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Google users’ stories

Some of the best feedback we receive are the real-world stories of how people have used Google to make an impact in their lives or the lives of others. We’re constantly amazed at what people can do and have done with our technology—from making a life-saving diagnosis to reuniting with a long lost love.

When i talk about using storytelling as a means of knowledge transfer, people often ask for examples of where this has been used, so I was pleased to find this examples from Google.

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Journalism Warning Labels

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It seems a bit strange to me that the media carefully warn about and label any content that involves sex, violence or strong language — but there’s no similar labelling system for, say, sloppy journalism and other questionable content.

I figured it was time to fix that, so I made some stickers. I’ve been putting them on copies of the free papers that I find on the London Underground. You might want to as well.

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Have some ready for the next cancer scare / dodgy science data / fake exclusive you come across.

Scott Adams Blog – The Less Feature

One of my local movie theaters just added the option of special seats that move in sync with the action on screen. Now every time I want to see a movie with friends, I need to poll everyone to see what sort of seat they want. Worse yet, another nearby theater offers dinner with movies. It won’t be long before planning a movie will take more ti me than the movie itself.

 

Let me say it again: World, I’ll pay extra if you will please give me less.

 

I do find myself paralyzed by indecision sometimes, and resort to telling myself to do the thing I first thought of. That usually works out just fine. I’m trying to plan a holiday at the moment, and can’t decide between the 6 equally excellent but utterly different options I have thought of. If I leave it another week, I’ll have thought of 6 more. I can still remember the original holiday plan, so it’s probably time to listen to my own advice and go back to what I first thought of.

 

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Design with Intent toolkit – resource to encourage different perspectives on design

It’s been a long time coming, but a year after v.0.9, thenew Design with Intent toolkit, DwI v.1.0, is ready. Officially titled Design with Intent: 101 Patterns for Influencing Behaviour Through Design, it’s in the form of 101 simple cards, each illustrating a particular ‘gambit‘ for influencing people’s interactions with products, services, environments, and each other, via the design of systems. They’re loosely grouped according to eight ‘lenses‘ bringing different disciplinary perspectives on behaviour change.

 

This is such a brilliant set of resources to encourage a fresh look at design. It points out examples of how conscious design decisions have influenced the world around us. In the same vein as the also excellent The Psychology of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman.

 

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