This series of videos on different paper folding techniques absolutely fascinated me. You can build a great variety of prototypes from paper using these techniques. Different folds give the object different properties, like flexibility or stiffness. My favourite is the crumbling technique, which allows to produce arches and curved forms in no time.
There is an abundance of web drawing tools out there. But I like this one. It offers a limited set of options. You really don't need more. The lines and forms produced look really good and this is probably the essence of the Harmony drawing tool. You just save the picture you draw as png. Very simple.
I just watched this powerful TED talk about the benefits of being wrong. I had to think about how in design thinking we also tend to emphasize when we were right rather than admitting what was wrong about a thought, process, prototype, idea, etc. I like the concept of embracing and hence being able to learn from admitting one was wrong. It could help us to reflect more deeply about design processes and to be more honest about design ideas.
There is a wonderful new, short and stunning TED video about prototyping with play dough. If you'd ever thought about using electronic circuits for things to light up, move or do other things, then watch this. This could be particularly interesting when you want to demonstrate or explore how products might respond to user interaction.
The area of Interaction Design is relatively new, although its roots can be found in established professional and academic domains, such as Design and Computation or Social Science. Interaction-Design.org is an educational resource that makes knowledge in Interaction Design and related fields available to a wider audience. A new project is the Interaction Design Encyclopaedia, which follows the more traditional example of peer-reviewed articles but brings in audio-visual material as support.
For example, the entry on Visual representation that is featured today (February 2nd, 2011) beautifully illustrates why there is such a variety of representation styles and what they are good for.
There is a wonderful story of 2 designers who had an idea of a product, and through social media and clever production and marketing strategies got it on the market within 5 months. It is a very encouraging story, but for me the key is understanding the power of social media in designing.