Very excited to see the newest revision of the Weather Underground radar app for iPad released into the world. I put together a quick a landing page more for SEO than anything, but it sings a good song.
Even the little jobs can be fun. Having been given the mission to make nametags for everyone in the office's desk, I went ahead and came up with a fun papercraft project with moving parts. Burned a tiny bit of budget to get a Cameo plotting cutter to save production time and a half day later they were done.
Of course there were paper prototypes to start, powerful tools that can be used on even the smallest projects.
Cloud this, cloud that. Everyone wants to talk about their virtual cloud and distributed computing. At Weather Underground, our cloud is real. I am excited to help them tell their story to pitch the weather API at Techcrunch this year.
The design process is a a user flow and can be as designed.
Design is a way of solving problems, telling stories, sharing knowledge and it all starts with process. Understanding the way we understand the world, the way the mind turns sensation into information is a good start. Gestalt theory and cognitive science are deep wells to dip into, but fruitful. Blooms Taxonomy (link) is a good shorthand, and lends itself as a good model for the design process.
While it is hard to visually demonstrate something that is at the end invisible, design thinking, working in collaborative groups and transforming from students into teachers is the heart of what we do.
Design thinking is the model of the information age, and designers are poised to change the world in ways even greater than the rail and oil barons of the past. Things have changed, our new engines run on knowledge.