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  1. Book Review: UX Strategy

    September 23, 2019

    Cover: UX StrategyI must admit that I picked out this book based on its title alone, UX Strategy, which I found intriguing. Plus, the book had high reviews on Amazon. I was curious about what the term UX strategy meant from author Jaime Levy’s perspective. Was it strategy for leading UX teams? Was it applying UX to strategic planning in companies? Something different altogether?

    My own thinking was that UX professionals need to think more strategically about the impact of their work. We should consider the big picture for an organization and where User Experience fits into it. Taking a strategic view also requires a broader understanding of externalities that affect our work and its reception within an organization. Read More

  2. 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

  3. Book Review: Redesigning Leadership

    October 21, 2019

    Cover: Redesigning LeadershipJohn Maeda has been an influential figure in the creative, technology world for decades. He began his career as a computer-science student, then pivoted to art and design. He was a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he led the Media Lab; became president of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), was Design Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), and now serves as a Strategic Advisor there. He currently leads design at Automattic, a Web-development company that is known primarily for WordPress.com.

    The term leadership frequently causes some discomfort among creative types. Perhaps it conjures images of an authoritarian figure maintaining centralized command and control of disparate activities. Of course, such control is anathema to creating the diversity that is necessary to realize unique, creative outcomes. Read More

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