Monthly Archives: February 2012

Visual Search – Please, I’m begging you!

At breakfast the other morning, my colleague Alan Wood was excited to try out a software tool, Devonthink, that he’d just read about in Steven Johnson’s Where Good Ideas Come From:  “Private serendipity can be cultivated by technology as well. For … Continue reading

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“We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!”

The buzz around badges is heating up in the educational environment. Whenever I hear badges, I immediately think of the old western movie where the hombre exclaims “We don’t need no stinkin’ badges.” Cathy Davidson has a thoughtful post on … Continue reading

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Search and you shall receive

Sometimes we are so close to technological advances that we forget what an amazing world we’ve created for ourselves. I was reminded of this world of magic when I set out to search for my deceased uncle’s EdD dissertation. I … Continue reading

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The Non-Linear or Layered eBook

As a life long and life wide software entrepreneur, I love building software systems. Well, to be truthful, I love doing the user research and design of the system. Once the system is designed, then it is just that small matter … Continue reading

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Software Practice – A PaineFull Discussion

One of the joys of teaching graduate school is getting to interact with bright young HCDE PhD students. Recently, I’ve been able to spend quality time with Drew Paine, a software engineering graduate of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Drew reminded … Continue reading

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The End of the Age of Reproduction?

“We shape our tools, and thereafter they shape us.” – Marshall McLuhan The theme of the Industrial Age was Economies of Scale. How do we do things in volume? The goal of a business was how to make sure that … Continue reading

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Company as Product

In the middle of his entertaining and energetic lecture at the University of Washington’s Foster Business School in an entrepreneuring class, Ralph Derrickson suddenly stopped at the left side of the room. He started chuckling and said “You know as … Continue reading

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Designing – The Art of Finding Tangible Surrogates

Way too many years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Kim Erwin, an energetic and intelligent graduate student at the Institute of Design (today she is an assistant professor at ID). I was at ID finalizing an investment in … Continue reading

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Creating Your Personal Future

“‘Kingfish, where’d you get your good judgment?’ And Kingfish says, ‘From my experience.’ And where’d you get your experience from?’ And Kingfish says ‘From bad judgment.’” I am often asked to help entrepreneurs, executives and students with the direction they … Continue reading

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Know Thyself – UW Bothell Innovation Forum

In his opening remarks at the closing session of the week long Innovation Forum at UW Bothell, University of Washington President Michael Young observed “universities are great at shining the bright light of research on all aspects of the world … Continue reading

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