Designing with Lenses - Slides - CHIFOO 4/7/2010

Had a great time last night presenting at CHIFOO in Portland. Lovely facility at the White Stag Block, University of Oregon. Thanks Leo Frishberg for the wonderful hospitality. This was the first time I have given a talk on design lenses so was curious how it would be received. I was really happy with the positive feedback.

The biggest takeaways for me were:

  • The idea of lenses is a great way to mentally frame design principles
  • There is a strong interest in us curating these principles
  • There is still some tinkering on how broad the lenses should be (lumping vs. splitting). The analogy of a camera lens was used by Ann Marcus. Narrow the lens and get the details but lose more of the context. Widen and you get less detail but a broader application.
  • That lenses can serve (as patterns do) to inform not just designers but all involved in product design as a common vocabulary and repository for examples.

Let me know what you think.

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