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SxSW: One giant party

It has been a complete whirlwind two weeks and I’m finally starting to settle down (read: back on my couch). I went from SxSW Interactive in Austin, TX, straight to IA Summit in Memphis, TN, and somehow I got through it. It was my first time at SxSW and I had an absolute blast. The [Keep Reading...]

I’m here at SXSW and I want to meet you!

I’m here in Austin hanging out at SXSW until Wednesday, then going straight to Memphis for the IA Summit. Tomorrow, Saturday, March 14, at 3:30pm, I’ll be on a panel with Jeffrey Zeldman, Roger Black and Kristina Halvorson called “From Freelance to Agency: Start Small, Stay Small.” I told you all about it in December. [Keep Reading...]

I’m Speaking at Pittsburgh Web Design Day

When I went to Pittsburgh in October for Carnegie Mellon Homecoming to see the reunion of my friend Joanna‘s band, I had the pleasure of finally meeting my Twitter pal G. Jason Head. Jason is a front-end web developer and runs Refresh Pittsburgh. He’s also putting together the first-ever Pittsburgh Web Design Day — “a [Keep Reading...]

My high school computer science homework

As some of you may know, I was computer scientist before I was a user experience designer. Because I was always on the computer, I was persuaded by an 8th grade teacher to enroll in the one high school computer science class when I entered the 9th grade, and I loved it so much that [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...]

I’ll be speaking at IA Summit 2009 in Memphis

Another wildly overdue announcement (well I mentioned it on Twitter, but not here on the blog): My submission to the business/strategy/management track of IA Summit 2009 was accepted! I’m scared shitless and never expected it to be accepted, but I can’t wait to make it happen. The talk is titled, “Evangelizing Yourself: You can’t change [Keep Reading...]

I have joined the UXnet board of directors

In mid-December, the venerable Lou Rosenfeld asked me if I would join the UXnet board of directors. Saying no to Lou would have been wildly foolish. After all, he literally wrote the book on information architecture. Initially published in February 1998, Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, co-written with Peter Morville, is one of [Keep Reading...]