About Michael Cummings
Michael Cummings has been planning, designing, and producing interactive systems since 1995.
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IDEA Conf. Chicago 10.08

07.12.08 0

The Information Architecture Institute is holding their Information, Design, Experience, Access (IDEA) conference at Chicago’s Harold Washington Library, this coming October 7 and 8, 2008. The IDEA Conference addresses issues of design for an always-on, …read on »

Psychology of Everyday Things

07.10.08 0

Don Norman’s book was copy-written in 1988, and this one proves once again that great books can remain relevant long after they first land in people’s hands. Though its point of reference for computing and user interface design will seem charmingly innocent to 21st century readers, the books real topics, have not changed: people, how they do things, and what designers must do to reduce human confusion and anguish, and liberate humanity to enjoy doing what they want or must. The need for knowledge, insight and wisdom in user interface design, as Mr. Norman gently guides us through, is as urgent as ever. No UI, UX / UE, human factors engineer, user scientist, or professional designers of any kind should practice their trade without first reading with care Mr. Norman’s now famous book.

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Microfinance West, 07.08

07.05.08 0

On 7.14-15.08 The Silicon Valley Microfinance Network will host Microfinance West at the Fishermans Wharf Hilton in San Francisco. I’d love to attend but, quite unfortunately for all, it requires a macro-financial investment to register …read on »

Start Conference, SF 08.08

07.05.08 0

Jeffrey Veen and Co. have whipped up The Start Conference to help those who’d like to start their own companies. When it comes to conferences, I too think less is more. This one should be great. A few VC types actually advertising their attendance is also a good sign that there may even be some preexisting confidence in those who’d attend, as the network itself represents good company. So… ‘ya wanna start som’thin?’ …read on »

Start Conference, SF 8.7.08

07.05.08 0

Jeffrey Veen and Co. have whipped up The Start Conference to help those who’d like to start their own companies. When it comes to conferences, I too think less is more. This one should be great. A few VC types actually advertising their attendance is also a good sign that there may even be some preexisting confidence in those who’d attend, as the network itself represents good company. So… ‘ya wanna start som’thin?’ …read on »

Can The Web Save Us?

06.29.08 0

Some of us have held secret hopes for the web, that it will help extend the reach of democratic principals beyond the political sphere, as it is no longer the prime mover of social transformation. As discourse, popular and academic, on life science and information science have begun to connect at their respective frontiers, and turn more and more to systems theory for models of understanding, here I attempt to weave gossamer threads from related readings together, on a theme of patterns. And by this hope to catch the imagination of interaction designers, for how patterns in the natural universe may influence our work, so we may, going forward, utilize them for greater personal, economic, and social freedom and happiness, as the 4th of July 2008 approaches. …read on »

Top Eight UX Design Definitions

06.02.08 6

No one person or source can define a term. Vocabulary, like all symbolic systems, is only useful to the degree we share meaning and experience relating to it, and agree (ideally, with no social coercion) on what a term refers to. Dictionaries, at best, merely document our collective sense of meanings and associations. As there is much misuse of “user experience,” with and without “design” affixed, and there is no dictionary entry for it (yet), here are the top seven definitions of ux design. I sought ten and came up wanting, so this entry comes with an invitation to you to contribute those definitions of user experience design (full three terms) that you find most precise or useful. Or add your own… inclusion is conditional, however, on a credibility standard that can only be defined as “secret sauce.” …read on »

UX Week SF 08.08

05.17.08 0

Summary of Adaptive Path’s UX Week upcoming event in San Francisco California, from August 12 through 15, 2008. Speakers and workshops are highlighted, and a few thoughts are offered about event structure. If you’ve attended a previous UX Week event, your comments are welcome, if useful to others. …read on »

Got Strategy?

05.11.08 0

User experience design and strategy are inseparable. Some say strategy is at the center of UX design. Which I wholly agree with. In this article we simply recognize the difference between business strategy and interaction design strategy, what they may, and may not, have in common, and what the purpose of interaction design strategy is. I don’t pretend to have hold the strongest hand in this game, so your comments are strongly encouraged. …read on »

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