About definitions

Must be the weather. I’ve changed the blurb on my website for the first time since I started freelancing.

Before:

This is the online portfolio of Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, freelance interaction designer. I am interested in the way service design ties product design and interaction design together to create meaningful experiences for people both in the virtual and tangible worlds.

After:

This is the online portfolio of Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, industrial and interaction designer. She designs technology-enabled and socially-aware creative solutions to problems. From product design, service-based experiences, mobile-based interactions as well as play experiences, what binds her work is a holistic approach to problems, a keen interest in the user and collaborations with partners and clients from around the world. She now freelances in London, UK.

I like it, what do you think?

Update: ok here’s the final version in light of comments :)
This is the online portfolio of Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, industrial and interaction designer. She designs technology-enabled and socially-aware creative solutions to problems. She takes a holistic approach to problems, a keen interest in the user and collaborates with partners and clients from around the world. She now freelances in London, UK.

Hungries out of the box

I’ve had the pleasure in the past few years of working on a number of great projects with some fabulous people but The Hungries really does hold a special place in my heart. This is why I’m glad to say we‘ve finally launched the website and are looking into making these wonderful creatures more than just a prototype. Can’t say much more at the moment but go and check it out!

links for 2007-08-22

When convergence sucks

There a saying that goes something like this:

“There are 3 types of people in the world: those who participate in the parade, those who wave from the bleachers and the people that don’t even know there’s a parade going on”.

Things online used to be fairly simple really. This made me think it is no longer the case. I used to meet people, if they were more “businessy” I would give them a business card and they would find me on linkedin if they wanted. They would potentially go see my website and maybe, subscribe to my blog. I’d drop them an email thanking them for their time including my contact info in my signature. Still very businessy. If they realllllly wanted, they would eventually add me on Flickr, but that usually meant we connected on a friendship level as well.

Now… well, there’s Facebook. I keep talking about this, I know, but mainly because I’m baffled about the way it’s used. I hate it actually. It’s made my little silos of personal information into a moshpit of social goo. It’s made my contact management a nightmare.

Everyday I’ll get one of the following sending me a Facebook request:

– long lost friends from 12 years ago.
– friends from Montreal that I haven’t seen in 3 years or don’t see often
– people that I studied with but never really spoke to
– people I studied with
– people I don’t like
– business contacts
– friend who already have me on all the other networks
– friends already have what i call “double click access” to me via ichat/skype, etc.
– people I don’t even know

So now I’ve completely lost the ability to sort where I want people to go and what I want them to see about me. What I decided to do then, is to do nothing. I don’t interact on Facebook, because doing so would mean that I am displaying a part of myself to an audience I’m uncomfortable with. The whole point of social networks used to exist to cater to your multiple online facets, and now clearly that no longer is the MO.

You could say that I could just close my account, that would make sense for the percentage requests that I don’t like, but it would mean shutting off my ability to reach some of my friends, who, not particularly computer savvy, find in Facebook all the functionalities they will ever need.

Good for them, but I’ll just wave from the bleachers on this one I think.