Are there any other good webby or general IxD get togethers in the area?
Jared Spool wrote:
> > On Jan 27, 2009, at 11:22 PM, Jim Leftwich wrote: > >> I'm in extremely strong disagreement with Jarod in a number of things >> he states. > > I'm assuming you're talking about me (JarEd). There's another JarOd on > this list, who often has interesting things to say, but he hasn't > participated in this thread. I apologize if my assumption is incorrect. > >> I disagree with his statement that one does not know where >> a RED design will end until after it's finished. >> >> This is flatly untrue. It's a matter of experience. One has to >> have confidence of where a design (which can indeed be both grasped >> in the mind and in extensive blueprints) will be when implemented and >> realized. This is simply a fact that's been borne out in many >> designs by many designers. > > You can think of this as a two-by-two matrix. On the horizontal, you > have "Is not experienced" and "Is experienced". On there vertical you > have "Thinks is experienced" and "Doesn't think is experienced". > > I believe you're focusing on the quadrant that is both "Is > experienced" and "thinks is experienced." People in this quadrant will > likely do an excellent job. Similarly, the people in "Is not > experienced" and "Doesn't think is experienced" will likely resort to > other means, such as activity-focused or user-focused research, to get > the information they need to make decisions. > > It's the other two quadrants that produce issues. Those that fall into > "Is experienced" and "Doesn't think is experienced" will underperform > and spend resources on research that don't deliver new insights. Those > that fall into "Thinks is experienced" and "Is not experienced" will > blindly produce designs that are unlikely to succeed. > > It is this latter quadrant that I think has the most risk. In this > case, you won't know which column you're in ("Is experienced" vs. "Is > not experienced") until you've had a way to validate the design. You > may "think" you know, but that's a completely different axis. > > That was my original point. It is just rhetoric, but it's important > rhetoric as we try to broaden the field to that beyond just a few > folks who "get it" and make it into something that is scalable to the > demands that society seems to warrant it. That's where my interest in > this comes from. > >> He says he will never have to resort to RED. I'm at a bit of a loss >> to respond to Jarod, as I'm not actually familiar with his body of >> work. I would have to see Jarod's designs and understand the >> outcomes, the scale and expense of effort that went into them, and >> the domains that these took place in before commenting on his >> approach to design and development. > > What I actually said was: > >> I like the name Genius Design because it means I'll never resort to it. > > As Robert pointed out, I'm not a designer (though I do dabble in it > occasionally, often with poor results, thus increasing my respect for > those who are). I'm a researcher focused on design management (among > other things) and this denotation of decision styles (which is what I > refer to Genius/RED versus other type) is important, as it helps teams > understand when they do and don't need additional research to inform > their design. > > You can learn more about the work I've been doing from this recent > article that describes the different design decision styles: >http://is.gd/hywO > > Hope that helps you understand where I was coming from. > > JarEd > > Jared M. Spool > User Interface Engineering > 510 Turnpike St., Suite 102, North Andover, MA 01845 > e: jspool at uie.com p: +1 978 327 5561 >http://uie.com Blog: http://uie.com/brainsparks Twitter: jmspool > UIE Web App Summit, 4/19-4/22: http://webappsummit.com > > > ________________________________________________________________ > Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)! > To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org > Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe > List Guidelines ............ http://www.ixda.org/guidelines > List Help .................. http://www.ixda.org/help >