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  1. Book Review: Innovation by Design

    December 16, 2019

    Cover: Innovation by DesignOver the last several years, design thinking has gained its fair share of attention as an applied professional practice. In fact, it has gained so much currency in corporate activities that design thinking already heavily influences and is the driving methodology of the team with which I recently began a UX engagement. They even refer to their methodology as a design-thinking framework. However, I frequently see and hear about confusion about design thinking—sometimes even antipathy toward it—among UX professionals who don’t quite get what design thinking is and why it matters, and are concerned that it somehow dilutes the value of User Experience.

    In my speaking and teaching, I frequently use the terms design and User Experience interchangeably, explaining that User Experience is an applied, research-oriented approach to design. This calls to mind some of my earlier writings, in which I discussed the nature of design and how we frequently use the term design to describe the characteristics of an object rather than looking at design as a process. However, much of the work of the Design Management Institute focuses on process and value—rather than simply craft. Read More

  2. Book Review: Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World and Why Things Are Better Than You Think

    July 29, 2019

    “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”—commonly attributed to Mark Twain

    Cover: FactfulnessDespite our technological advances, it seems that things just keep getting worse. Overpopulation, terrorism, natural disasters, lack of food and resources, crime, income inequality, and access to education are just some of the things with which humanity is contending. It makes one long for the good old days.

    But is this perception of the world correct?

    A critical skill for UX professionals is the ability to recognize our biases and evaluate the quality of the information we consume and develop. By recognizing the errors in our perception and in the information at hand, we can improve decision-making for ourselves and our teams. Read More

  3. Book Review: Designing Your Life

    August 26, 2019

    Cover: Designing Your LifeAre you happy with how things are going in your life? Are you doing the work you thought you would be doing; living the life you hoped you would? Did the plans you set for yourself in the autumn of your senior year of high school work out?

    One thing that has bothered me for some time is the folly of expecting young people who are between the ages of 16 and 18—or even younger—to try to determine what profession they should choose for the rest of their life. Add to this the insanity of expecting many of these young people to choose the right post-secondary education to qualify them for a profession and having them and their families fund this education at a cost of around $50,000 over four years—very possibly more. All of this in pursuit of a degree and a profession they might not even like, that could change significantly within a few years of their graduation, or that might not even exist within a decade. Contributing to this uncertainty is the fact that a not-insignificant percentage—the exact number is debatable—of graduates won’t ever work in a field relating to their major. Read More

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