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The Convergence of Digital and Industrial Design

February 27, 2014          

Episode Summary

In this episode of The Digital Life, we explore the convergence of digital and industrial design with Jenn Webb, editor of O’Reilly Radar and Jon Bruner, co-chair of the Solid Conference.

As emerging technologies — from wearables to the Internet of Things — cause the boundaries between digital and physical interfaces to collapse, this intersection of HCI and ID represents the first step to a multi-disciplinary design future.

Our discussion covers great examples of new products pushing the envelope, the future of product design and the skills that will be required, and what the design firm of the next decade might look like.

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Community and a Sense of Place in Our Digital Lives

January 29, 2014          

Episode Summary

Technology is not an end in and of itself. Our job as designers isn’t about the thing we’re creating, but rather about connecting people to themselves, other people, and the world around them in more meaningful ways. In this episode of the Digital Life, we discuss with Charlie Erdman the trends in digital impacting our sense of community and place. Are we really connecting less? Or just differently — broad, but not deep? How does this new understanding impact our work as digital designers? How does it impact consumers of digital products? Join us as we explore these questions, and consider the concept of making technology and our digital and physical spaces more humane.

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Designing for Emerging Technologies in 2014 and Beyond

December 31, 2013          

Episode Summary

While many end-of-year shows do predictions for the coming year, at The Digital Life, we’re not satisfied with that, because we just can’t contain our excitement over emerging technologies. In this episode, we share our thoughts on technology for 2014 and the decade beyond, covering three areas desperately in need of design help: the Internet of Things, genomics and synthetic biology, and robotics.

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Design Education and Building Teams with the Right Skills

November 14, 2013          

Episode Summary

User experience is an amalgam of information architecture, visual design, interaction design, user research, prototyping, coding, and a host of other skill sets. Combine this complexity with the rapid rate of change in technology and techniques, and it’s no wonder that there’s a gap between the skills required by the industry of UX designers and those taught by design programs in colleges and universities. In this episode of The Digital Life, we discuss the state of design education and how to build teams with the right skills to ship digital products with Jared Spool, Founding Principal of User Interface Engineering.

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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.