Why…How…What

These are the three basic questions that we use many times, when problem solving, explaining, discussing and decision making. Design is also a way of making associations between these questions. However the order is important.

Simon Sinek’s presentation over the issue is an eye opener about how these questions are utilised. His main focus is how to use these questions while developing a product and communicating its value to the audience.
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I found quite a similarity between the Value Design Canvas that i am developing. In principle, it is an interface for proposing the right focus for design in the right order, so that it step by step leads the group to arrive at a solution.

I was subconsciously aware that the right design requires the clarity in this order. But this video made me realize the similarities in the process that I propose for the multi-stakeholder group design process.
The inner two circles makes a clarification on the why, by exploring on the user needs, context variables and the interaction between the two. Why the idea is novel, and why it is valuable. Then it proposes the basics for how: How will you combine the spotted ideas, and how will you relize it through collaboration. And finally it proposes a structure to clarify what you are proposing.

I think that is the very general essence of designing valuable user experiences. If you honestly ask these questions in the right order, the chances of failing is less..

Changing Education Paradigms

A great animation on how we should change the education system worldwide. I agree that mainstream education system is about “manufacturing” people; killing their creativity and being successful by applying the right rules-just following footprints. However the incremental change comes from the one that thinks “out of the box”. What a dilemma… But actually it is so simple. Hats off to the visual representation by RSAnimation.
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Drupal Challenge

I am workig on the content and design of the UTEST website. We preferred to build the site on an easily customizable platform that enables easy update by the lab staff and students who are not experts in web design. Basically,  the content is not so complex therefore could be easily represented on a WordPress platform. However we learned that the METU servers do not support it due to security issues. Rather, they use Drupal.

So, here is my first Drupal experience.I have been trying to figure out what each module is for, how it is installed and then used for the last 2 weeks… and of course the bugs, updates, customization… Lastly, due to a problem on the visibility of the visuals -most probably based on an “unseen”bug related with file permission issues… There is so little left for me to quit everything on Drupal and turn to Dremweaver and Lynda.com’s XHTML tutorials for CSS editing!

I wish there was a module in Drupal to build up customized “module recipes” for specified purposes.