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Title: At 90, She’s Designing Tech For Aging Boomers Context: Design isn’t always about what you can prove, sometimes it’s simply about what you know. Synopsis: This rapidly changing, tech obsessed, innovation-centric culture in which we live is unquestionably a

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Creativity cannot be scheduled, budgeted, or administered.

Title: Stop Apologizing for Being Creative Context: Creativity and business do not mix. Said every business failure ever. Synopsis: In many (sad and unfortunate) ways, creativity is punished. Why? It scares the hell out of people quite frankly. Mostly because

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MurderImage credit: Stevie Spiers Photography, “Murder”, September 19, 2014, Flickr

Title: Silicon Valley Killed the Design Agency Context: Buying a design agency and bringing it in house does not a UX-led company make. But it’s better than the alternative. Synopsis: Several years ago, prior to the burst of the dot

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Listen, ProfitImage credit: John, “Listen, Profit”, June 6, 2007, Flickr

Title: The Bottom Line Value of Design Context: The most certain path to profit is great design. No you can’t have a raise. Synopsis: The evidence is no longer anecdotal, design commitment is the single most important business differentiator that

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Title: Nine patterns among great UX teams Context: The difference between a good design team and a great one actually has little to do with the design skills of the team itself. Synopsis: I wish I could say that there

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“MusicalImage credit: David Maddison, “Musical Chairs”, November 26, 2005, Flickr

Title: Designer Duds: Losing Our Seat at the Table Context: First no one in business listened to designers. Then they all did. Now only some do. But really, they all should. Synopsis: For a while there it looked like designers

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ASSIMILATEImage credit: BEN MURPHY ONLINE, "ASSIMILATE", January 27, 2008, Flickr

Title: Organizational Challenges for UX Professionals Context: You’ll probably recognize more than a few of these pitfalls. No bonus points if you sadly nod your head to all of them. Synopsis: So achieving good user experience is really no secret.

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Designers are wankersImage credit: Paul Love, "Designers are wankers", January 11, 2008, Flickr

Title: The Rise of UX Leadership Context: The only thing worse than a CEO who doesn’t care about user experience? One who does. Synopsis: “No one understands us!” is the plaintive cry of the lowly user experience designer trying desperately

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Title: How One Company Taught Its Employees How To Be Happier, And What Happened Next Context: How do you get to your happy place? Practice, practice, practice. Synopsis: Happiness and work do not always go hand in hand. And that’s

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Title: How Design And User Experience Translates To The Bottom Line Context: What have your UX designers done for you lately? How about made you a boatload of cash. Synopsis: User experience has traditionally been the underwear gnome of the

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Title: Cooper Drawing Board Context: This is how you do UX design exploration. If you have the time… Synopsis: Deadlines. You’re probably under one right now. Hell, you’re probably facing several. Pumping out designs like a machine. Wireframing until your

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Title: Why Top Execs are Starting to Care About UX Design Context: Learn from the guy who literally wrote the book on user experience. Synopsis: Remember when user experience was just this thing that a bunch of unkempt design nerds

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Title: How to Win the UX War Within Your Organization Context: In some organizations, getting buy-in for UX as a core business competency is fraught with difficulty and pitfalls. Imagine that. Synopsis: Isn’t it amazing how some people inside a

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Title: A Design Primer for Engineers Context: Sometimes it’s good to get a peek at how the other half view us. Synopsis: Engineers and designers. Oil and water or yin and yang? Most people might think the former but it

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Image credit: Jeff the Trojan, "Business Casual", January 18, 2011, Flickr

Title: Why Designers Will Become the Next Gen of CEOs Context: We are no longer the weird guys in the basement. Now we’re the weird guys in the boardroom. Synopsis: Businesses are increasingly being built and revamped around a core

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