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Title: Why we need writers: Better products, services, and companies. Context: A good UI is as much written as designed. Synopsis: Most people think of design as a visual medium where concepts and ideas are communicated through graphic cues that

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Title: The hardest thing in UX design… Context: It gets easier. Or so I’ve been told. Synopsis: There are many difficult aspects to being a user experience designer: long hours, constant rework, uncertainty, but nothing is so hard, or dispiriting,

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Calling yourself a storyteller doesn’t make it so. And the truth is, telling a story about how you are a storyteller is often a work of fiction. via vimeo.com

Title: Telling stories about screens for screens Context: Telling people about your software. One story at a time. Synopsis: If someone were to ask you to tell them about the software that you designed what would you say? Would you

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Title: Want to be a better storyteller? Learn from a comedian Context: Who has 2 thumbs and tells stories for a living? This guy. Except you should do that. With your own thumbs. And also substitute “girl” for “guy” if

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Title: Story-centered design: hacking your brain to think like a user Context: Fix your design process. Or, stop designing screens and start designing stories. Synopsis: As a user experience designer you probably think about everything in discrete chunks of interactivity

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Title: The Invisible Side of Design Context: Design should never be about the designer. It is always about the user. Synopsis: The best designs do not even exist for users. Which is exactly why it is so damn hard to

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Vision :'A Book in Every Child's Hand'Image credit: Pratham Books, "Vision :'A Book in Every Child's Hand'", March 6, 2007, Flickr

Title: Why We Need Storytellers at the Heart of Product Development Context: There are not enough good storytellers in the world. And certainly not in the business world. Synopsis: It was a dark and stormy night…Well, not really. Or maybe

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Title: Method: Eight Things Stand-Up Comedy Teaches Us About Innovation Context: Laughter is the best innovation medicine. Synopsis: Stop me if you’ve heard this one: So a UX designer and his horse walk into a bar… Oh, you’ve already heard

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Title: Storytelling lessons from Bill Cosby Context: There’s all types of storytelling out there, but the stories that make you smile – or indeed laugh – are generally the best kinds. Synopsis: Want people to remember your presentation? Tell them

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The Ignite faithful file in.Image credit: Mark Congiusta, "The Ignite faithful file in.", February 10, 2011, Flickr

Hopefully you can help me out. Here’s the story (no pun intended): I am a regular at the Ignite events in Dublin (http://ignite.oreilly.com/dublin/). There have been 6 so far and I have spoke at all of them, so needless to

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Once upon a time...Image credit: Rachel L., "Once upon a time...", November 14, 2010, Flickr

Title: Why We Need Storytellers at the Heart of Product Development Context: I’m going to continue beating the storytelling drum until I finally get to the end of this particular story about this guy who continues to beat the storytelling

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Title: Terry Border at Gel 2008 Context: The things that we make are the stories we tell. However, nobody ever said that those stories need to be boring ones. Synopsis: If you’ve never seen Terry Border’s art you are missing

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Title: The Stories We Construct Context: Telling a great story is hard. Constructing it is even harder. Synopsis: Very attractive and breezy presentation by the maker of Mental Notes brainstorming cards (http://getmentalnotes.com/) that tries to describe the process we –

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Moments later, I learned how, as the CEO stepped away from the podium, away from his notes, and to center stage to face his audience. As if a surge of energy pumped through his veins, he embarked on an exciting

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