Future Directions for Tactile Feedback

A variety of devices currently on the market provide simple forms of touch feedback, but none is an unqualified success – they all lack some aspect of physical experience, a correspondence with the way we actually interact with the world. Current tactile solutions fall short either in reconfigurability or in pre-interaction feedback. This pre-interaction feedback would provide the physical feeling of a button which the user can press or not, rather than just a tactile confirmation that they have just pressed that button. Reconfigurability would allow physically felt controls to... Read The Rest →

Typography on the web

The use of interesting typography on the web is like a huge breath of fresh air to me, and thankfully it’s an area going through rapid and constant evolvement. I’m so used to the same three typefaces everyday at Amazon that even a little bit of departure can make such a stand-out difference and make my day. There’s several ways to make use of dynamic text replacement and while I am not able to take advantage of the technology in my day-to-day job, I look for opportunities in my personal design endeavors. Here are some... Read The Rest →

Learning

Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned. –Mark Twain Learning is acquiring new knowledge, behaviors, skills, values, preferences or understanding, and may involve synthesizing different types of information. The ability to learn is possessed by humans, animals and some machines. Progress over time tends to follow learning curves. Human learning may occur as part of education or personal development. It may begoal-oriented and may be aided by motivation. The study of how learning occurs is part of neuropsychology, educational psychology, learning theory, and pedagogy. Learning may occur as a result... Read The Rest →

Experience Design

While everything, technically, is an experience of some sort, there is something important and special to many experiences that make them worth discussing. In particular, the elements that contribute to superior experiences are knowable and reproducible, which make them designable. These elements aren’t always obvious and, surely, they aren’t always fool-proof. So it’s important to realize that great experiences can be deliberate and are based upon principles that have been proven. This book explores the most important of these principles. The design of experiences isn’t any newer than the recognition... Read The Rest →

Collaboration

“No bird soars too high if he soars on his own wings.” – William Blake Collaboration is a recursive process where two or more people or organizations work together in an intersection of common goals — for example, an intellectual endeavor that is creative in nature—by sharing knowledge, learning and building consensus. Most collaboration requires leadership, although the form of leadership can be social within a decentralized and egalitarian group. In particular, teams that work collaboratively can obtain greater resources, recognition and reward when facing competition for finite resources. Collaboration... Read The Rest →

Traditional Color Theory and the Importance of Color in Design/Art Education

Color is a critical part of design—whether your project is destined for print, web, video or other media. A clear understanding of color theory and practical applications is the key to using color with confidence. Learn to apply theory in digital applications, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Dreamweaver and more. Learn the differences and applications for Pantone, CMYK, RGB, Hexadecimal colors, and other important color tools. The psychology of color and color harmonies are also addressed in traditional color theory classes. I would like to see traditional color theory course... Read The Rest →

The Bauhaus School

Gropius said, “manual experience of materials is essential to the student of design- experience at first confined to free experiment and then extended to the practical workshop”. While this is true, the majority of design students today will be practicing in the digital space. The foundation of a design student’s education begins with solving problems using of the principles of design in the physical sense. Color Theory is still being taught using the teaching theories of the Bauhaus despite the obvious shift towards the inclusion of digital media in design... Read The Rest →

 
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