A couple weeks ago, I posted a list of IxD blogs and mentioned that company blogs would be posted separately. Then several things occurred, such as the release of the iPhone 4S with Siri and Steve Job’s passing, that I had to write about. Today, I’ll continue my IxDn00b series as promised.
You can often learn as much or more about an Interaction Design firm by reading their blog as the rest of their website. Many design firms are making significant contributions to our body of knowledge, and anyone new to the field should be taking advantage of these outstanding learning opportunities. This is a list of blogs from some of the top firms in our industry, but it is by no means a complete list. Find a firm you are interested in, and they will likely have some interesting things to say.
This is a very prolific group. Every member of the firm takes a turn, and it is all quality content. This list is alphabetically ordered, but I’d put them first anyway.
It’s not surprising that one of their larger categories is Personas, but with fifty categories and over twenty contributors, you can bet there is plenty of breadth and depth to be found in their archives.
I honestly don’t know much about this experience design consultancy, but their blog, Putting People First, is one of the best sources for user centered design news on the web.
More than just a blog, Frog gives us Design Mind, an entire online journal with articles from their printed magazine, videos, a podcast, a monthly newsletter, events, and 32 blogs. They take publishing seriously.
With an archive stretching back to 1999, IDEO’s blog contains mostly news about the firm: events, awards, speaking engagements, and the like. The thing is, they author enough content for other publications, it fills their blog too. Be sure to check out the By IDEO page, too.
Are you interested in touch, haptics, gestures, physical interfaces, and robots? This ain’t your grandpa’s Interaction Design blog.
Lunar has a very academic approach to their blog, and I mean that in the very best way. They know what they’re talking about, and they express it very clearly. They also have an outstanding podcast.
With categories ranging from Smart Textiles and Wearable Technology, to Organizational Design and Health Innovation, Method is a diverse firm with a blog to match.
Get wonderful insights into the process of designing software from the design firm turned product developer. Signal vs. Noise, their blog, regularly lays out the decision making that goes into the tiniest of details.
“Our design leadership is reflected not only in the work we do, but in how we engage the design community, participate in public dialogue, and share expertise and insight with the world at large.” Yep, that covers it.
I don’t know of anyone else that has the volume of usability anecdotes that Jared Spool can rattle off the top of his head. Need convincing of the value of good design? Jared’s got the goods, and he shares them on his blog, Brain Sparks.
Like IDEO, this is more a news feed than a blog, but it provides links to good work and thoughtful writing.