Articles by: haiyan

The building blocks of innovation and the history of the steam locomotive

The building blocks of innovation and the history of the steam locomotive

At the Sketching in Hardware conference this year I spoke about a few subjects I’ve become very passionate about: the history of the steam locomotive, behaviours that foster innovation and OpenIDEO. I somehow found a way to string these things together into a cohesive whole, looking at the building blocks […]

by × November 14, 2011 × 4 comments

What can the bagels tell you about your office?

I’ve been doing some readings on ‘pop culture economics’ recently, with books such as Freakonomics, Superfreakonomics and Dan Ariely’s Predictably Irrational. The combination of stats and storytelling in these books make my data viz nerd brain go a bit gooey. They’re so good, I managed to read all three books […]

by × October 11, 2011 × 4 comments
Your flagship product is our nice-to-have feature

Your flagship product is our nice-to-have feature

Twitter has been adding a few new features to its core service recently, features that fold in what other startups have been trying to do in order to make using twitter easier. Little did these startups know, their flagship product was just user testing for Twitter to figure out what […]

by × August 23, 2011 × 3 comments
Japan’s crowd-sourced radiation readings becomes a movement

Japan’s crowd-sourced radiation readings becomes a movement

The Japan Geigermap is in its 5th week and a lot of activity has happened around the map and this crowd-sourcing phenomenon. In fact, a loosely connected community of enthusiasts and (dare I say it) obsessives have sprung up to drive forward the effort of providing crowd-sourced information on radiation […]

by × April 24, 2011 × 1 comment
Crowd-sourced radiation readings from Japan

Crowd-sourced radiation readings from Japan

Inspried by Shigeru Kobayashi‘s work and the desire to just make something, I created a google map visualisation of radiation readings from across Japan. These are crowd-source readings from numerous geiger counters hooked up to the Internet. The folks at Pachube have aggregated these readings and made them available for people to […]

by × March 18, 2011 × 47 comments
Visualising the Community DNA for OpenIDEO

Visualising the Community DNA for OpenIDEO

Following on from my last post about designing for social engagement on OpenIDEO.com, I’ve started playing with our user data to better visualise the make-up of the community.I thought that DNA sequencing might be a nice visual analogy for the unique signature of a social ecology and so created a […]

by × March 13, 2011 × 4 comments
Designing for an ecosystem – OpenIDEO’s user engagement framework

Designing for an ecosystem – OpenIDEO’s user engagement framework

The OpenIDEO platform launched 7 months, 2 days ago and since then we’ve seen an amazing collective of people gather around the site and adopt it as their own (12,000 members and counting). I think out of all the outcomes of the platform, this has been the most meaningful for […]

by × March 3, 2011 × 8 comments
Where’s your Visceral Payoff?

Where’s your Visceral Payoff?

Recently, I’ve returned to playing one of my favourite video games, Warcraft 3. I’ve always been a fan of the real-time strategy genre and specifically Warcraft as it embodies 2 aspects of video games that really appeal to my sensibilities: resource management and wanton death & destruction. It’s a solid […]

by × January 26, 2011 × 1 comment
Polaroid goes Gaga

Polaroid goes Gaga

It’s been a whole year since Lady Gaga was named Creative Director for Polaroid and in that time she’s done a lot of promo polaroid shots and participated in what may well have been the craziest brainstorms ever… And now for the final reveal… a new line of products called […]

by × January 7, 2011 × 1 comment
Some design thoughts behind OpenIDEO

Some design thoughts behind OpenIDEO

Today sees the launch of OpenIDEO – a genuinely innovative web platform and I’m very proud to have been a part of its development. OpenIDEO activates the global community of creative people to solve some of the world’s tough challenges. Each challenge is an opportunity to go on a journey […]

by × August 2, 2010 × 1 comment
Extending the lifespan of the gadget

Extending the lifespan of the gadget

Something interesting happened at a recent gathering of like-minded technophiles: I put my rather banged-up and decrepit silver-backed iPhone on the table (screen facing up to hide my shame among the flock of shiny new black iPhones) and someone pointed from across the table, exclaiming, “Is that a first generation […]

by × May 25, 2010 × 3 comments

Inspiringly Awesome

Check out Jesse Schell’s awesomely inspiring video on the future of ‘gaming’ delivered at the DICE conference.Here are a couple of juicy points: * There are more Facebook Farmville players than there are Twitter accounts (that is 80 million players on Farmville, vs 75 million on Twitter, vs the population […]

by × February 23, 2010 × 0 comments
User research in a pinch

User research in a pinch

Facebook status is a great tool for holding a conversation when you’re doing some lightning-fast user research. What other ready-made tools do you use to source insights from your crowd?

by × February 18, 2010 × 3 comments
IDEO London’s mini design exhibit

IDEO London’s mini design exhibit

We’ve begun a series of mini design exhibits curated by the multidisciplinary designers at IDEO London. The first 3 in the series represents interaction, communications and industrial design disciplines. I hope in the coming months we’ll be able to showcase the broad range of thinking and approaches toward design that […]

by × October 16, 2009 × 2 comments

Credit card companies get emotional

NPR has a great podcast on what credit card companies are doing to try and predict whether you’ll be a bad credit risk. Credit card companies are basically taking your purchase history and data mining it (in a similar way to Netflix), to profile you. One study cited is Canadian […]

by × June 3, 2009 × 1 comment