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I’m off to SXSW 2012 to speak and play

Four years ago I had never even heard of South by Southwest, and now I’m on a plane heading to Austin for my 4th time attending and 3rd time speaking at the most raucous and depraved interactive technology festival on the planet. I mean that in the best way possible :) I’m trembling with excitement [Keep Reading...]

I’m off to UX Hong Kong

A little over a year ago, I wrote a blog post titled I Wish I Were Going to UX Hong Kong and now I find myself sitting at the gate waiting to do just that. I am on my way to speak at UX Hong Kong! My life never ceases to amaze me, and this [Keep Reading...]

Business or Pleasure?

I arrived into Newark Airport from Tel Aviv at 4:45am ET, having been awake for 30 hours straight. U.S. Customs was rather empty so early in the morning. I approached the agent, handed him my passport, and waited for the inevitable inquisition: “Were you in Israel for business or pleasure?” Never has the question struck [Keep Reading...]

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

You might have realized I haven’t been here in a while. That’s because I’ve been everywhere else. I spent my summer doing deeply meaningful client projects and traveling the world sharing my passion for making people’s lives better. I met a ton of interesting new people along the way — people who inspired me to [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...]

FONC and the Impostor Syndrome

Last week, Caterina Fake wrote about a social observation she made at SXSW which she called FOMO — Fear Of Missing Out: people checking their Twitter and Foursquare feeds to see who was where, doing what, to make sure that they were in the right place at the right time with the right people. And [Keep Reading...]