I've been a little behind on Design related posts, but luckily PR expert Kevin Dugan comes to the rescue with some nice design related links and short but interesting piece on "The Bipolar Consumer".
Is Myspace "K-Mart" and Designer Myspace an emerging"Target"?
Kathy has a great piece on randomness and the power of serendipity. Timely stuff because the previous "travel post" was pretty random and yielded some great unexpected results in the form of insightful comments.
Microsoft continues it's PR machine by sharing how they tested Vista with 50 families over a substantial period of time prior to launch. Via Putting People First
On a related note, Adaptive Path ponders Microsoft's recent move to put user-centered design at the core of what they do. Interesting article—I really like how it ends, but I was turned off a little by the beginning. I felt like AP came off a bit "snobby". Does Microsoft really not "understand what User Experience means"? I think they do—they may just be struggling with how to get it to be a pervasive quality across all their products/services. Here's how it ends:
"It’s clear from the Xbox 360 and from how well Media Center does with the 10ft experience, that Microsoft can do good work. It’s clear that there are pockets of excellence and a growing number of people within Microsoft who get User Experience. Yet, as a company, it’s also clear that there are some fundamental flaws in Microsoft’s understanding of design and it’s role in building good user experiences. I remain hopeful that those pockets of excellence will continue to grow in reach and influence inside Microsoft."