all the top five could have shuffled around About Last Night Sleeper Agent Fun A big step up from their first album which I also enjoyed Before the Waves Magic Man Not my usual style of music but man some of the songs are super catchy The Both The Both I had no idea whether the pairing of Ted Leo and Aimee Mann would work It does And how can you not like a song Milwaukee that mentions The Fonz Seeds TV on The Radio The first half of this album is up there with their best stuff Gets mushier in the second half though Still very good Distraction Bear Hands The only real debut on the list is this one A band to watch After the Disco Broken Bells Not as good as the first album but nearly every track is a gem They Want My Soul Spoon Not many bands make one of their best albums 20 years into their careers but Spoon did Liberation Peter Matthew Bauer The first album on the list from a band musician doing a solo album this time the bassist from The Walkmen stepping out on his own Liberation is a great rock record combining some mellower Indian tinged numbers with some rock out songs Spiritual without being overbearing Uplifting Weatherhouse Philip Selway Radiohead s drummer s second album is atmospheric bitter at times and resigned Perfect for rainy days and reflection It Will End in Tears is such a brilliant song Morning Phase Beck Beck at his Sea Change melancholy best Heartbreaking I don t know who could fail to be moved by Say Goodbye As always Beck can do anything drifting through genres rock folk country etc like a smoke through a forest See also my picks for 2013 2012 2011 2010 2000 2009 1990 1999 4 December 2014 Dan My Favorite Design Articles 2014 Designer Duds Losing Our Seat at the Table Mills Baker It s now 2014 and I doubt seriously whether I m alone in feeling a sense of anxiety about how design is using its seat at the table From the failure of design oriented Path to the recent news that Square is seeking a buyer to the fact that Medium is paying people to use it there s evidence that the luminaries of our community have been unable to use design to achieve market success More troubling much of the work for which we express the most enthusiasm seems superficial narrow in its conception of design shallow in its ambitions or just ineffective The Squalid Grace of Flappy Bird Ian Bogost The games we find ourselves ever more devoted to are often also the ones that care very little for our experience of them This is the devotion of material indifference To understand Flappy Bird we must accept the premise that games are squalid rusty machinery we operate in spite of themselves What we appreciate about Flappy Bird is not the details of its design but the fact that it embodies them with such unflappable nonchalance The best games cease to be for us or for anyone and instead strive to be what they are as much as possible From this indifference emanates a strange squalor that we can appreciate as beauty Where Inspiration Should Sit at the Table of Design Tanner Christensen We seek inspiration when we don t fully understand the problem or task at hand That is inspiration can be helpful but more often than not we confuse the pursuit of inspiration with doing legitimate work towards creating an effective solution The truth is that spending time seeking inspiration is typical of dilly dallying and not real progress towards a solution The Nightmare on Connected Home Street Mat Honan I wake up at four to some old timey dubstep spewing from my pillows The lights are flashing My alarm clock is blasting Skrillex or Deadmau5 or something I don t know I never listened to dubstep and in fact the entire genre is on my banned list You see my house has a virus again Technically it s malware But there s no patch yet and pretty much everyone s got it Homes up and down the block are lit up even at this early hour Thankfully this one is fairly benign It sets off the alarm with music I blacklisted decades ago on Pandora It takes a picture of me as I get out of the shower every morning and uploads it to Facebook No big deal The Ubiquitous Button Lars Erik Janlert But the operation of modern buttons is not as uniform as that of traditional buttons The basic mode of operation is stretched in various dimensions to get additional control mainly with regard to the amount of pressure the duration of the press and combinations and patterns of presses The usual motive for this is that there would be too few buttons of the ordinary kind in the artifact to achieve the intended level of user control either due to lack of space or because the designer wants a clean nice looking design and maybe hides away some rarely used functions or settings In a modern camera pressing lightly on the shutter button usually activates focusing and light metering pressing harder takes the picture Digital kitchen timers may suddenly increase the speed of counting up the minutes for instance from intervals of a minute to intervals of 10 when you keep holding the button Wristwatches and mobile phones often have buttons that perform different functions if you press them for a longer time also hard to remember combinations of simultaneously pressed buttons take on special meanings We are not very surprised anymore if a double click achieves something different from a single click Home Automation is an EasyHard problem Scott Jensen As a UX designer I know how quixotic and down right goofy humans can be The simple rule based if this then that style scenarios trotted out are doomed to fail Well maybe fail is too strong of a word They won t fail as in a face plant into burning lava fail In fact I ll admit that they might even work 90 of the time To many people that may seem fine but just try using a voice recognition system with a 10 failure rate It s the small mistakes that will drive you crazy Tips for Designing a Connected Home That Isn t Chaos John Kiechel and Louisa Heinrich Today consumers buy kitchen appliances and then take them home and do whatever they want with them But if that product is connected chances are it s been pre loaded with someone else s idea of what a person should be doing with it And no matter how well meaning that someone else is when the objects we own contradict us that s going to be a frustrating experience Macrointeractions Mike Kruzeniski If I want the products I work on to be great I need to think of the spaces adjacent to the product as being a design problem as important as the product itself Though a lot of the Design canon is focused on the quality of craft the details make the product after all a lack of attention to the problems around the product may mean very few people ever experience all your attention to detail I ve started to find it helpful to think of the problem space around the product as a Macrointeraction an interaction design space at the other end of the spectrum from a Microinteraction Any friction that might prevent your product with all its wonderful details from being made or connecting with your customers is a design problem worth spending time on Amazon s Fire Phone May Be Too Magical for Its Own Good Sean Madden The biggest challenge of modern UI design is knowing when to stop We have the ability to make every single moment sparkle and dance so the new task is learning to restrain ourselves and it s hard Most of a good user experience is forgotten because well designed often means forgettable you can t remember 100 delightful interactions a day nor would you want to Perennial Design Wilson Miner If all we celebrate is what

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  • My Top 10 Albums 2013 | O Danny Boy
    The National 2 We The Common Thao The Get Down Stay Down 1 Modern Vampires of The City Vampire Weekend See also my picks for 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2000 2009 1990 1999 10 December 2013 Dan Post navigation My Favorite Design Articles 2013 My 2013 Bibliography Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Comment Name Email Website Wordpress

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  • My Top 10 Albums 2012 | O Danny Boy
    Transcendental Youth When I first heard this album I was sure The Weakerthans had put out another album but no it was The Mountain Goats 5 Amanda Palmer The Grand Theft Orchestra Theatre is Evil The indie P nk this albums contains some of the best pop songs of the year Do It With a Rock Star has the best sarcasm of the year Do you really want to go back home check your messages and charge your phone 4 David Byrne St Vincent Love This Giant David Byrne and horns Pretty much says it all Another experiment that works 3 Divine Fits A Thing Called Divine Fits Catchy almost danceable slinky Like the best of Spoon 2 Regina Spektor What We Saw From The Cheap Seats While everyone was talking about Fiona Apple the other weird girl with a piano whose album left me cold I was enjoying this album s tuneful songs 1 Sharon Van Etten Tramp She had me at the lyric You re the reason why I ll move to the city or why I ll have to leave This was the album I kept putting on all year and I assume many years to come Personal heartbreaking tough Honorable Mentions Princeton Remembrance of Things to Come Yukon Blonde Tiger Talk Beach House Bloom Japandroids Celebration Rock Yellow Ostrich Strange Land Andrew Bird Break It Yourself The Ting Tings Sounds From Nowheresville Jaill Traps Bob Mould Silver Age Tilly And The Wall Heavy Mood Little Comets Life is Elsewhere Firewater International Orange Lord Huron Lonesome Dreams The Shins Port of Morrow and The Crookes Hold Fast Super special honorable mention to Beck for Song Reader I can t really put it on the best albums list because it s only sheet music but I m loving

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