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Making and Marketing Apps That Succeed: A Chat with Author Dave Wooldridge, Part 2

Here’s part two of my chat with with Dave Wooldridge, all-around sharp guy and author of  The Business of iPhone and iPad App Development: Making and Marketing Apps that Succeed. Let’s get right to it:

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Do you think the ‘discovery’ or strategic process of creating an app gets short shrift in deference to the tactical work of programming? I live in the world of Enterprise system & app development so I’m curious. Even at this level there are plenty of instances where not enough

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Making and Marketing Apps That Succeed: A Chat with Author Dave Wooldridge, Part 1

A short while back I had a truly enjoyable conversation with Dave Wooldridge, all-around sharp guy and author of four fantastic books on app development for iOS. Our conversation centered mainly around one topic though, which Dave wrote at length on in his excellent book The Business of iPhone and iPad App Development: Making and Marketing Apps that Succeed. While nearly everyone these days has an app, very few actually enjoy the kind of success that their creators desire so deeply. And this man understands why.

Before

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Which comes first – Independence or Creativity?

For those of us in the USA, today is Independence Day. And as I’m having my morning infusion of caffeine, that starts me thinking about the relationship between independence and design, and UX, and…well, creativity as a whole. Wondering what I might be able to say about it on the blog today, wondering if one matters more than the other or how the two influence each other….and what other folks have to say on the subject. So after a few hours of Googling and reading, I came across an excellent article in Utah’s Deseret News by

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What Designers REALLY Do

Most people think they know what designers do….but often, they don’t. Consider these responses heard by many of us as you’ve just revealed yourself as a designer:

“Ohhhh, you pick the colors for web sites.”

“Ohhhh, you do graphic arts.”

Uh, no.

Personally, I’m fond of saying if it didn’t GROW there, somebody designed it.

Regardless, I stumbled across a pretty interesting description of what exactly people like me (and maybe you) do all day. Below are the core expertises of Design according to Chris Conley, Professor and Director, Product Design Graduate Program, Institute of Design, Chicago:

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What separates GREAT designers from good ones?

I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about what separates great designers from their merely competent brethren. And my best friend Google led me to the following, courtesy of the AIGA. Everything here is tried and true, folks – and I don’t see these requirements changing anytime soon. Further proof that great design is about a hell of a lot more than visual talent. Enjoy.

  1. Ability to create and develop visual response to communication problems, including understanding of hierarchy, typography, aesthetics, composition and construction of meaningful images
  2. Ability to solve communication problems including
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IT vs. The Business: What’s the Cause?

IT-vs-the-business

I recently posted an answer to the age-old question of the great divide between IT and the business, almost to the extent of being like a Dilbert comic. Why is that, the poster asked. Here’s what I wrote.

The age-old scenario of IT vs. the Business, to me, is driven by company culture. The symptoms stem from the organization and hierarchy of the company itself, the org chart. Even after all we’ve learned about the makeup of successful companies having the flexibility and adaptability to thrive

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The real secret behind UX Design skills

Stumbled across this quote today, which I think perfectly explains the core of what drives UX design skills — or those of any creative person:

The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanely sensitive.

To them… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death.

Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create,

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Four design lessons from the legendary Lou Dorfsman

4 Design Lessons from Lou Dorfsman

Over the course of his career, Lou Dorfsman was responsible for everything at CBS from its advertising to the paper cups in its cafeteria. Every bit of it was executed with intelligence, verve, glamour and taste. Trying to get good work done from inside a giant institution is supposed to be hard. How did Lou Dorfsman make it look so easy?

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Design Innovation and Culture Creation, Part 04

Back after a long hiatus, between Thanksgiving, a dead laptop and a nasty upper respiratory infection. Bring on 2009!!

Anyway, here’s the final installment from Matt Mattus‘ great book, Beyond Trend: How to Innovate in an Over-Designed World. More traits of true designers, aka “culture creators”:

Trait 09: They Respect Rarity

Culture creators celebrate rare expressions of individuality. They’re obsessed with not only observing life, but with studying the debris of life, as well. In doing so, they place value on what others deem worthless

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Design Innovation and Culture Creation— Part 03

More from Matt Mattus‘ great book, Beyond Trend: How to Innovate in an Over-Designed World. In a world where anyone has access to design tools, to paraphrase Mattus, true designers need to work harder to rise above. Design innovation isn’t a matter of what you do with your hands, it’s more a matter of how you use what’s between your ears. The good news is that designers have a real weapon that cannot be imitated – passion. Passion, he says, defines an authentic designer from

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