Author Archive for: ‘testjoe’

New hope for mobile UX design?

Interesting conjecture from FastCompany about Google’s experimental mobile OS, ‘Fuchsia’.  Our current ‘wall of apps’ modality – where each app is aimed a solving a small subset of a larger problem, generally works in isolation of other applications, and is represented by an icon organized on various screens – doesn’t really match how we solve problems and use devices. I …

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Personas in the design process – good or bad?

Some interesting points about the use (or maybe mis-use) of personas in the design process.  Short version – the author is not a fan and does not use them.  I generally disagree.  I find personas useful.  His points are very good – personas can be an excuse to limit contact with users, can mask developers’ misunderstandings, prejudices and assumptions, are …

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Helpful User-Centered Design Case Study

Great real-world story that covers many of the design challenges our students/graduates may face – includes some of what worked well (case studies and user personas) and what didn’t work as well (development tools that limited UI possibilities.) Bikes for London Case Study – User Experience Design Portfolio of Simon Pan Also passing along the author’s recommended reading list: https://medium.com/interactive-mind/the-only-ux-reading-list-ever-d420edb3f4ff -Joe

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Recommended Reading: “A little respect: four case studies of HCI’s disregard for other disciplines”

HCI and MOVES are inherently interdisciplinary topics. As such, we are often challenged to explore and synthesize new fields or application areas. Our summaries and conclusions need to be very accurate and incredibly succinct – no small challenge. A CHI ’17 paper addresses these challenges, covers some recent bad examples in HCI, and provides some helpful guidelines for maintaining integrity …

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Congratulations – Mike Zyda, IEEE VGTC Virtual Reality Technical Achievement Award

Hearty Congratulations! MOVES founding director, Mike Zyda was recognized with the 2017 IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee’s Technical Achievement Award for his many exciting contributions to the field of virtual reality. Among other noteworthy contributions to this quickly-evolving field, the award recognizes Mike’s contribution to developing the Nation’s top gaming curriculum at USC. The attached VR2017-VGTCAward-tech[1] sums it up …

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HBR Review of VA Transformation

The author invited VA Secretary Bob McDonald to present his views on transformation of the VA over the last 2 1/2 years as part of the author’s Managing Service Organizations course. One of the 5 lessons McDonald reflected one, “Build a capacity for learning and continuous improvement,” makes specific mention of the importance of Lean Six Sigma and Human-Centered Design …

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AI and Healthcare – perspectives from down under

Perspectives from Australia’s National Science Agency – CSIRO Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organization – on the challenges, current state and projected future of big data and machine learning for improved healthcare. https://theconversation.com/why-artificial-intelligence-has-not-revolutionised-healthcare-yet-69403 The author is Group Leader, Biomedical and Informatics at CSIRO. -joe

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USNI: Randy Forbes possible SECNAV ??

Sponsor of House Resolution 487: Recognizing M&S as a National Critical Technology Randy Forbes is the Favorite for Trump’s Secretary of the Navy THE PENTAGON — An advocate for a 350-ship Navy and $20-billion annual shipbuilding budgets and a vocal opponent of Chinese aggression in the Western Pacific will likely be the pick for the next Secretary of the Navy …

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Universal Healthcare

Since healthcare is an important recruiting, retention and readiness issue, you may appreciate this article. It provides useful background on US costs/quality as well as policy issues that contribute to why the US, unlike most other developed nations, does not have universal healthcare. -Joe

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Missing the boat on underwater robotics?

Many great points in RADM Byus’ article… Underwater Robots: Will the Pentagon Miss the Boat? – Blog “It will take some progressive thinkers in the Defense Department to say, ‘For this industrial base to be in place when we need it, we need to kick start the commercial applications as well as the government applications.’” A cautionary tale is found …

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