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UX Day 2015 Keynote Address: Chris Pacione

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As a Co-Founder and CEO of LUMA Institute, Chris leads a highly skilled, multidisciplinary team of practitioners located around the world who are passionate about preparing organizations to be more innovative. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of design and innovation in the US, Europe, and Asia and is co-author of the book “Innovating for People.”

If you did not attend the UX Day Keynote session by Chris Pacione from the LUMA Institute, you missed a great interactive experience in innovation. He started off with a little bit of the traditional format as he explained design thinking and the LUMA Institute’s approach to innovation. But then he flipped the switch and engaged the entire audience in an interactive innovation experience.

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Are Creative Cities Still Important?

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Richard Florida has long been an advocate of what he calls the Creative Class and the relevance of co-locating in cities. Even with telecommuting and social networking and virtual organizations, his message is that the serendipity of city life can not (at least not yet) be reproduced online. Even more important now, perhaps, because we don’t need cities for the traditional reasons. Creativity is the driving force behind city prosperity.

The scientists that are trying out the newest ideas no longer tend to concentrate in big cities. The advantage of living in a big city that used to pertain basically since the 1880s all the way through the 1980s, that advantage has collapsed in the 2000s. Scientists and inventors working in small cities are trying out new ideas at the same rate as scientists working in larger cities.

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Quirky’s Hybrid Innovation Crowdsourcing

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There was a recent write-up about the innovation crowdsourcing company Quirky (warning: gated) that shows how the company has developed since it was named as one of the top inventions of 2014. I know I wrote about it back then, but I can’t remember where (and my usually reliable search engine is failing me on this one). My Take When Quirky started, the idea was pretty unique. It started with the typical innovation crowdsourcing model. Users would post ideas and the crowd would vote on…

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Turn Signal Bicycle Gloves

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Zackees has developed a new product that might be of interest to anyone in the product design, safety, or surface transportation areas. It is a pair of turn signal gloves for bicyclist that light up along the side when briefly held together. A blinking turn signal pulses at the back of your hand, letting motorists know you’re going to turn or pass, and on which side.

A circuit that lights the gloves brightens when sensors and a set of metal rivets connect. The metal rivets click when they do connect, giving you extra feedback so you know they’ve activated. Holding your thumb and pointer finger together starts the blinking turn indicator. The light turns off when you separate the rivets, or after a preset time so you don’t burn through the batteries because the rivets happen to touch in storage.

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The UX of the Future

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We are trying to save Thursday’s articles for a deeper or broader look at the HF/E world. There was a conference last November that focused on the future of UX. I just found the transcript of a panel discussion where some of the thought leaders in this field opined about what they saw in our futures. I thought I would share and open these ideas up to your thought.

It’s 2024. You’ve just finished your UX education and you’re at the graduation party your parents have thrown for you. An old friend of theirs tells you that he has one word for you as you consider your future. What is it and why?

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Kawaii

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This article is the next in our series based on the Fast Company list of the 50 Most Innovative Companies. I want to take a step sideways and talk about the Japanese principle of Kawaii. Kawaii is the basis for Line, a Japanese company that fell into an entire line of products by accident – a great example of the reality that innovation is a combination of invention, implementation, and preparedness. First, what is kawaii? Kawaii is that “cuteness” that has been popular in Japan…

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One Year Anniversary

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In honor of the one year anniversary of EID’s relaunch (check out our first post ever here) under our new format, we thought we would copy an innovative technique used by Ta-Nehisi Coates. In addition to being a brilliant, award winning writer, he is also credited for having one of the best comment management strategies for his blog at The Atlantic magazine. One dimension of his strategy, which seems obvious on the surface but is incredibly rare, is to start with the assumption that some…

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Fast Company Editor’s Message on Innovation

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As I promised last week, I want to spend some time today on the Fast Company Editor’s Message that prefaced the 50 Most Innovative Companies list. He (Robert Safian) shares 20 lessons that he learned from making the list. It is this kind of metacognitive ability that makes for a good magazine editor, as well as a lot of other abilities. I want to touch on the few that resonated with me the most.

We wanted to assemble the most accomplished innovators and doers in the four-year history of our global readers’ challenge.

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Fast Company 50 Most Innovative Companies

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The latest issue of Fast Company has their list of the 50 Most Innovative Companies. There are countless insights hidden away in this list and I strongly recommend reading through them all. Some of them are innovative in their technology, which is typically what we think of. But others innovate their business model, their customer experience, and other parts of the design process.

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How Long Do We Have to Wait for Effective Notifications?

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I have been sitting on this topic for over a year. I finally am breaking down. After the CES show, I don’t see anything better on the market right now, but this idea for operating system–level notification modeling from Shruti Gandhi has given be enough hope to propose some ideas.

One answer could be consolidation. Snowball is almost headed in the right direction. Snowball consolidates all your alerts in one place.