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My mug is on the new Skitch homepage

It’s no secret that I’m completely obsessed with Skitch — the handy screenshot, annotation and image sharing tool for Mac — since I tell pretty much anyone who’ll listen. I’ve probably stood over 100 shoulders waiting for folks to download and install it, then watch their eyes open wide when they realize what they now [Keep Reading...]

Design Principles: The Philosophy of UX

On Monday, I had the honor and privilege of presenting a new talk at An Event Apart Boston 2011, titled Design Principles: The Philosophy of UX. This is my third year speaking at AEA and it never gets less exhilarating — and terrifying! Design Principles: The Philosophy of UX View more presentations from Whitney Hess. [Keep Reading...]

Lifework — A philosophy, a lifestyle, a revolution

Around this time three years ago, I started considering the possibilities of being independently-employed for the first time. Quite honestly it had never even really occurred to me before I met people who were doing it — and were happy, successful and encouraging. It wasn’t until August of that year that I actually took the [Keep Reading...]

You’re not a user experience designer if…

The UX field is booming. It seems like the number of user experience practitioners has doubled in the last year — from newbies who’ve just entered the workforce, to mid-career changes, to folks who’ve been doing this all along but finally found out what to call themselves. It’s incredibly reassuring to finally see a long [Keep Reading...]

TechStars Shines a Light on NY Tech

Thursday was a pivotal moment in the NY startup scene: the inaugural TechStars NYC Demo Day. It was an honor to be in attendance and get to see 11 fantastic startups strut their stuff on the stage of legendary Webster Hall to room full of 750 investors and community. I’ve been following the TechStars NYC [Keep Reading...]

I’m speaking at Interlink Conference 2011 in Vancouver, and you should come

I have the distinct pleasure of speaking at the first ever Interlink Conference in Vancouver, Canada on June 2-4, along with a stellar lineup of people I can’t even believe I’m included with: Samantha Warren, Steve Fisher, Gavin Elliott, Jonathan Snook, Brian Hoff, Ethan Dunham, Frank Chimero, Patrick Lauke, Meagan Fisher, Simon Collison, Sarah Parmenter, [Keep Reading...]

Historical Technology: Machines of Times Gone By

The Museum of the City of New York has one of the most extensive photo archives of historical NYC in existence. They made a significant portion of it (13,895 photos to be exact) available online last December, and when I first read about it on Gothamist, I must have spent hours combing through it all [Keep Reading...]