The Long Nose of Innovation
with Bill Buxton
April 1, 2020

The point is, it’s Hard to Extrapolate from a Point

Bill Buxton, A Partner Researcher at Microsoft Research

Using examples from the Buxton-Microsoft Collection, the argument is made that knowing our history is as important to UX designers as it is to architects, musicians or any other creative discipline. Quite apart from needlessly reinventing the wheel, such knowledge provides insights which can provide significant competitive advantage from accelerated innovation. And, if nothing else, you may walk away believing – as I do – that ebay is by far a better prototyping tool than all the 3D printers in the world.

About the Speaker

Bill Buxton, A Partner Researcher at Microsoft Research, Bill has an over 40-year involvement in research, practice and commentary around design, innovation and human aspects of technology. Following a 20-year career as a professional musician, he morphed into a researcher and interaction designer, at the University of Toronto, Xerox PARC, Alias Research and SGI Inc. He has been awarded four honourary doctorates, is co-recipient of an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement, received an ACM/SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award, and is a Fellow of the ACM. Bill has published, lectured and consulted widely, and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, and a Distinguished Professor of Industrial Design at the Technical University Eindhoven. Other than his family, mountains and rivers are his first love.

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