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Watch Simon Sinek’s “If You Don’t Understand People, You Don’t Understand Business” talk

In this wide-ranging talk, ethnographer and leadership expert Simon Sinek discusses the importance of trust, authenticity, and meaning. Sinek argues that as individuals and companies, everything that we say and do is a symbol of who we are. And it is only when we communicate our beliefs authentically that we can attract others to our cause, and form the bonds that will empower us to achieve truly great things […]

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Design Innovation Readings

Watch Jim Kalbach’s “Designing for Adoption” talk

The ultimate goal of innovation is user adoption: we want people to actually use the things we create in a way that impacts their lives. But building the better mouse trap guarantees nothing. In fact, history shows it’s not the whiz-bang of technology but rather human factors that matter in the end. In this talk, Jim will look at some specific design-related considerations in successful innovation […]

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Design Readings

Watch Tomer Sharon’s “Don’t Listen to Users, Sample Their Experience” talk

The Experience Sampling Method is a simple research technique for uncovering user needs. In a typical Experience Sampling method, research participants are interrupted several times a day to note their experience in real time. In his talk during The LeanUX Conference, researcher Tomer Sharon demonstrates the method, describe how it has been applied at Google Search, and provide a short, practical how-to guide […]

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Design Inspiration

Massimo Vignelli on Design and Beauty

Graphic design legend Massimo Vignelli speaks about design, beauty, and the education of a designer […]

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Innovation Readings

Listen to Leigh Thompson’s “The Truth About Creative Teams” talk for Harvard Business Review

An interview with Leigh Thompson, professor at Kellogg School of Management and author of Creative Conspiracy: The New Rules of Breakthrough Collaboration: if you’ve been in the creative industry long enough (or if you’re coming from a Design Studio-structured educational background), you’re not going to hear anything new, but it’s refreshing to hear that Business people are finally embracing principles designers have long advocated […]

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Design Innovation Readings Software

Watch Avi Itzkovitch’s “Designing with Sensors: Creating Adaptive Experiences” talk at Interaction’14 | IxDA Conference

Watch Avi Itzkovitch to discover core concepts for utilizing smart device technologies and sensor data in order to understand context, and add “Adaptive Thinking” to the UX professional’s toolset when designing experiences. In his presentation, Avi demonstrates the importance of understanding context when designing adaptive experiences, gives ideas on how to design adaptive systems and most important, inspires designers to think how smart device technology and context aware applications can enhance the user experience with adaptivity […]

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Design Readings Software

Listen to Andrew Hinton’s “The World Is The Screen: Elements of Information Environments” talk at IA summit 2013

This talk suggests that we not start from the perspective of the device, the content or the software; rather we should start with understanding how people perceive their whole environment […]

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Design Readings

Listen to Brad Nunnally’s “Users In The Mist: Stories From Field Studies” talk at IA Summit 2013

This session provides good rules of thumb that will help you with future field studies and prepare you for the types of situations you might find yourself in […]

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Design Readings

Listen to Stephen P Anderson’s “Stop Doing What You’re Told!” (Reframing the Design Problem) talk at IA Summit 2013

In this session, Stephen P. Anderson shares tips that have helped him cut through the noise of requests and requirements by reframing the design problem by seeing a problem from different perspectives […]

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Information Technology Trend Watching

Listen to Alvin Toffler’s “Possibilities, Not Predictions” interview for NPR

Alvin Toffler’s talks about the 40th anniversary of the book “Future Shock”, the effect of rapid change holds insights into the present, and how we prefer to talk about the future in terms of Possibilities, Not Predictions […]