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December 04, 2005

Innovation vs. design.

Bruce Nussbaum

Steve Portigal had a hard time getting through the spam patrol so I'm going to post his comments on my latest outburst. Of course, he has a decent point. Core77 is running a great thread on the debate.

Portigal-- "Bold statement, Bruce, and thanks for making it. I appreciate taking

the "risk" to express a strongly critical opinion.

Depending on the venue, one conversation need not preclude the other.

I do agree that getting people together physically (to confer, as it

were) is expensive in every sense of the word and those times need to

be used for something else.

As an aside, I'm fairly passionate about the types of conference

experiences that can be created about issues like design, business,

and research with users. I've written my fall experiences up in a

long post:

http://chittahchattah.blogspot.com/2005/11/canux-awf-dux-epic.html

But anyway, how do we stop the navel-gazing that seems to dominate a

few professions - the software design people (be it IA or UX or

whatever), the applied anthropologists? I find it even more

paralyzing than the design/innovation discussion.

Personally, I don't have a stake in trying to solve the unsolvable,

but sometimes the journey can be kind of interesting.

Our new discussion board on Core77 -

http://boards.core77.com/viewforum.php?f=32 - is sort of interesting

to watch - perhaps even from a slightly anthropological point of view

to see how troubled the conversation is - establishing

common language, agreeing on success or other metrics, etc.

I think the navel-gazing on the board linked above is pretty

stimulating, as long as you don't try to reach a resolution but

wallow in a variety of perspectives.

And again, that conversation takes place in addition to many others

(as you say) that are crucial. Not instead."

OK Steve. I hear you.

07:56 AM

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