Why I spent my weekend talking Agile and User Experience

“What are you going to do this weekend?” “I’m going to hang out in the Financial District with a bunch of folks from various disciplines and locations to discuss the intersection of Agile and User Experience.” “All weekend? Um, that sounds like fun.” As it turns out, it was a lot more than fun. More … Continue reading Why I spent my weekend talking Agile and User Experience

Call Their Baby Ugly and 4 Other Tips for Designing with CEO’s

CEO’s can be a tough group to design for – after all, it’s their vision with which you are now entrusted. I've been fortunate enough throughout my career to work closely with several CEO's. From fledgling ideas to high-growth companies like TheLadders (where I’m the Director of User Experience), I’ve whiteboarded, wireframed and prototyped my … Continue reading Call Their Baby Ugly and 4 Other Tips for Designing with CEO’s

Lean IA: Getting out of the deliverables business

Updated: This topic has been expanded with a broader focus from Lean IA to Lean UX. The full essay version of the topic can be found on Smashing Magazine while the most recent presentation deck version can be found on Slideshare.   Traditionally Information Architecture (and its siblings Interaction Design, UX Design, et al) has … Continue reading Lean IA: Getting out of the deliverables business

The Case for a Designer in Residence

Design is one of the key differentiators in the success of a start-up. It’s been exemplified in success stories like Mint.com, Gilt Group’s end-to-end aesthetic and experience and even larger successes such as Facebook’s clean and constrained interface trouncing MySpace’s DIY interface approach. Yet, founding teams rarely include designers and in a lot of cases … Continue reading The Case for a Designer in Residence