How Apple is Giving Design a Bad Name

Posted by |10 Nov 15 |

Bruce Tognazzini and I document the many shortcomings of Apple’s current design philosophy in this Fast Company article.

The “science” in the science of design

Posted by |19 Oct 15 |

Design is a complex field. Some components of design already are based upon good science, usually from the behavioral and cognitive sciences. Some are at the pre-scientific level of understanding. I believe that with a proper attitude to…

Affordances: Commentary on the Special Issue of AI EDAM

Posted by |18 Oct 15 |

The Journal “Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing” published a special issue on Affordances and asked me to comment on the collection. The concept of affordances has an interesting history, starting…

Encounters with HCI pioneers

Posted by |18 Oct 15 |

From the very beginnings of time, Ben Shneiderman has been busy photographing all that he sees. Ben was active in the pre-history days of the folks who tried to understand the newly-developed computing machines, especially as they moved …

Ready or not, the fully autonomous car is coming

Posted by |18 Oct 15 |

My Op-Ed piece for the San Diego Union-Tribune for September 26, 2015.

Ready for cars with computers as driver? No? Good, because the computers aren’t ready either. But have no doubt, they are coming.

The tremendous saving of liv…

Apple’s products are getting harder to use because they ignore principles of design.

Posted by |10 Aug 15 |

I was once proud to be at Apple, proud of Apple’s reputation of advancing ease of use and understanding. Alas, these attributes are fast disappearing from their products in favor of pretty looks, or as designers call it “styling.” A jour…