Barthes on the construction of myth in visual culture

Barthes called it ‘ideas in form’. ‘Myth has in fact a double function: it points out and it notifies, it makes us understand something and it imposes it on us.’³ Barthes described language ‘as a social institution and a system… Continue Reading →

From cave drawings to emojis: Communication comes full circle; Marcel Danesi; TEDxToronto

Quotes and resources from leading advocates in user centred design

  “We must design our technologies for the way people actually behave, not the way we would like them to”. (Jakob Nielsen, engineer and usability expert at Sun Microsystems). Jakob Nielsen advocated user testing and paper prototypes that put the… Continue Reading →

Hugh Dubberley on Design In The Age of Biology

  Once we described computers as mechanical minds, increasingly we describe computer networks with more biological terms – bugs, viruses, attacks, communities, social capital, trust, identity… and…as design moves into the age of biology and shifts from a mechanical object… Continue Reading →

Interaction design specialist Hugh Dubberly on role of graphic designers

"Computers have advanced enough that graphic designers now have a major role to play in the development of what shows up on our computer screens and in the way we use our computers— that is, in the design of content and the design of interaction. I believe this is the area where computers will most change the way we communicate, the way we design, and the way we teach design". (1990)

“Computers have advanced enough that graphic designers now have a major role to play in the development of what shows up on our computer screens and in the way we use our computers— that is, in the design of content… Continue Reading →

Apples’s 1987 “Knowledge Navigator” video said to have influenced products like iPad, Siri, Skype



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