If you caught any part of F8, Build, Google.io, or #WWDC18, you no doubt saw some thought provoking demos. While these spring happenings are primarily for developers and the tech press, designers and fans also follow along. That’s because Design is baked into most of these demos; it demystifies the underlying tech and connects with audiences through an engaging story.
These events are part of the digital transformation that’s affecting every facet of life, including the design profession. John Maeda’s annual Design in tech report, chronicles the constantly evolving role of design. …
The Fluent Design System launched one year ago at Build. Joey Pitt, a Principle Design Lead on the Fluent team, shared his inside perspective on how the system works, how it is evolving, and how to get involved. Here are excerpts from our conversation.
DB: We’re coming up on a Fluent birthday
Joey Pitt: Fluent works with biannual releases. This cadence gets us a lot closer to some of the things that Agile development can do, like being more hypothesis-driven, being able to test things in the wild, and then course correct based on feedback. For example, we can posit…
Microsoft Design’s Medium Publication launched quietly at the end of 2016. Now, after one year on Medium, here are a few of our most read stories.
Fun fact: There are over 1,000 designers at Microsoft.
I had the privilege to work with a few of them in Tokyo, NYC, and Vancouver BC, as well as virtually in London, Berlin, and Hyderabad. I even travelled from Redmond HQ to Bellevue and Seattle a few times.
Co-chairing 2018’s Student Design Challenge are Ahmed Riaz and Ana Domb. Ahmed (or Riaz, as he’s known to colleagues) reflects on how the IxDA student competition changed the trajectory of his career.
AHMED RIAZ: My experience was really interesting. I really wanted to work in the UX industry, and I wasn’t feeling especially challenged in my current role. My vision was to get into a place like Frog or IDEO or one of the bigger consultancies. Incidentally, I had applied to both—and been rejected.
In the meantime I got into the DMBA program at CCA where in a studio class…
After a recent CreativeMornings event I met David Conrad who has organized CreativeMornings in Seattle since the chapter launched in 2011. We caught up later in Building 17 on the Microsoft campus where he leads a UX design team. These are edited excerpts from our conversation.
David Betz: How did you first get involved in CreativeMornings?
David Conrad: CreativeMornings was started about 10 years ago in New York by a woman named Tina Roth-Eisenberg, who was a friend of mine. I was having dinner at her house one night way before there were CreativeMornings anywhere outside of New York. I…
After arriving at the University of Washington with math and drafting skills, an affinity for art, and an intention to study architecture, Steve Kaneko pivoted into industrial design on this tip from a friend. “It’s like architecture, but you’re doing architecture for a product.” 25+ years later, Steve has become what some regard as the spiritual leader of Microsoft Design. “That’s probably because I’ve been here so long,” is Steve’s modest response.
Here are excerpts from our conversation about the future of design and tech, teams, beauty, and change.
David Betz: We’re entering what’s been called The Fourth Industrial Revolution…
The countdown to the exhibition opening had started. The last-minute venue change faded into the realm of “so 48 hours ago.” Jeff Brice, the chair of design at Cornish College of the Arts, was currently in triage mode over new tables.
“So, what about the new tables? NEW TABLES?”
Who knew the existing tables in the gallery did not provide the visual tracking required?!
“What exactly is ‘visual tracking’ and where do I find enough tables that have it? AND get them by tomorrow?”
Amidst a torrent of final details, Brice found the right tables in Everett, just an hour…
I’m sure there’s much going on there in Wolfsburg in the wake of the massive diesel emissions scandal. As your new chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch framed it, you are facing an “existence-threatening crisis.”
Perhaps you will fire a few more guys, hire some PR people with BP experience, take out a few more full-page ads, pay substantial fines, face interrogation from governments and regulators, retrofit the 11 million diesels to comply with emission standards, and then resume business as usual. …
Brand & Creative Services, Fenwick & West. Formerly Medium Editor, Microsoft Design | VP of Storytelling, UP Global (techstars). Views are my own.