Published April 8, 2013
Community , personal , Presentations
Today I return to the office after an extended weekend in Baltimore for the 2013 IA Summit. In spite of the expected lag from a weekend of discussing IA and catching up with friends, I want to capture some of my thoughts from the week, while still fresh.
This was an amazing Summit. Thank you to Kevin, Crystal, and Giles as well as the entire volunteer committee for putting on a great show. Having been involved with organizing the conference in 2012 , I know what goes into an event like this and the dedication shows through.
A special thank you to everyone who attended The F Word…Fail and provided any feedback throughout my preparation and presentation.
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Published June 19, 2011
Community , personal
I have gone through the last few years waiting for the other shoe to fall. Moving from in-house to consulting, I have been continually tossed into the deep and and I have made it out still kicking – to some degree or another. Still, for the memorable past I have had the notion that I cannot truly succeed until I have tasted failure. As I socialize this idea with my friends and mentors, I question what type of failure is necessary.
A certain level of honor has become associated with martyrdom lately. Is figuratively “dying” to prove a point an efficient way to create forward progress for your team or yourself?
– Ian Smile, @endashes
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Dan Willis, also known as @uxcrank on Twitter, gave the third keynote at Midwest UX in Columbus, Ohio (slides available here). Discussing how we artificially break down our profession, Dan encourages us to take the adjective before design in our title and drop it. During Q&A, Joe Sokohl (@mojoguzzi) challenges this direction, stating we need the adjectives. Joe points out that there are differences between fashion designers and web designers, architects and automobile designers, and we need the adjective to understand what type of work we do. Due to time, the conversation between Dan and Joe was limited. I leave my additional thoughts below.
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Published April 12, 2011
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Last weekend I attended the Midwest UX conference in Columbus, Ohio. I have attended CHI conferences, IDEA conferences, Interactions and local TEDx events. This conference stands out though as one of the more unique.
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