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The Programmable World

October 10, 2013          

Episode Summary

Whether we notice it or not, we're surrounded by machines and sensors. Our world is networked and made of code. We need new skills and perspectives to take charge of the programmable world we've built. Because if we don't learn to program the world we want, it may very well program us. In this episode of The Digital Life, we discuss the "Programmable World" with Matt Nish-Lapidus, Design Director at Normative.

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Design is Medicine

September 16, 2013          

Episode Summary

Healthcare is deadly. As patients and clinicians, we have long passed the threshold of comprehension when it comes to the amount of data and variables that support life-critical decisions. The system needs to be redesigned and re-imagined. True change comes from establishing a vision for healthcare that will modernize how doctors and patients interact with their health data to quantified and measurable medicine.

In this episode of The Digital Life, we discuss the idea that “Design is Medicine,” with Involution Studios Creative Director, Juhan Sonin. In his health design practice, Sonin explores how linear-thinking human beings can interpret non-linear, unbalanced health metrics, and how healthcare can be saved through coordination, presentation and design.

Join us as we look at the design, data, and policy challenges, as well as the scary new ideas being invented to solve them, that makes tackling the healthcare problem daunting and exciting.

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Living Life in the (Google) Cloud

July 22, 2013          

Episode Summary

The era of Cloud Computing is upon us, or so we're told. But what does it really mean to convert all of your digital communication, documentation, and collaboration to cloud based applications? What sounds easy in theory, could be another thing entirely in practice. What of security and privacy concerns? Document compatibility and accessibility? What of the user experience itself? Can a professional really survive and thrive in solely a cloud environment? Join us as we discuss this topic with Jon Shafer, game designer extraordinaire, who has made the full switch to the Google Cloud.

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Design for Understanding with Stephen Anderson

June 7, 2013          

Episode Summary

At the intersection of learning, play, and information, lies the practice area that is "Design for Understanding". From the intricate complexities of information design for Big Data, to the mundane, but important task of creating a mobile phone bill that can be decoded by consumers, to the creation of new forms of education in the digital age, our guest Stephen Anderson, and Digital Life co-host Erik Dahl explore the topic that can only grow in prominence as we continue to struggle to understand the information age.

 

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Making things people want, Not making people want things with Phillip Hunter

April 30, 2013          

Episode Summary

In this episode of the Digital Life , we explore the topic "Making things people want, Not making people want things" — inspired by a blog post by Phillip Hunter, a designer for Microsoft, who joins us for Five Questions. Are people today looking for "a way to reconnect with their values: to ground how they can, will, and should live in the world," as John Maeda suggests, in a recent article? Or, as Phillip postulates, is this really not such a new thing after all? Have people have always been looking for this manifestation of values? In this podcast episode, we discuss design for values and investigate whether or not there is indeed a new shift toward this way of thinking.