This Week @ Portigal
April 30th, 2012
It’s a gorgeous sunny Monday here in Pacifica (stay away fog, stay away!) and we’re on our way into another interesting week.
- Later this week we’re taking our clients and their prototype out into the field to meet users. We’re also exploring how people are using a brand new product, something no one on our client team has any idea about, so we’re expecting a very cool experience. Meanwhile, Tamara is printing out materials, putting incentives in envelopes, charging batteries, picking meetup and debrief locations and other organizing the hell out of the whole process.
- We’ll be launching a new feature here devoted to war stories from field work.
- Steve gets his revising on, hopefully wrapping up the next iteration of the book manuscript.
- We’ve put away all the leftover snacks from our event last week and Tamara will be posting some of the highlights (of the discussion, not necessarily the snacks).
- Out and about: Look for us at the inauguration of the new Orange Silicon Valley office, at SF Service Design Drinks, or the Tangible UX Happy Hour.
- Steve will be heading over to Mozilla to speak with UX researchers and designers about how to synthesize user research data.
- We’ll be making at least one announcement about an upcoming conference presentation, and in a wonderful location!
- While it’s not quite American Idol level of tension and suspense, we’ll be chatting with more people this week about collaborating with and even joining our team.
- What we’re consuming: Roadie, head rubs, margaritas.
August 14th, 2008
Construction site, London, July 2008
The hook – a huge metal piece that moves through the site at all heights – is painted Day-Glo orange to increase the likelihood that people will see it, and avoid it.
Walking and Talking: March 20th in SF
March 7th, 2007
From Orange, who put on MarCamp, comes Mobile MeshWalk, a “Design Crawl and Walking Camp.” A MeshWalk – well, I’m still learning what that is. Check out the organizer’s description here (the short version is “a conference which is held in motion, outside, documented and captured digitally”).
December 6th, 2006
Last night was a launch party for Pikeo, a new photo sharing application. The product comes from France Telecom-Orange R&D (here in the Bay Area) but the party was at Adobe (since they provided Flex, an ingredient technology), where we had to sign a ridiculous NDA in order to gain access to the party. Food was pretty bad, conversation was pretty good, but seeing a demo wasn’t so easy. However, they had (as the FT-Orange people often do) lots of photography going on, and a few huge screens showing the Pikeo interface. One of them was regularly being updated with images from party, in some slideshow mode. The event was being archived as it was happening, with the archive being fed back into the event itself. You could see who was in the room just by standing in one spot and watching the screen. It wasn’t earthshaking but it was at least provocative to see the normal mode (go to an event, take pictures, go home and upload them, then review other’s pictures) subverted with a bit of technology and effort.
Here’s the setup (on flickr, ironically) before many people showed up.
ZoneTag Photo Tuesday 6:35 pm 12/5/06 San Francisco, California
Originally uploaded by Marc Davis.
Participation and Authenticity: The New Prosumer and User-Generated Content
September 28th, 2006
A slideshow of photos from the day, running on a TV monitor at the end of the day
Check out a PDF of my talking points from my session at MarCamp/
It was a fun day, met some new people, met some others I’d heard of but never actually met, saw some familiar friendly faces as well. Some good discussions, some not as good. I was frankly really pleased with the session I ran; I talked for a bit and then turned it over to the group to discuss and we had great people who were smart, experienced, opinionated and articulate. I couldn’t have been more pleased. Indeed, some of the themes were echoed throughout the other sessions I was in.
Juice is in the details
June 11th, 2006
Nice packaging detail. One might not notice the orange-section texture in the screw-top right away; makes for a nice surprise. I was strangely excited to discover this: a detail where none existed previously, a playfully gratuitous bit of decoration, a subtle feature that I felt the rush of discovery when encountering.