Bill Buxton, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, talked on “Why Design” and “Sketching and Experience Design” at the November 2006 BostonCHI meeting held at Sun Microsystems in Burlington, MA. Bill Buxton is a designer and a researcher concerned with human aspects of technology. His work reflects a particular interest in the use of technology to support creative activities such as design, film making and music. Buxton’s research specialties include technologies, techniques and theories of input to computers, technology mediated human-human collaboration, and ubiquitous computing.
In December 2005, he was appointed Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research. Prior to that, he was Principal of his own Toronto-based boutique design and consulting firm, Buxton Design, where his time was split between working for clients, lecturing, and trying to finish a long-delayed book on sketching and interaction design. As well, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, where he still works with graduate students.
Bill maintains his own website with more information on sketching and other links.
Bill explains design better than I can, so I recommend watching his presentation.