A strong pattern emerged to me from a variety of publications that I had the time to read today. A new potential technological landscape is emerging in the world, and designers need to be vigilant to how we can help people find meaning amid ever-increasing complexity.
- The essence of technology is a new enframing of our world that can reveal a hidden potential danger to the human experience, as well as its very salvation: http://www.wright.edu/cola/Dept/PHL/Class/P.Internet/PITexts/QCT.html (Martin Heidegger doing his philosophical thing in an essay)
- The Internet is moving away from being a browser-based experience, and towards the wide world of apps: http://m.wired.com/magazine/2010/08/ff_webrip/all/1 (Wired Magazine article titled “The Web Is Dead”)
- When billions use technology every day, we are doing a great disservice to humanity to lock out the individual from the MAKING side of technology: http://speedbird.wordpress.com/2010/07/13/every-user-a-developer/ (Adam Greenfield blog post titled “Every user a developer”)
- Given a world so heavily mediated by technology, designers need to better respect people’s divergent needs by designing and building tailored systems that each offer the potential for a more high-quality and satisfying experience: (Bill Buxton speaking at This Happened — Utrecht #6)
- The field of HCI increasingly has to address issues of societal, moral and ethical implications: http://mags.acm.org/communications/200903/?folio=58CFID=97701786&CFTOKEN=44400878#pg60 (ACM article titled “On Being Human”; subscription-only, sorry about that)
- Personally stepping away from technology can be a difficult yet valuable act: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/16/technology/16brain.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2 (NY Times article titled “Outdoors and Out of Reach, Studying the Brain”)