I’ve already mentioned the One Laptop Per Child presentation. Here’s my UX Week roundup of other presentations that I found moving:
Adaptive Path introduced its product concept for how a diabetes management device should look and function.
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.
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