15 December 2007

Nova, Italy’s engaging innovation supplement

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The weekly Nova supplement of Italy’s business newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore is by far the most valuable innovation, science and technology forum in this country: serious and thorough, fresh and engaging, up-to-date and challenging. Some of its writers like Luca Chittaro are also particularly well versed in topics like usability, experience design, and interaction design.

Led by Luca De Biase (personal feedblog), it just celebrated its 100th edition, and a few contents are available in English:

An interview with Boris de Ruyter of Philips Research
Since 1994, Boris works on user-system interaction research at Philips Research headquarters in Eindhoven, where he is principal scientist and co-chairs the research domain Interactive Healthcare. He plays a key role in user planning and managing testing activities taking place inside facilities like Philips’ Home Lab. In this interview, Nova discusses with him about the exciting developments that are taking place in his lab.

Bruce Sterling: Generation X 2.0 (video part 1video part 2)
It’s hard to summarise Sterling lectures but he did talk about scenario forecasting, the speed of future change, the importance of fundamental science, and social areas that generate new language.The quality of the video is particularly poor. Italian summaries of and commentaries on his lecture can be found here, and here, and here. An interview with Bruce Sterling (with short Italian introduction) is available on video.

Fabio Turel runs a blog on the Nova site that is nearly entirely in English.

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