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MAYA Design wins Health 2.0 DC code-a-thon

Feb 16 2011 in Notes from the Field

On Saturday, five curious MAYAns attended the Health 2.0’s first east coast code-a-thon in Washington, DC. (link) We hadn’t done anything like this in the past and we weren’t sure what to expect, but boy what a wonderful experience…

Rock, Paper, Scissors - Part 1: Architecture

A friend of mine seems to be obsessed with using the game of “Rock, Paper, Scissors” to settle just about any dispute that arises in our team meetings. Most people think “Rock, Paper, Scissors” is a simple game of chance. Everyone knows the rules; rock breaks scissors, paper covers rock, scissors cut paper. Since it seems random, most of us just decide to play a favorite; I usually play rock, as an opening gambit. Sure enough every once in a while I get lucky. I’ve noticed that most of the time though, my friend wins. I decided I wanted to find out why…

Mickey McManus
Chairman & Principal

To iPad or not to iPad.

Jan 31 2010 in Notes from the Field

First thoughts about Apple’s new iPad in the context of the future.

Mickey McManus
Chairman & Principal

Festivus Links - 12-23-09

Dec 23 2009 in Notes from the Field

Festivus, chrome, doppelgangers for sale, photo-collage sculptures, holiday-based computing, your brain on checkers, the Copenhagen wheel, and a taste of a London that never was.

Mickey McManus
Chairman & Principal

Why do we prototype?

Over the last several years, I’ve developed the mantra, “Just prototype it.” The experience of having to think through how things are built makes you ask all sorts of questions you never get around to in a design/brainstorming meeting. There are a few things to keep in mind before you begin though.

Kevin Hoffmann
Director of Engineering

People, Technology, and Design

Nov 10 2009 in Connected World

Although new technologies are leading to greater efficiencies in building design, we will succeed in building the future only by thoughtfully considering the intersection of people, technology, and design.

Dutch MacDonald
President & CEO

Missing the Point in the Design of Electronic Medical Records

The push for Electronic Medical Records is all over the news, and has even been signed into policy by President Obama. But not everyone thinks they’re everything they could and should be. Dr. David Eibling and Dr. Augie Turano from the Pittsburgh VA hospital came to MAYA to talk about some of the shortcomings of the current systems, and the vast potential of future ones.

Learning Design through Reality TV

Jun 05 2009 in Notes from the Field

Putting my food-lust aside, Top Chef has quite a few “design lessons” hidden between the fancy presentation and obscure ingredients. It’s pretty clear that the “rules” that make a contestant successful on Top Chef are the same “rules” that apply to good design work. Sure, they’re working with food rather than technology, but the core ideas are the same.

Usability Rant: Why is it so hard to talk to users?

Practicing the principle of involving users in the design of a product is not that easy. There are pitfalls, roadblocks, political difficulties, and motivation issues. This rant is to convince you that the thousands of excuses I’ve heard for not including users in the design process are all bunk.

David Bishop
Lead Designer & Researcher

Information Centricity 101

Information-centric design places primacy on the information itself to support direct interaction between people and information.

Francine Gemperle
Director of Human Sciences, Senior Design Strategist