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  • Dan Saffer // December 2008 Blog Archives
    giving a talk on designing from the inside out July 19 24 finds me teaching a workshop at HCI International 2009 in San Diego Who knows where I ll be in August but in September I m also likely speaking at d Construct 2009 Whew That s a lot of hot air coming out of my mouth I hope to see some of you at one or more of these events Originally posted on Tuesday December 23 2008 Link Comments 1 Trackback 0 Best Music of the Year 2008 Albums 10 saturdays youth m83 The 80s are back baby This is the soundtrack to the best movie John Hughes never made 9 The Midnight Organ Fight Frightened Rabbit I ll admit I can t understand half of what these Scots are saying but I like the way they say it 8 Furr Blitzen Trapper They had me with the song about the werewolf 7 Hold On Now Youngster Los Campesinos Great debut album from these indie hipsters 6 XOXO Her Space Holiday Catchy and with some unusual instrumentation 5 Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend I give The hype is right 4 Everything That Happens Will Happen Today David Byrne and Brian Eno As Josh Damon Williams rightly described it Comfort Food Music Although with disquieting lyrics I saw my neighbor s car explode 3 Oracular Spectacular MGMT From out of nowhere this piece of musical crack Kids is the single of the year 2 We Started Nothing The Ting Tings A trifle but sometimes baubles are what is needed and this album was the sound of summer before everything went to hell Listen and remember 1 Re arrange Us Mates of State Relentlessly tuneful indie pop of the best kind I loved this album from the first listen Honorable Mentions Dear

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  • Dan Saffer // November 2008 Blog Archives
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  • Dan Saffer // October 2008 Blog Archives
    up And some of my favorite small design firms Adaptive Path Mule Behavior all started in 2000 2001 at the bottom of the last crash I hope I m as lucky Right now though it feels a little like playing chicken with the world Who will blink first Originally posted on Sunday October 5 2008 Link Comments 0 Trackback 0 September 2008 Main November 2008 Archives December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 July 2006 June 2006 May 2006 April 2006 March 2006 February 2006 January 2006 December 2005 November 2005 October 2005 September 2005 August 2005 July 2005 June 2005 May 2005 April 2005 March 2005 February 2005 January 2005 December 2004 November 2004 October 2004 September 2004 August 2004 July 2004 June 2004 May 2004 April 2004 March 2004 February 2004 January 2004 December 2003 November 2003 October 2003 September 2003 August 2003 July 2003 June 2003 May 2003

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  • Dan Saffer // September 2008 Blog Archives
    t see Swingtown The Sopranos had to use violence for shock and punctuation Mad Men uses words Tension in Mad Men comes from character not necessarily situation The Sopranos at its heart was a family soap opera It didn t really care overmuch about how Tony and Crew worked except in the broadest way Which is why a lot of the intrigue with the other Families felt muddled and or flat Mad Men though is a workplace drama like Hill Street Blues or Homicide Life on the Street It reveals character by how people behave doing their work Which in a cruder way The Sopranos did as well but the extremeness of the situation whacking people warping the situation so that all subtly was rubbed out Mad Men cares about the context the drama lives in The characters aren t modern day types dropped into spiffy suits We can see how their characters are shaped by the time and visa versa We barely even knew what decade it was with The Sopranos aside from some 9 11 references In any case Mad Men now deserves your attention and your post Sopranos praise Originally posted on Monday September 29 2008 Link Comments 0 Trackback 0 Creating Kicker Studio If this blog has been absurdly quiet lately it is because I have a good reason Over the last several weeks I resigned my position at Adaptive Path and with some colleagues created Kicker Studio a new design consultancy focused on products not the web We re combining visual industrial and interaction design to make products that are holistic from the ground up It s something I ve wanted to do for a few years now Seldom in my life have I ever felt more like my ENTJ personality type The Fieldmarshall as

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  • Dan Saffer // July 2008 Blog Archives
    uneasy There is a presence here a thing implied something vast and bright She senses the paranoia of the web the net There s the perennial threat of virus of course Sister knows all about contaminations and the protective measures they require This is different it s a glow a lustrous rushing force that seems to flow from a billion net nodes When you decide on a whim to visit the H bomb home page she begins to understand Everything in your computer the plastic silicon and mylar every logical operation and processing function the memory the hardware the software the ones and zeroes the triads inside the pixels that form the on screen image it all culminates here Originally posted on Thursday July 17 2008 Link Comments 0 Trackback 0 Favorite Album for Every Year You ve Been Alive Meme 1970 The Beatles Let It Be 1971 T Rex Electric Warrior 1972 The Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street 1973 Wings Band on the Run 1974 Big Star Radio City 1975 Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here 1976 Eagles Hotel California 1977 Fleetwood Mac Rumours 1978 Elvis Costello This Year s Model 1979 The Clash London Calling 1980 Elvis Costello Get Happy 1981 The Police Ghost in The Machine 1982 Duran Duran Rio 1983 U2 War 1984 The Replacements Let It Be 1985 Talking Heads Little Creatures 1986 Crowded House Crowded House 1987 U2 The Joshua Tree 1988 Billy Bragg Workers Playtime 1989 The Pixies Doolittle 1990 Sinead O Connor I Do Not Want What I Haven t Got 1991 U2 Achtung Baby 1992 REM Automatic for The People 1993 Liz Phair Exile in Guyville 1994 Nirvana Unplugged in New York 1995 Pulp Different Class 1996 Beck Odelay 1997 Radiohead OK Computer 1998 Hole Celebrity Skin 1999 Built to

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  • Dan Saffer // June 2008 Blog Archives
    2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 July 2006 June 2006 May 2006 April 2006 March 2006 February 2006 January 2006 December 2005 November 2005 October 2005 September 2005 August 2005 July 2005 June

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  • Dan Saffer // May 2008 Blog Archives
    work has become homogenized and we can do better creating richer interactions Here are their themes Thinking Through Doing There are a lot of skills you simply cannot learn by reading or listening alone You have to try them out Gestures aren t just for embellishment to communication they can also be an aid to learning and understanding Manipulation of items allows for greater understanding of the item Artifacts have their own characteristics and their backtalk uncovers problems or can suggest new designs Performance We should design products for expert users able to use their hands and motor memory to perform action centered skills Thinking can be too slow experiental cognition learned skillful behavior like driving a car can be more rapid and powerful than reflective cognition Visibility Through the performance of an activity that activity can be made visible to others easily so that collaboration and situated learning can occur spontaneously Risk Most products are designed to decrease risk but retaining some risk can be beneficial With risk comes trust responsibility and attention Thick Practice Because there is so much benefit to the real world we should be careful with replacing physical artifacts with digital ones The best case scenario is to augment the physical world with digital behaviors and thus admitting the improvisations of practice that the physical world offers One of the few academic papers I have enjoyed recently Originally posted on Sunday May 18 2008 Link Comments 0 Trackback 0 April 2008 Main June 2008 Archives June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 July 2006 June 2006

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  • Dan Saffer // April 2008 Blog Archives
    your messages Where you live your family life what you do for a living your sense of humor etc Without context a twitter stream can simply be stuff and nonsense Now abstracting this just a little to all social networks isn t much of a stretch Have something to say Pick and choose who you follow and who follows you carefully Offline context still matters Reveal only as much as is necessary Give me a reason to follow you and to share with you It s a start anyway Originally posted on Thursday April 17 2008 Link Comments 3 Trackback 0 Why did you go to other conference instead of Interaction08 Believe it or not we re already thinking about next year s Interaction09 following the sell out success of Interaction08 But we re not resting on our laurels One of the things I m curious about is why some of you chose to attend other conferences IA Summit CHI etc instead of or in addition to Interaction08 Obviously we re not going to change the focus of the conference away from interaction design but if there were other factors that caused you to instead go elsewhere I d be curious to hear them Everything is up for grabs location program etc Email me at dan AT odannyboy DOT com or leave a comment Originally posted on Sunday April 13 2008 Link Comments 2 Trackback 0 Do You Want to Be My Boss Ok maybe that isn t the best way to sell this job but Adaptive Path is looking for a new CEO If you or someone you know or even know of would be an interesting fit combining business and design savvy we d like to know Send an email to bryan dot mason at adaptivepath dot com

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