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My Thoughts on Startup Weekend

My Thoughts on Startup Weekend

I had four main goals walking into startup weekend:1) Research - The last time I was a part of a startup was in 1998 during the Dot Com boom. It was a great time to be a part of a startup. I had missed the energy of one and was curious to see what people are doing and if that energy ...
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Results Don’t Need a Name

Results Don’t Need a Name

I was thinking tonight as I prepared to go out for the evening that I have often struggled to define user experience and the benefits of it to the industry that creates experiences for a living, the gaming industry. User experience done well is often subtle and seamless. It's an experience a user ra ...
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Censoring Craigslist

Censoring Craigslist

This is a quick and dirty post meant to capture some quick thoughts about Craigslist pulling down their Adult Services section.Fact Company recently posted about Craigslist going to Washington. The article points out:Civil litigators have been considering class action lawsuits on behalf of minors wh ...
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UX Video of the Week: How the Marshmallow Challenge Builds a Team

UX Video of the Week: How the Marshmallow Challenge Builds a Team

Tom Wujec, an innovative practitioner of business visualization, presents some surprisingly deep research into the "marshmallow problem" -- a simple team-building exercise that involves dry spaghetti, one yard of tape and a marshmallow. Who can build the tallest tower with these ingredients? And why ...
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UX Video of the Week: How to Motivate People

UX Video of the Week: How to Motivate People

What happens when we give people responsibility to create something?Just let them take the reigns and run for 24+ hours on whatever they want? Dan Pink attempts to create that reality for you through this video done for TED.I discovered it when it was posted in Fast Company. The science proves that ...
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UX Video of the Week: The Social Media Revolution

UX Video of the Week: The Social Media Revolution

I'm rather far behind on the weekly UX Videos so I'll "catch up" simply by starting my posts again. I ran across this video and am amazed by the facts.We have a fundamental shift on our hands of how we communicate with each other locally and internationally.Similar to having a web site is required t ...
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You do, what?

You do, what?

Talking to customers is what user experience professionals claim to do day in and day out. Learning the lanugage of our customers in order to talk about what we do is key to translating what we do to the general public.An 8th grader should understand it. If you were to step back, what is the experie ...
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Why Bill Gates Was Successful

Why Bill Gates Was Successful

Sheer determination and persistence gets us farther than anything else. Take Colonel Sanders for example.  He talked to hundreds before he finally got someone to take him seriously and thus Kentucky Fried Chicken was born. ...
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Social Media is Not a Solution

Social Media is Not a Solution

Lately I have noticed an increase in the amount of requests for "Social Media UX Designers". This worries me. It worries me much like the Pied Piper whom led all the rats out of the village only for them to drown in the river. This is a drastic illustration of my perspective but it does illustrate a ...
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The Break Up

The Break Up

Time to start listening again. ...
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