Articles about Innovation

Capturing the Vibe of a Neighborhood: Exploring Through Geotagged Tweets

Using tweets to understand what a geographical neighborhood is like shows both the promise and some of the limitations of big data analysis. [Read More]

Turning User Research on Its Head (Book Review)

A review of “Presumptive Design: Design Provocations for Innovation” by Leo Frishberg and Charles Lambdin. [Read More]

Knot an Innovation: Ten Rules for Successful Products

The ten rules and the tetrahedron of innovation are tools to collaborate and develop designs and products that people want to use and embrace every day. [Read More]

Innovation and UX: Towards an Adaptive and Motive-Based Approach

Product design often focuses on incremental innovation—new features and standard metrics. To create products with a deep emotional connection, we must consider not only functionality, but also symbolic meaning. [Read More]

Innovating with Fans: Social Games and Technology Design

When users’ expertise connects with designers’ solution expertise, new products often click. Platforms like LINE and social games like Pokémon Go show the power of connected fan communities for innovation. [Read More]

The Quest for the Better Me: Helping You Be, Do, Feel, and Look Better

Help people be, do, feel, and look better to create products that are designed to win both the hearts and minds of their customers [Read More]

Breakthrough Products Need Breakthrough Collaboration (Book Review)

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A review of The New ABCs of Research: Achieving Breakthrough Collaboration by Ben Shneiderman. A fresh look at how teams and innovation work together. [Read More]

Design for Innovation (Book Review)

A review of 101 Design Methods: A Structured Approach for Driving Innovation in Your Organization by Vijay Kumar. A guidebook about innovation and design thinking techniques. [Read More]

UX Strategy: Fad or New World Order?

Company executives increasingly agree that good design is good business. Has UX finally been recognized as strategic? How do we take advantage of this? [Read More]

Physician Heal Thyself: A Doctor’s View of Healthcare Software

Doctors, administrators, and IT staff in a hospital often have different views of technology. User experience professionals need to be aware of these differences when designing medical systems. [Read More]

Helping Software Learn: Designing for Recommendation Engines

Products based on personalized recommendations can make content more relevant and compelling, as long as they are designed to minimize effort for users and maximize transparency. [Read More]

A Design Workshop in Lima, Peru: Teaching a Creative Process

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In April 2014, UX researchers from MIT led a UX design workshop for participants from local creative industries in Lima, Peru. They introduced key techniques for research, ideation, concept development, and refinement. [Read More]

Useful Personal Health Records: Designing for Accessibility and Innovation

Designing specifically for people with disabilities can lead to electronic personal health records that are not only accessible, but innovative, useful, and beneficial for everyone. [Read More]

Design for Chronic Conditions: From Understanding to Innovation

Reviews, interviews, and examinations are important but empathic study is crucial for healthy designers to understand the needs of a patient suffering from chronic conditions. [Read More]

Creativity in Design and UX (Book Review)

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A review of Creative Confidence:Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom Kelley and David Kelley. Creativity and design in the user experience. [Read More]

What’s News: A Bevy of Good Ideas

Mass collaboration in the development process can lead to simple to produce, inexpensive, and user-friendly devices [Read More]

Finding Uses For New Technology: Moving with a Magic Thing

The user cannot always be the starting point for new products but involving users provides us with a way to find applications for technology-driven innovations. [Read More]