“Scandifornian” Design at SXSW: Q&A with Torkel Mellingen
Recently, at the Cisco Spark Haus at SXSW, we addressed several questions, including: What are the important workplace trends? What is “Scandifornian” design, and how does it make the design language at Cisco unique? And, why is the Cisco Spark Board design is receiving so much attention?
Cyber Security Capture the Flag (CTF) Series Part 1: Planning/Design
Cyber security Capture the Flag (CTF) events are used to keep security professionals and students up-to-date with their skills in the cyber security industry. As part of our Cyber Security CTF Series, we explore how to develop and host a cyber security CTF event, and how to do it well.
Give Your Store a Makeover: Designing Your Property for Wireless
Today wireless is taking on a new role for retailers, hoteliers, and sports venues to engage with their customers. No longer just a tool for the supply chain, the intimacy...
Holistic Design is Good Medicine for Your Data Center
If you share your secret sauce recipe with a lot of people, is it still secret sauce? I recently co-hosted a televised Data Center tour alongside Cisco IT distinguished engineer Jon Woolwine. A camera crew shadowed us as we walked the company’s Data Center in Allen, Texas and discussed the site’s infrastructure and how various […]
Cisco IT’s User Experience Playbook: Shared Goals and Accountability
When we talk about user experience (UX), we raise the importance of better UX design and a better user interface, along with the ability for us to make UX pervasive. What we’re really trying to establish, the bottom line, is a cultural change as to how we approach these priorities. How can we make pervasive UX part of […]
Designing a New Home Page: How Hard Could This Be?
There’s a myth that home pages no longer matter. Here’s the thinking: Most companies and organizations find their digital traffic is now fragmented by their mobile apps, their social presence, and, of course, among hundreds of lower level “side door” pages that visitors find easily via search engines. Why bother with the home page when people are interacting digitally via all […]
Cool scrolling web designs in PowerPoint
Yes, I just used “cool” and “PowerPoint” in the same sentence. In this case I think that’s justified because of a very simple trick you can do to show off long scrolling designs (like most web and mobile pages are today) in corporate PowerPoint (or Keynote, etc) presentations. A challenge we digital design teams face is that PowerPoint and presentation […]
Some Solutions Pages
I thought I’d point out some new page designs on Cisco.com that should make it easier to find and understand information about solutions from Cisco. First, there’s the new main Solutions page, which is a one-stop starting point: (Note that we’re trying out different versions of this page, so the version you see may differ […]
Recognizing a Good Network Design
How do you recognize a good network or datacenter design? What contributes to a good design? How do you learn to do network design well, and then continue improving? Spotting design problems is key to the network assessments my employer, NetCraftsmen, does. There are other important aspects of assessments: network configuration (execution of the design […]