Interaction Design tools

…or lack thereof.

Today, on the Interaction Designers discuss list, CD Evans mentioned the lack of tools for Interaction Designers.

I suppose I’m an exception, because I come from a programming background, but I agree with his assertion about lack of tools.

For example, we Interaction Designers don’t have anything like what this Industrial Designer has. (That’s a car she’s prototyping, by the way.)

I don’t know if any of you mentor students, but one thing I always discuss with those interested in software is how much leverage I get from my programming background. The interesting thing is, I find the prototyping skills that come from my programming knowledge are far less valuable than the related language skills. Being able to talk about and empathize with the development team concerning programming issues gives me so much more credibility in their eyes.

I don’t think Interaction Designers should need programming skills, but until our tools get better, I guess were stuck with it as a work-around.

Fake blogs in my referrer logs?

FYI: I was just going to post about the fake blogs appearing in my referrer logs when I found a good discussion already happening on idly.org.

If you use Textism’s Refer, you can add this to your refer.php file to help keep the jerks out:
$rcfg[‘exclude’][] = ‘websearchus.com’;
$rcfg[‘exclude’][] = ‘bongohome.com’;
$rcfg[‘exclude’][] = ‘teoras.com’;
$rcfg[‘exclude’][] = ‘saulem.com’;
$rcfg[‘exclude’][] = ‘a-b-l-o-g.com’;
$rcfg[‘exclude’][] = ‘mikesspot.com’;
$rcfg[‘exclude’][] = ‘kwmap.com’;
$rcfg[‘exclude’][] = ‘jennifersblog.com’;
$rcfg[‘exclude’][] = ‘wr18.com’;
$rcfg[‘exclude’][] = ‘worldnewslog.com’;
$rcfg[‘exclude’][] = ‘saulem.com’;
$rcfg[‘exclude’][] = ‘malixya.com’;
$rcfg[‘exclude’][] = ‘kwlablog.com’;
$rcfg[‘exclude’][] = ‘akksess.com’;

Symposium On Foundations Of Interaction Design

Interaction Ivrea is hosting the “you know you wish you were there” event of the year, their Symposium On Foundations Of Interaction Design.

They also have a live video feed (Windows Media player required).

Mark Vanderbeeken, from the Institute, also tells me that they’re exploring the idea of making the videos available online, or possibly releasing a DVD, after the symposium. I’ll keep you updated as I get more information.

Palo Alto Sighting #10 – Larry Ellison

If my count is correct this is the 10th entry to my Palo Alto Sightings category.

About 20 minutes ago, I saw Larry Ellison cruising up University Ave., in a Mercedes SL600 (…or maybe it was an SL500. I was driving in the opposite direction, so I can’t really say.), top down, avec beautiful female companion. Would you expect anything less?

He was in almost the exact spot I saw Jakob a couple weeks ago. It’s becoming a prime corner for sightings!