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How designers can influence behavior
From Putting People First

How designers can influence behavior

Robert Fabricant wrote about the role of the designer in behavioural change and describes three new design strategies: persuasion design, catalyst design and performance...

The limits of user-generated contents, as demonstrated by a North-Korean case
From Putting People First

The limits of user-generated contents, as demonstrated by a North-Korean case

About four weeks ago, I wrote a post denouncing Current TV for their hypocrisy: encouraging user-generated content when it is not threatening, but actively censoring...

The Economist on sensors, mapping and mobiles
From Putting People First

The Economist on sensors, mapping and mobiles

The Economist this week comes with a new edition of its 24-page Technology Quarterly supplement, which contains four articles that are related to the theme of this...

Public design projects by Participle
From Putting People First

Public design projects by Participle

The site of Participle, a UK social design consultancy, contains some good materials on the design of the next generation of public services. Only the Lonely: Public...

Mobile gesture design at Nokia - developing a new dialect of interaction
From Putting People First

Mobile gesture design at Nokia - developing a new dialect of interaction

The field of mobile gestures is a fascinating one that Nokia is keenly exploring and researching, with explorative designers Younghee Jung and Dan Macleod on the...

PICNIC
From Putting People First

PICNIC

The upcoming PICNIC ‘09 conference (Amsterdam, 23-25 September) just announced is key themes: Exploding Media: Exploding Story This is the story of the extraordinary...

Reinventing the home appliance
From Putting People First

Reinventing the home appliance

A Windows-enabled and Web-connected coffee maker like the prototype in this photo could check online for the proper grinding size of the beans you

Tim Berners-Lee: I no longer understand the web
From Putting People First

Tim Berners-Lee: I no longer understand the web

World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee wants to put the web under the microscope to investigate how it changes our behaviour. Paul Marks asked in The New Scientist...

Thinking about an Ushahidi-for-mBanking platform
From Putting People First

Thinking about an Ushahidi-for-mBanking platform

After Patrick Meier, a doctoral research fellow at Harvard University, a PhD candidate at The Fletcher School, and an active contributor at Ushahidi, participated...

Clay Shirky on social media and the emotional dimension of news
From Putting People First

Clay Shirky on social media and the emotional dimension of news

Clay Shirky is this week’s guest on Nokia’s IdeasProject site. He talks about social media and the emotional dimension of news. “Clay Shirky says that the lightning...

FT special report on connectivity
From Putting People First

FT special report on connectivity

The Financial Times has published a special report on connectivity, analysing the implications of a connected planet. My preferred pieces: Skills: Business must...

In the US, even the homeless stay connected
From Putting People First

In the US, even the homeless stay connected

The Wall Street Journal reports on the use of the internet by homeless people in San Francisco. “A few years ago, some people were worrying that a “digital divide”...

Round. The World. Connected. A video series
From Putting People First

Round. The World. Connected. A video series

The Nokia Siemens Network has created an extremely well produced website and video series, entitled “Round. The World. Connected.” that sets out to understand what...

Your future job is social Innovator: Predictions from Ezio Manzini
From Putting People First

Your future job is social Innovator: Predictions from Ezio Manzini

“The main activity of designers will be as social innovators,” said Ezio Manzini during an intimate conversation with o2NYC on May 6. Ezio’s talk outlined an exit...

Inside MAYA Design
From Putting People First

Inside MAYA Design

How a little lab called MAYA is giving firms such as Emerson and General Dynamics an innovation boost. Fast Company reports. “MAYA Design is juicing innovation...

Interviews on service design research
From Putting People First

Interviews on service design research

Earlier this month researchers Daniela Sangiorgi, Stefano Maffei and Nicola Morelli launched a promising new initiative focused on service design research: While...

The demise of
From Putting People First

The demise of

Alice Rawsthorn, design critic of the International Herald Tribune, reflects on the fact that the appearance of most digital products bears no relation to what...

Considering the future of mobile phones
From Putting People First

Considering the future of mobile phones

Ken Banks, creator of FrontlineSMS, writes in PC World on the future of mobile phones and believes that many future mobile innovations will be borne out of the...

Gartner: Users of mobile payments to double by 2012
From Putting People First

Gartner: Users of mobile payments to double by 2012

The number of people using mobile devices to purchase goods and services is expected to more than double by the end of 2012 globally, research firm Gartner Inc....

NPR: mobile phones do much more than make calls
From Putting People First

NPR: mobile phones do much more than make calls

In Asia, Africa, Europe and elsewhere, cell phone technology has always been way ahead of what’s available in the states. Around the world, people use their phones...
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