Patterns, Idioms and Metaphors

Patterns, Idioms and Metaphors

In conversation and in writing, I’ve used the terms “pattern,” “idiom” and “metaphor” in the context of design. But what do these terms mean? Don’t these terms pertain to language and not design? Well certainly, these...

What is a “True” Interaction Designer?

I just finished reading Uday Gajendar’s blog post about What’s a “true” interaction designer? I find little to disagree with. I have always been partial to (and perhaps over-emphasize) the aesthetic and graphic aspect of my job, but I wouldn’t expect...
What is an interaction designer?

What is an interaction designer?

Well, I’ve briefly explored what a designer is, but I’m sure many of you are asking, “okay, but what is an interaction designer?” An interaction designer is a designer with a specific emphasis on the interaction between human beings and...
What is a designer? Distinct

What is a designer? Distinct

If designers are so different, what’s the use of having them around? There are two factors to answering this question. First, there is frequently a misconception of what designer does and contributes to a product. The second is an honest question of the value of...
What is a designer? Different

What is a designer? Different

Over the years, I have done some development as a means of survival and necessity. I’d have to say, it isn’t my favorite thing to do. I enjoy aspects of it because I can see my designs come to fruition; but frankly, some of the deeper technical stuff like...