[axbom] - The one with Aristotle

“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”  – Aristotle
October 23 - Issue #2

Per Axbom


Documenting the conflict between good intents and bad outcomes.

“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”  – Aristotle

Business & Personal
What a week! Interact London 2016 (a 2-day conference) put us in touch with some great minds and speakers. Many of the conversations carried on into the night.
Here are some of my key takeaways from Interact London:
  • There was a tendency to use the word design rather than UX. I like this, as it helped us avoid digressing into discussions about definitions.
  • As we are approaching chatbots and artificial intelligence, we will need to place much more importance on the words in our content.
  • The ability to tune into emotions is pivotal to creating good conversational interfaces.
  • As professional designers we will spend less time on interfaces and more time on understanding the ecosystems that make up experiences. Interfaces will use more standardized frameworks.
  • Ethics is increasingly important. We need to more often consider what we are building and in whose interest we are nudging people to perform tasks.
Design ethics is in fact one of my biggest interests right now. I’m currently reading up on what Aristotle has had to say about the philosophy of ethics.
Interviewing Sarah Doody at Interact London. [photo by Alastair Campbell]
James and I interviewed 6 of the speakers for UX Podcast and you’ll find a Soundcloud playlist right here. Over the coming weeks we will be releasing these interviews with our own commentary, so make sure you’re subscribed in iTunes or your podcatcher of choice.
All the best,
P.S. On Tuesday I’m giving a talk with my top tips for large, successful public sector projects. Wish me luck!
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