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What’s Your Problem? Putting Purpose Back into Your Projects

[This is the written form of my presentation What’s Your Problem? Putting Purpose Back into Your Projects] Our story begins in the 1980s at Procter & Gamble, the largest consumer goods company in the world. They make Bounty, and Mister Clean, and Dawn and lots of other brands you know and love. P&G was raking [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…]

Featured in The Art of Web Design by PBS Off Book

I’m honored to have been featured in the latest episode of Off Book, a documentary series by PBS, alongside greats Jeffrey Zeldman and Jason Santa Maria. Titled The Art of Web Design, the video gives a high-level overview of how the web is made and how it has evolved. Not surprisingly, I focused on why [Keep Reading…]

Designing the Company, Not the Product

In April, I posted a tweet that became one of my most retweeted of all time. Designing the product is all for naught if you don’t first take the time to design the organization. — Whitney Hess (@whitneyhess) April 20, 2012 It was a single statement that was the culmination of 9 months of identity [Keep Reading…]

Knowing Why Beats Knowing How

Last year around this time, I started following an eating plan called The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss. At the same time, I was feverishly traveling the globe presenting my talk Design Principles: The Philosophy of UX. Midway through the book, Tim begins a chapter with a quotation from Ralph Waldo Emerson that draws a [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…]

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…]