This is a great talk, full of clever ideas and inspiration.
Bret is a natural speaker, and here he’s talking about the importance of finding a guiding principle for your work, using the example of his own principle (that ‘creators need an immediate connection to what they create’).
His blog is worth exploring too. So far I have enjoyed his idea posts on tripphrases, inline spellchecking, and a paper on graphical interfaces for information software:
In this paper, I suggest that the long-standing focus on “interaction” may be misguided. For a majority subset of software, called “information software,” I argue that interactivity is actually a curse for users and a crutch for designers, and users’ goals can be better satisfied through other means. […]
Although this paper presents a number of concrete design and engineering ideas, the larger intent is to introduce a “unified theory” of information software design, and provide inspiration and direction for progressive designers who suspect that the world of software isn’t as flat as they’ve been told.
I need to re-read this a few more times to digest everything, but I particularly liked his suggestion for graphical ‘whiskers’ to indicate the distribution that makes up a 5-star rating. For example…
- This 3-star book was judged unanimously to be middling:
- Whereas this one was loved and hated by its readers:
Update 2012.04.11: Here’s another implementation: The Frogatto editor. See Frogatto.com for more information about this open source game/game designer tool.