Last month I took part to the Track your Happiness project. Following my results:
Where am I happy?
Going to exhibitions make me happy, restaurants, and be out in the street contribute to my happiness.
When am I happy?
Sundays are the happiest days of the weeks, whereas Tuesdays and Weds are not so good.
What activity contribute to my happiness?
Preparing food is another activity that make me happy, but studying is long way down in the list.
Want to/Have to?
Unsurprising I’m happier when I’m doing something that I WANT TO DO but I DON’T HAVE TO DO
Slightly higher level of happiness when I’m interacting with other people
And I’m happier when I’m more focused in what I’m doing
Learn more about your happiness at Track your Happiness
There is a new gulf in design; not only the gulf or execution and evaluation, but the research-product Gulf. Don reflects on the fact that Design reserch doesn’t address the right audience, and many good products ( e.g. Apple, Foursquare) were not based on design reserch.
“You gotta be careful too, because there are a lot of these research methods, like the rapid prototyping, like the ideation, like the brainstorming methods, like the ethnography, and so on, there is actually no real evidence that it makes a difference. Apple computer is a good example. You think they do design research? No. When I was at Apple, we did a lot of design research […] We did a lot. We worried about all these fundamental things. We did user studies. We went to people’s homes. […] You know what Steve jobs did when he arrived? He fired all of us! And guess what resulted? Better products! Which have revolutionized the way we use machines. And he fired the usability groups as well.” – Don Norman at DRC 2010
If we want to progress we need to fill the Gulf.