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Conversation: Jon Kolko & Don Norman mediated by Richard Anderson

Out with the Old, In with the New: A Conversation with Don Norman & Jon Kolko, mediated by Richard Anderson.  Richard’s blog, Riander Blog, contains photos, a transcript, and an embedded video of the event.

Here is Richard’s description of the event:

(This) “conversation” with Don Norman and Jon Kolko, … took place at the Academy of Art University (AAU) in San Francisco the evening of September 30, 2011. The ~2-hour exchange with and between Don and Jon and the audience (comprised mostly of AAU students) was particularly engaging, thoughtful, rich, and delightful.The title I gave to the event was, “Out with the Old, In with the New: A Conversation with Don Norman and Jon Kolko on Trends in the Overlap between Art, Business, and Design.”Topics addressed included the nature of and the difference between art and design, whether design should be taught in art schools (such as AAU), Abraham Maslow, usability, what design (or all) education should be like, the problem with “design thinking” courses, the destiny of printed magazines and printed books, aging and ageism, the relationship between HCI and interaction design, Arduino, simplicity, social media, Google, privacy, design research, the context in which design occurs, the Austin Center for Design, solving wicked problems, whether designers make good entrepreneurs, politics, Herb Simon & cybernetics, the strengths & weaknesses of interconnected systems, and how designers should position themselves.