Aza Raskin's talk about open source design prototyping

James William Yoon jyoon at
Fri Nov 5 14:55:18 UTC 2010

Thanks for sending this out Colin!

I thought it was a pretty encouraging talk, and he makes some really good
points. I likewise liked the emphasis on planning for doing it wrong the
first time, and I especially liked his point about how design iterations
affect the problem being solved. Good design process doesn't just move us
toward a good solution--it also helps to clarify what it was we were really
trying to solve in the first place. It's certainly something we've
discovered in many of our own endeavours on Fluid.

One of the individuals near the end also made an interesting statement: "I'm
a real believer in the power of aesthetics to manifest action; in the design
process, you can go to this crazy level where you just imagine, just
visualize, and other people build it because they're inspired by what you
imagined." What a lovely idea that is!


On Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 7:10 AM, Colin Clark <colinbdclark at> wrote:

> Hey everyone,
> Here's a video recording of Aza Raskin's talk yesterday at the Drumbeat
> Festival about design prototyping in open source. I really like how he
> emphasizes a willingness to make mistakes and not trying "get it right" the
> first time.
> Watch it and let me know what you think,
> Colin
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> Technical Lead, Fluid Project
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