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Title: Design thinking and haunted houses Context: If at first you don’t succeed, spook, spook again. Synopsis: No one wants to deliver their customer a miserable experience. Well, almost no one. If your job is to scare the bejeezus out

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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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Title: How Design Thinking Transformed Airbnb from a Failing Startup to a Billion Dollar Business Context: The key word in central phrase is actually “thinking”, not “design”. Synopsis: There are blueprints for success that, if followed, inevitably lead to 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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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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It’s sad how we unlearn the most basic design skills that all kids have in the pursuit of “higher” educational goals. How powerful could design become if instead of teaching away from these innate design fundamentals we built on top

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Title: Interview – Tim Brown, CEO and president of IDEO – WEF 2011 Context: The World Economic Forum at Davos. It’s not just for economists anymore. Synopsis: Tim Brown holds forth in a video chat with a student from Parsons

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