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On the Pursuit of Visual Design with Anthony Hobday

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On the Pursuit of Visual Design with Anthony Hobday

Usually on Design Disciplin, we ask the questions. This time, our guest is the interviewer. Designer Anthony Hobday asked the questions, and I answered. We spoke about the place of visual design in modern, technology-centered design education – UX and interaction design. Anthony is a generalist product designer, particularly interested in interaction and visual design. He is an explorer in the world of design, through his many side projects, blog posts, books, and tweets. You can find other

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Dec 20, 2022

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Ron Wakkary: Beyond Human-Centered Design

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Ron Wakkary: Beyond Human-Centered Design

Ron Wakkary is a professor of design at Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology in Canada. He is also a professor, holding the Chair of Design for More Than Human-Centered Worlds, in the industrial design department at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. Ron is the founder of the design research studio Everyday Design Studio (EDS). At EDS, he works with Will Odom and an evolving cast of students to produce multi-disciplinary design research that

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Dec 16, 2022

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Irmak Nur Sunal Lutkin

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Irmak Nur Sunal Lutkin

Born in Turkey and educated in the UK, Irmak Nur Sunal Lutkin is currently based in London, serving as Director of Digital Design at Reuters. She looks after a design team that contributes across Reuters News products and services. Previously she has worked with Atlantic Records, Sony Music, Puma, Adidas, CNN International, The Wall Street Journal, and XOXO Magazine. She cultivated more than 10 years of experience and insights in the design industry across the worlds of branded content, editori

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Sep 5, 2022

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Carlos Calva and Timmy Ghiurau

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Carlos Calva and Timmy Ghiurau

Timmy Ghiurau is an innovation leader at Volvo Cars, and Carlos Calva is an AI and augmented reality entrepreneur. Both of them are experts in virtual reality, augmented reality, game engines, and other 3D interactive technologies, with experiences spanning design, engineering, and business. Timmy originates from the worlds music, fashion, and culture; while Carlos has been building projects for clients that include NASA and multiple branches of the US military. We had this conversation in fron

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Mar 23, 2022

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OP.™ | Office of Possibilities

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OP.™ | Office of Possibilities

OP.™ – short for Office of Possibilities – is a multi-disciplinary design studio that creates objects and spaces based on well-informed strategic ideas. Their competences span architecture, art direction, exhibition design, industrial design, brand strategy, graphic design and innovation strategy. I've been following them since they moved into their Gothenburg studio, in the same building where I was living at the time. Since then, they have built a formidable portfolio of projects involving br

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Nov 28, 2021

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April Dunford

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April Dunford

April Dunford spent 25 years running marketing, product, and sales teams as a startup executive. Creating a systematic way of positioning tech products and companies became her life's work, informing her consulting practice where she has advised 100+ companies. Her best-selling book Obviously Awesome offers a methodology that any leader or entrepreneur can follow. I found great value in April's positioning methodology as I figure out directions for my own projects, including Design Disciplin.

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Oct 1, 2021

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Martin Stellar

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Martin Stellar

Martin Stellar is a coach and consultant for ethical sales and business growth, as well as a former monk, tailor, and copywriter. Martin has lived an incredibly rich life, with many creative and introspective adventures. He draws on his experiences and years of study in psychology and business, to provide guidance for professionals and entrepreneurs. I met Martin earlier this year as I took up his offer on a coaching call, curious to see how his experience and framework would

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Jun 15, 2021

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Jofish Kaye

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Jofish Kaye

Jofish Kaye is a computer scientist who aligns design, data, and qualitative exploration for human-centered product innovation. His superb track record as a scholar includes more than 100 publications and affiliations with MIT, Cornell, and Microsoft Research. Surprisingly, his career has been in corporations: following stints at Nokia, Yahoo, and Mozilla, he is now a director of AI and UX at Anthem. I have been a fan of his work for many years – he is a brilliant research writer whose

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Jun 1, 2021

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Erik Stolterman

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Erik Stolterman

Erik Stolterman is Professor of Informatics at Indiana University Bloomington, as well as a professor at the Institute of Design at Umeå University, Sweden, where he originates. A prolific scholar of design theory and philosophy, he has co-authored 5 books and more than 150 academic publications with a focus on the design of digital and interactive systems. His work has been immensely useful to mine. In his writings, I find the words I need to articulate my ideas. He writes,

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May 1, 2021

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Håkan Lidbo

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Håkan Lidbo

Håkan Lidbo is a musician, artist, innovator, designer, and founder of the Rumtiden Idea Lab, an unconventional creative workspace in Stockholm. The work of Håkan and his collaborators stretches across music, art, installations, games, robots, software, public installations, and more. It's quite difficult to define exactly what they do, which is a testament to their vision: "bringing totally new ideas into the world that weren't here before." Håkan himself is wildly prolific (he has released m

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Apr 1, 2021

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Carl-Johan Lindqvist

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Carl-Johan Lindqvist

Carl-Johan Lindqvist is co-founder of the Gothenburg-based design studio Lundgren+Lindqvist. Lundgren+Lindqvist’s practice covers visual identity design, art direction, graphics, print, packaging, signage, and web development. In all of these domains, their work sets the bar in terms of taste and sophistication. L+L describe themselves as a studio with "purpose and precision," while Carl-Johan specializes as a developer who “utilizes code as a tool as natural to the design process as pen and p

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Mar 1, 2021

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Human After All at ATÖLYE with Guest Speaker Timmy Ghiurau

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Human After All at ATÖLYE with Guest Speaker Timmy Ghiurau

Human After All is a new event series hosted by ATÖLYE and Design Disciplin. The series explores the present state of the art as well as visions for the future around human-computer interaction, interaction design, and experience design with digital materials. Human After All brings an international cohort of experts and pioneers into ATÖLYE's IRL space in Istanbul, creating opportunities to engage and participate in meaningful dialogues. The first convening of Human After All  focuses on the

Jan 3, 2023

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Editor's Choice: Profound Books I Read in 2022

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Editor's Choice: Profound Books I Read in 2022

I believe I'm extremely fortunate, because every morning I spend at least half an hour reading books. Every morning, one chapter, and I start the day feeling blessed – because I have the time and space to do this, and because I can afford to own books. As you might imagine, I end up reading a lot of books this way. I don't keep track of it very well, but this year I must have finished at least 20, and abandoned

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Dec 30, 2022

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