Design Globalization – A conversation in four parts

Luke Wroblewski, design strategist and thinker, invited Dirk Knemeyer, Joseph O’Sullivan and myself to participate in a four way conversation a while back. Three of the four parts are now online with the fourth and final part up by the end of the week. Here’s the topic:

A conversation about the impact of large scale global changes,
outsourcing, and international design training/firms on design and
designers. What do designers and design firms need to focus on and be
aware of to be successful in this changing hyper-global market? Let’s

Niti Bhan
New Markets Strategist
Author, Numerous

Dirk Knemeyer
Principal, Involution Studios
Author, Numerous

Joseph O’Sullivan
Senior Design Director, Design Methods, Yahoo! Inc.

Luke Wroblewski
Principal Designer, Social Media, Yahoo! Inc.
Founder/Principal, LukeW Interface Designs
Author, Site-Seeing: A Visual Approach to Web Usability

Design Globalization: Part 1

Design Globalization: Part 2

Design Globalization: Part 3

Update 12/22/06 – Part 4

And naturally, a snippet to whet your interest,

Imho, we seem to be at an inflexion point – particularly those of us
who have to skills to visualize and then manifest the implications of
this conversation. A social networking site of some sort for designers
and researchers around the world, one that is categorized into
different areas of interest? The internet originally began as a way for
scientists and scholars to share their research data and collaborate
with other thinkers around the world. If a community of designers could
be created based on everything we’ve discussed – UCD, open source
sharing, brainstorming or offering a sounding board, a means to
capture, collate and share the knowledge that we all bring to the
table, what could be the ultimate potential of such a ‘network’?

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