design

March 15, 2017

COLLABORATION

“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?

January 9, 2017

PERSPECTIVES

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.

September 26, 2016

RETAIL AND HOSPITALITY

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...

February 24, 2016

INSIDE CISCO IT

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 […]

January 8, 2016

INSIDE CISCO IT

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 […]

November 17, 2015

DIGITAL AND SOCIAL

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 […]

November 14, 2015

DIGITAL AND SOCIAL

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 […]

November 11, 2015

DIGITAL AND SOCIAL

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 […]

November 5, 2015

PERSPECTIVES

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 […]