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Gel conference videos now online

Not everyone has the chance to attend Gel — it’s pricey and not directly related to the work we do so it can be hard to justify to managers who control your professional development budget. It’s billed as an “inspirational” conference similar to TED, but with a specific focus: creating good experiences (Gel stands for [Keep Reading…]

User Centered Design is now closed

Last year at IA Summit 2008, Jared Spool declared that it was time for us to retire the dogma of user-centered design, citing that the most effective design teams don’t follow a specific methodology, but instead have a whole toolbox of techniques and tricks to use when the time is right. Flip through his slides [Keep Reading…]

Maimonides’ Eight Levels of Charity Applied to Building Your Personal Brand

I’ve been thinking a lot about acts of giving lately. It’s been an incredible year for me and so many people have given me so much. It seems impossible to give back. In Judaism, it’s common to follow Maimonides’ Eight Levels of Tzedakah (the Hebrew word for charity or justice). The aim is to give [Keep Reading…]

Essentials to Designing a Conference

In the past year, I’ve been to an obscene amount of conferences. It started with Nielsen Norman group’s User Experience in Las Vegas in December 2007, followed by the inaugural IxDA Interaction 08 in Savannah, IA Summit 2008 in Miami, Gel 2008 in New York, Web 2.0 Expo NY, IAI‘s IDEA 2008 in Chicago, UIE‘s [Keep Reading…]

IxDA Interaction 09: Day 3

My Twitter notes from Interaction 09 Day 3 — Sunday, February 8, 2009 — are below. I have gathered my tweets from Day 1 and Day 2 in other posts. Keynote: How to Change Complicated Stuff (e.g., the World) by Marc Rettig I’m Twittering from the last day of @interaction09 http://interaction09.ixda.org/ thanks to @boxesandarrows http://boxesandarrows.com [Keep Reading…]

IxDA Interaction 09: Day 2

My Twitter notes from Interaction 09 Day 2 — Saturday, February 7, 2009 — are below. I have gathered my tweets from Day 1 and Day 3 in other posts. Saturday Opening Remarks I’m Twittering from @interaction09 on behalf of the amazing @boxesandarrows. http://boxesandarrows.com @ebacon on the stage announcing the new @ixda board. @jdevylder is [Keep Reading…]

IxDA Interaction 09: Day 1

Well Interaction 09 was a blast! Vancouver is a hip, chic town and the energy level at the conference was really high. My favorite thing about the user experience community is just how much everyone loves each other and feels inspired by one another. While this year, IxDA’s second running the conference, had a very [Keep Reading…]