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Whitney Hess: The Cultural Questionnaire

I was asked to complete a questionnaire for One Two One Two Microphone Check, a project by Alex Duloz. OTOTMC has questionnaires on Work, Lifestyle, Culture, Health & Beauty, Nightlife, and If I Could Do It All Over Again. They’re all in the style of Proust Questionnaires, meant to reveal your true personality. I chose [Keep Reading...]

Sketched

I was sketched while presenting at An Event Apart Boston 2012 by the highly accomplished artist Fish McGill: The 5 Whys and Fishbone Diagram on either side of my head are techniques I discuss in my talk, What’s Your Problem? Putting Purpose Back into Your Projects. Check out all of his portraits from the event. [Keep Reading...]

Four Years of Independence

Exactly four years ago today — Friday, August 22, 2008 — I “left work” for the last time. It was the last day of my last full-time job, and I’ve been independently employed ever since. I choose to say “independently employed” rather than self-employed because over these four years I’ve been forced to accept that [Keep Reading...]

You Are What You Ink

I just turned down a lucrative contract because in my heart I’m ethically opposed to the company’s corporate owners. When I was first contacted by their director of engineering, I had a negative gut feeling that it just “wasn’t me,” but I put off the concern in an effort to challenge my assumptions. I wanted [Keep Reading...]

Six Cities in Sixty Days

I have had an incredible (and staggering) two months. It began with a trip half-way around the world to Hong Kong, the furthest I’ve ever traveled, to speak at UX Hong Kong. I presented my talk Design Principles: The Philosophy of UX and gave my Creating a Culture of UX half-day workshop as well. I [Keep Reading...]

A Brief Recap on Year 4

2012 started off with a bang and my mind has been moving at a million miles a minute ever since. I managed to miss a few important milestones and never got around to taking the time to reflect on the year here. I suppose I decided that dwelling on the past (even if it yielded [Keep Reading...]

The plain numbers about women in tech – The VCs

I’m not much for the “women in tech” stuff — preferring to prove equality rather than beg for it — but sometimes the gender imbalance in this industry is so damaging that it would be unethical for me to not call it out. About a year ago, I wrote a blog post titled The Plain [Keep Reading...]