Ping – Digital Designers Rediscover Their Hands – NYTimes.com
GEVER TULLEY has only one qualification for training software designers how to become more creative. He teaches children how to build objects like gravity-powered wooden roller coasters with their hands, at his Tinkering School in Montara, Calif., south of San Francisco.
Now Mr. Tulley does the same thing for dozens of adults who are in the front ranks of software design at Adobe, the big software supplier based in San Jose, Calif. In daylong workshops, about 100 Adobe designers wrestle with plastic beads, small electronic displays, Ikea water glasses and tiny sensors to create wacky motion games. Usually, about the only thing these folks touch on the job is a computer mouse.
â€œSome people thought we were crazy to do this,â€ says Michael Gough, a vice president for design at Adobe. â€œBut for others, the experience has started to inform how they work,â€ giving them a better appreciation of how customers experience Adobeâ€™s programs.
Balancing head and body. I have more thoughts brewing on the subject… maybe I’ll be ready to post my thoughts next week.