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Empathy is the Core of Design Thinking

David Kelley is the founder and chairman of IDEO, probably the world’s best-known design innovation consultancy. Though not quite a household name, Kelley has arguably made as much of an impact on the field of design as the late Steve Jobs — in fact, it was under Kelley’s leadership that IDEO designed the first mouse [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...]

Whit Hour – Week 13

Thank you so much to the ~29 people who showed up for the thirteenth week of Whit Hour — my weekly one-hour video chat to answer any and all of your questions about user experience, consulting, and whatever else you throw at me. Tune in every Monday night from 10-11pm Eastern Time at http://www.livestream.com/whithour. Whit [Keep Reading...]

Photo of the day: Bags on Board

My cousins have an adorable Boston Terrier named Luna. She likes to play tug of war, and fetch, and tear her toys apart. And unlike the dogs I had growing up, she also likes to poop outside. Over the summer my cousins were taking Luna for a walk and I noticed their completely amazing leash. [Keep Reading...]

Sketching made easier by UI Stencils

Yes, I’m obsessed with Konigi’s Omnigraffle wireframe stencils, but what if you could have real-life stencils to help you sketch? You can. They’re called UI Stencils, and they’re made by Design Commission, an experience design agency in Seattle. Drawing can be intimidating for a lot of folks, and the fear of not being a “good [Keep Reading...]

NY Tech Meetup — February 2010

This month’s NY Tech Meetup was titled Rally for the Future. With almost 700 people in attendance at FIT’s Haft Auditorium, NYTM veered off its typical format of 7 presenters for 5 minutes each. Instead a wide variety of people gave impassioned arguments about how to bring New York to the forefront of the technology [Keep Reading...]

Photo of the day: Do Not Disturb

I travel a lot and I’ve seen (and used) my fair share of Do Not Disturb signs. Most hang from the doorknob, and some are inserted into the card key slot. But who hasn’t experienced their shortcomings? Either they fall to the floor every time you open the door, or you aren’t given one at [Keep Reading...]