D. Ben Woods

Owner and Principal Consultant at Covalent Studio LLC
Akron, Ohio, USA

D. Ben Woods Ben’s global design and technology firm specializes in software design and development for the Web, mobile, and ecommerce. The company serves clients ranging from small startups to some of the largest companies in the world, including General Electric, Rio Tinto, and Fidelity. His career in User Experience began in the late 1990s. Ben has held diverse roles, including UX management at a global B2B firm, full-time and part-time academia, and executive roles. He enjoys solving complex business problems and coaching talent to be competitive UX design professionals. Ben earned his MS in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management at Kent State University and is a graduate of the Executive MBA program at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. He has presented long-format talks, speed presentations, and posters at many conferences and events and has conducted training and workshops for organizations throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

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Ben’s Articles on UXmatters

Book Review: Articulating Design Decisions
September 2021
Book Review: Escaping the Build Trap
August 2021
Book Review: Org Design for Design Orgs
July 2021
Book Review: Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products
June 2021
Book Review: Nudge
May 2021
Book Review: Hackers & Painters
April 2021
Book Review: The Design of Everyday Things
March 2021
Book Review: Make Your Customers Dance
February 2021
Book Review: How Design Makes the World
January 2021
Book Review: A Field Guide to Lies
December 2020
Book Review: Laws of UX
November 2020
Book Review: That Will Never Work
October 2020
Book Review: The User’s Journey: Storymapping Products That People Love
September 2020
Book Review: Traction
August 2020
Book Review: The Lean Product Playbook
July 2020
Book Review: The Innovation Stack
June 2020
Book Review: Weapons of Math Destruction
May 2020
Book Review: The Zombie Survival Guide
April 2020
Book Review: Change by Design
March 2020
Book Review: Strategic Writing for UX
February 2020
Book Review: How Not to Be Wrong
January 2020
Book Review: Innovation by Design
December 2019
Book Review: Intertwingled
November 2019
Book Review: Redesigning Leadership
October 2019
Book Review: UX Strategy
September 2019
Book Review: Designing Your Life
August 2019
Book Review: Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
July 2019
Book Review: A Designer’s Research Manual
June 2019
Book Review: How to Get People to Do Stuff
May 2019
Book Review: Think Like a Futurist
April 2019
Book Review: Information Anxiety
March 2019
Book Review: Computers as Theatre
February 2019
Book Review: Why We Fail: Learning from Experience Design Failures
January 2019
Book Review: Designing Voice User Interfaces
December 2018
Book Review: Sprint
November 2018
Book Review: Managing Chaos
October 2018
Book Review: Living in Information
September 2018
Book Review: Design Leadership
August 2018
Book Review: Evil by Design
July 2018
Book Review: Creative Confidence
June 2018

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