UX Week 2007 Roundup

28th August 2007

I’ve already mentioned the One Laptop Per Child presentation. Here’s my UX Week roundup of other presentations that I found moving:

The Charmr
Adaptive Path introduced its product concept for how a diabetes management device should look and function.

Clear Rx
Deb Adler presented her revolutionary redesign of prescription pill bottles, which was later purchased by Target. She noted that 60 percent of Americans don’t take their prescriptions correctly, often because instructions are so confusing and bottles look so much alike. She also said that the toughest logo to design was “for external use only.” So if you have a lightening-bolt idea, let her know.

Yahoo Teachers
Bill Scott and Karon Weber are creating a new tool that helps teachers collect web research and share lesson plans. It is unbelievable. You can drag and drop any element of a web page while you’re researching, then search for other people’s lesson plans by grade, subject, and state standards. You can even locate nearby teachers who have to teach around the same local events (Chinese New Year in San Francisco, for example). It shows you top-rated, most recent, and most copied lesson plans, and lets you build a network of teachers whose work you trust. Holy crap, it’s going to rock your world, teachers.

Also, Andrew Hinton from Vanguard said something that I’ve been mulling over lately, “An individual is not defined by any one practice, but we do typically want to identify with one.” In other words, “What do you do?” can be a tough question for some of us

17 thoughts on “UX Week 2007 Roundup

  1. Divrchk

    Thanks for listing the Charmr. My sister has been living with insulin dependent diabetes for 22 year and wears a pump. This is an amazing device.

  2. Hillary

    Sounds very cool! That picture of you, with Hank, in the sunlight is hearbreakingly happy. Such a lovely picture to look back on years from now when Hank is all growed up!

  3. superblondgirl

    The teacher thing is amazing – I love the idea of truly global lesson plans like that. It almost makes me wish I’d actually gone into teaching like I had planned way back when. Except that I hated teaching.

  4. sue

    As a diabetic (type 2) I find the Charmr deal really interesting. Anything that can help those kids would be terrific and that sounds like such a good idea! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Leeanthro

    We purchase our daughter’s prescription Zyrtec at Target because they have a bottle that you put the syringe in and measure. A lot less messy! And they put a colored ring on the bottle so you know who’s it is.

  6. Carolyn

    Long time reader, haven’t commented much…. Thank you for posting these recaps from the seminar! As a mom of a new type-1 diabetic young daughter, it’s exciting to read about all these upcoming projects!

  7. Dawn @ RMC

    As an insulin pump user, I second the excitement for the Charmr. Wow. When cool things like this come along I always think, Why didn’t they do this a long time ago?! :)
    Very exciting. Thanks!

  8. MikeT

    Here’s my idea for the “for internal use only” logo, but I can’t draw, so that part’s up to someone else:

    The universal red circle with a slash over a silhouette of someone leaning back their head and squeezing the contents of an ointment tube into their mouth.

    Can’t imagine anything more clear than that.

  9. a teacher

    Things like yahoo teachers are still behind what we need… teachers need to think further outside the box and push for school redesign, small school and project-based models, increased student expectations, and a pay scale that even remotely reflects the time, skill, and devotion that it takes to do the job well.

    Yahoo teachers seems like a good tool, but it’s almost like giving someone a bucket when they’re faced with a flood.

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