Designing for Emerging Technologies
UX for Genomics, Robotics, and the Internet of Things
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: November 2014
Pages: 504

The recent digital and mobile revolutions are a minor blip compared to the next wave of technological change, as everything from robot swarms to skin-top embeddable computers and bio printable organs start appearing in coming years. In this collection of inspiring essays, designers, engineers, and researchers discuss their approaches to experience design for groundbreaking technologies.

Design not only provides the framework for how technology works and how it’s used, but also places it in a broader context that includes the total ecosystem with which it interacts and the possibility of unintended consequences. If you’re a UX designer or engineer open to complexity and dissonant ideas, this book is a revelation.

Contributors include:

  • Stephen Anderson, PoetPainter, LLC
  • Lisa Caldwell, Brazen UX
  • Martin Charlier, Independent Design Consultant
  • Jeff Faneuff, Carbonite
  • Andy Goodman, Fjord US
  • Camille Goudeseune, Beckman Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Bill Hartman, Essential Design
  • Steven Keating, MIT Media Lab, Mediated Matter Group
  • Brook Kennedy, Virginia Tech
  • Dirk Knemeyer, Involution Studios
  • Barry Kudrowitz, University of Minnesota
  • Gershom Kutliroff, Omek Studio at Intel
  • Michal Levin, Google
  • Matt Nish-Lapidus, Normative
  • Erin Rae Hoffer, Autodesk
  • Marco Righetto, SumAll
  • Juhan Sonin, Involution Studios
  • Scott Stropkay, Essential Design
  • Scott Sullivan, Adaptive Path
  • Hunter Whitney, Hunter Whitney and Associates, Inc.
  • Yaron Yanai, Omek Studio at Intel
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Designing for Emerging Technologies examines emerging technologies from a design perspective. This means it examines not how they function or how to implement them, but how can they impact individuals and society, what issues stand in the way of adoption, what opportunities they open up for designers, and what are some risks. It covers a variety of topics including 3D / additive printing, synthetic biology, IoT, robotics, visualization, and wearables.

You won't find in-depth discussions of any of these topics, but it is interesting to see how designers think about these technologies. Keep in mind I am not a designer (I am a process analyst), but I suspect the essays are interesting and approachable to nearly everyone with a technical background.

The writing ranges from the extremely practical to the obtuse, in that way you sometimes hear from designers. This may turn off some readers, but the tone can change fairly quickly. Most readers can read most chapters, but I did finding myself skipping a couple chapters (i.e. designing musical instruments).

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