The components of the digitalization

What are the components of digitalization?

First of all, digitalization is only possible with ‘the devices capable of managing digital signals’(1) (Verhulst, 451), and the established eco-system that connects all those devices to each other.
The information presented in code (digital signal) can be understood, transmitted and manipulated by almost any digital device, so in this case the method of storing the data in digital form is more universal. For example, ‘one system created for transportation digital signals may carry services that in the past were provided in separate ways’(2), as video, audio or text, for example (Pool, 23).

Thus, the first component of digitalization that ordinary people are dealing in their everyday life is a tangible object that people can own (rent) and/or interact with. It can be a mobile phone, smart watch or any kind of smart wear (sport bra, for example), laptop, cameras in the parking lot and any kind of sensors that ‘detects events or changes in the environment, and then provide a corresponding output.’ (3) Continue reading

Accelerating the digitalization, design point of view.

Last week I was happy to participate in the ‘Breakfast Date: Accelerating Digitalization’ organized by Women in Tech Finland.


Photo of the venue taken by Microsoft Flux staff.

The digitalization topic is directly related to my thesis I’m currently writing in Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture. And even thought the big part of my thesis supposed to be about digitalization and the influence it has on our everyday life in general and public healthcare services in particular, it was so interesting to listen the speakers who are extremely fluent in their area and working at the very core of the digitalization processes. Two IoT professionals Henriikka Åkerman and Hanna Nikkilä were talking about their work and projects they were involved in,cloud technology and IoT with Microsoft Azure. The event took place at the Microsoft Flux co-working space and was organized by ‘Women in Tech, Finland Chapter’ community.

This morning gave me new insights to continue my writing, talks were very inspiring and educative. I’d like to thank the presenters and organizers for this opportunity, atmosphere and motivating discussions!

So, what the Digitalization is?

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Rhubarb and quark-lemon pie for Midsummer’s eve

Midsummer’s dessert.


Some seasonal vegetables can only be available for a few weeks per year and once you’ve tried and liked it, you won’t miss this experience again. New potato and cabbage, tiny cucumbers just picked from the plant, are so crunchy, fresh and sweet, – for all of those you need to be in a right place in a right time.
Luckily, some of the vegetables, berries and fruits can keep their wonderful qualities and taste we admire. They just should be picked up, prepared and frozen carefully so everyone can enjoy it all over the year.
The recipe that I am presenting you today can use both fresh or frozen rhubarb, and depends on it the final result will look a bit different but taste remains the same. I think this pie is a great option for summer brunch or evening dessert, it is light, lemony and looks good. Also it is very easy to make. I don’t think you can fail it even if you really try to do so!

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Things that designed to solve problems and things that designed to be loved.

How do you design things that people will love?

There is always something else out there, that is better, faster, smarter, more efficient and resourceful. How do you pick the one you will love and be attached to? How would you design meaning and not just a function that fulfil someone’s (talked through and researched) needs and solve the well-analyzed problems?

We want our life to have a sense, a purpose, and we are in constant search for it. The new day, the new projects, new people and places, – time is running and we just can’t help ourselves to stop the flood. World nowadays is full of solutions and that’s the problem. There are a tons of things that grab your attention and it’s very easy to miss the point, loose your focus and sense of presence. It’s a big challenge nowadays to keep your purity, be mindful in what you’re doing and honest with yourself. We live in an era of destruction and our brain can’t keep up with this pace.

The experience that fascinates people is directly linked to the meaning of interaction with the product(service). Thus, the way how you design products and services while you’re looking for creating the new meaning and experience should be totally different to one when you design products based on facts, user research, analyzed needs of the users and all other possible data, collected beforehand. Continue reading

Website building: purpose, navigation and identity, IDBM case.

When I got the task and had to build the website for IDBM program that would replace the old one (that was down at that moment) I was so excited and had a lot of fireball ideas and wanted to try all of them at the same time.🙂

In reality I was not able to code anything but very simple html (now I’m a bit better and still learning the basics of coding), and of course my colleagues have had some sort of ideas what kind of website they would like to have (”We need a new website and it is quite urgent. “ :)). Continue reading

The IDBM Book 20/5, anniversary edition. Part one: design and teamwork, the best combination ever.

The IDBM Book 20/5 was made while I was working as a designer in IDBM program in Aalto University School of Business and the length of the project was about 3-4 months. The idea of ’The IDBM book 20/5’ was to showcase the IDBM program, its projects and activities, and provide a solid understanding of what the program entails. The first edition, for the academic year 2014-2015, is produced celebrating 20 years of IDBM as a minor and 5 years as a master program. Continue reading

“We can’t design experiences. Experiences are reactions to the things we design.” Amen.

A very interesting and quite long reading about perspectives of digital design, homogeneity and patterns in a designing a user experience. There are a few quotations from it, something that grabbed my attention and resonate with my recent thoughts. You might find there something for you as well. Continue reading

The Digital Detox – do we really need it?

This article pops up today in my news thread during my morning coffee reading. First, I was laughing silently about the topic and wondering if anyone really needs to be detoxicated from the digital and ‘go back to nature’. It was ridiculous to think that people are so disconnected with their mind and body that they need a guide that helps them to look at the consumption of digital and virtual world from different perspective. And it looks like just one more useless research activity that people might promote because ‘why not’ and ‘anyway we get paid for it’.

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Motenashi – traditional Japanese hospitality for understanding what is good UX design can do for its users.

A very interesting article about good UX design and inspiration that it might got from ‘Motenashi’, – the Japanese term that uses for explaining the ideal rules how to host a guests and general hospitality pattern. Here is the article: good UX design and AI today.

I think I agree with the idea that I wouldn’t feel very comfortable with the app that totally anticipate my next move and knows me too well. As a human being I want to be spontaneous and creative every now and then, and, going though a routine can be a good in case of being productive, but quite hurting as well, because there is a creative part of me, that is considering myself as a unique personality that goes ‘her own way all the time’ and no way it can be anticipated by some algorithm.🙂
So clumsiness of the modern AI can be thought through again and again, in order to make people feel better about using them (because it’s a great help indeed) and don’t feel that they are constantly watched.

And for designers it’s important not just fill  the Apps with all those cool AI like features, but find the balance and carefully guide the user from ‘newcomer’ to the ‘regular’ without freaking them out. Empathy. Trying new stuff. Constant learning.

Here is why I love my job.🙂

29.07.2015, Tampere, Finland

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