Eliminating the human

Editor’s note: This is a compelling argument – that technological innovation is designing out human interaction. Agree?

Technology Forces Us To Do Things We’re Bad At. Time To Change How Design Is Done

Editor’s note: Design and usability expert Don Norman gets to the herat of how technology can help humans perform better. To quote: “The proper way to design is to start off understanding the task that needs to be accomplished, structure the design of the tools to build upon human needs and capabilities, then construct technology that compensates for our weaknesses.” Are you listening learning technology vendors?

Making Learning Easier by Design

Editor’s note: Fascinating insights into designing a learning experience through an app – in this case Primer, a mobile app that helps people learn digital marketing concepts in 5 minutes or less.

The Future of Design in Technology

Editor’s note: Look at point three. If these trends are the shape of things to come, all learning tech will need to be incredibly well designed.

Building Products, Building Habits

Editor’s note: Some great insights here on how to use hooks to get users interested in your digital products.

9 design ideas that shaped the web

Editor’s note: It’s worth remembering these ideas – how well have they been adopted in online learning?

Slidedeck of the week: Designing the good life: the ethics of user experience design

Thanks to @burrough for recommending this wonderful deck on user experience. What are we really designing for? Designing the Good Life: The Ethics of User Experience Design from Sebastian Deterding

Design is about intent

Editor’s note: Design as a management tool – fascinating insights from Apple’s approach to design.

Designing with the mind in mind: simple guide to understanding user interface design

Editor’s note: The progression from controlled to automatic behaviours raises an obvious question for designers of interactive applications, online services, and electronic appliances: How can they be designed so that using them becomes automatic within a reasonable amount of time? This article shows how.

5 tips for game design and learning

Editor’s note: A great write-up here from Dan Steer who attended Julie Dirsen’s session on game design at last year’s ASTD conference. Dirksen spoke on a similar theme this week at Learning Technologies, which is why I hope this is useful.

Solving the right problem and finding your own solution: an interview with Don Norman

Editor’s note: If you are not familiar with the work of Don Norman, author of The Design of Everyday Things, then this is a good read. Norman shares his views design thinking and problem solving.

The 3 future waves in design, and how to ride them

Editor’s note: A product designer’s view of the future of design. Interesting perspective for learning designers.

The growing intricacies of responsive web design

Editor’s note: The methods and techniques for optimizing multidevice accessible Web sites are becoming more complex. Here’s a look at how responsive design is evolving.

Design thinking in L&D: curated tweets from #chat2lrn Twitter chat

Here are our curated tweets from the chat2lrn #twitter chat on #design thinking. [View the story “Design thinking in L&D” on Storify]

4 big trends shaping the future of design

Editor’s note: Liked this broader perspective on design and how some of the design challenges the assumption of the ‘real’ problem.