Category Archives: Essays

How Apple is Giving Design a Bad Name

Posted by Jnd.org |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 Jnd.org |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 Jnd.org |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 Jnd.org |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 …

A Product Is More than a Product — Consider the Chair

Posted by Jnd.org |25 Jul 15 |

Imagine how the 21st century chair might perk up when guests arrive, autonomously transforming itself as needed. It can become a stepstool when someone needs to stand on it, or a bed, perhaps formed by enlisting other chairs so that they…

A Product Is More than a Product — Consider the Chair

Posted by Jnd.org |25 Jul 15 |

Imagine how the 21st century chair might perk up when guests arrive, autonomously transforming itself as needed. It can become a stepstool when someone needs to stand on it, or a bed, perhaps formed by enlisting other chairs so that they…