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Health Axioms and Designing for Behavior Change

May 31, 2014          

Episode Summary

In this episode of the Digital Life, we discuss the Health Axioms card deck and designing for behavior change, with Involution Studios Creative Director, Juhan Sonin.

The Health Axioms are 32 recommendations that put you in touch with habits to improve your health, life, and well-being. The sometimes surprising, always practical axioms nudge you toward the healthiest life possible. These are one small part of a global movement to shift the health care system to one of: non-invasive personal diagnostics, highly specialized clinicians that work closely with patients and their families, and self-monitoring, self-empowered patients. Getting there is equal parts smart technology, healthcare reform, and everyday common sense.

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Architecture as Interface

April 30, 2014          

Episode Summary

In the next wave of emerging technology, the built environments which define our work, play, and habitation, will be transformed by a connected set of data-­rich elements. More than just a natural outcome of the sensor-laden Internet of Things, this change of the places we inhabit into interconnected, intelligent, and even responsive spaces will impact us in innumerable ways. What kinds of new relationships will we build along with our architecture? In this episode of The Digital Life, we explore that question and others with Erin Rae Hoffer, an industry strategist, business evangelist, and thought leader on new technologies at Autodesk.

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UX Axioms

March 31, 2014          

Episode Summary

User Experience (UX) theory and practice can be confusing for the uninitiated. In this episode, Erik Dahl discusses his UX Axioms, a series of recommendations which designers and developers alike can use to integrate UX into their practice. The UX Axioms have been gaining notice and popularity in the interaction design world.

Building real products and services involves an ongoing series of design compromises. There is no ideal process or magic bullet for integrating UX or creating amazing user experiences. However, understanding and applying UX Axioms will allow you to adapt to the situation at hand and build products that resonate with and delight your end-users.

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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.