A Day in the Life of a UX Designer at Essential

August 22, 2014

Hosted by General Assembly, “A Day in the Life of a UX Designer at Essential,” provided an overview of the key activities, collaborations, processes, and concepts that make up what we do as UX designers.

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Government Program Evaluation and Design

August 13, 2014

As evaluation practices increase, what role can design play? Recently, trends in government program administration offer an opportunity for designers to participate after launch as well, in program evaluation.

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The Innovation Hype: What's useful in all the buzz?

July 14, 2014

The word “innovation” is brandished everywhere. It’s a compelling concept and every day we enjoy working with our clients to deliver them its promise. According to Google Ngram Viewer (which calculates the frequency of word use in publications between 1800 and 2008), “innovation” was used 73% more frequently in 2008 than it was in 1908.

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NYCxDesign Week - Part 2

June 27, 2014

Following the “It” convention of the NE IDSA conference we move to some of the trends from NYCxDesign week 2014. To echo our observations from last year the underlying trend was simplicity, the less is more mantra is still holding strong in 2014.

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Book Review for Raymond Turner’s "Design Leadership"

June 24, 2014

TO HEAR RAYMOND TURNER tell it, we design leaders have an awful lot on our plates. Not only do we frequently find ourselves as the sole interpreters between disciplines that rarely communicate if we are not involved, but we also manage budgets that can be “the largest single sum that the board of most companies knows the least about.”

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NYCxDesign Week - Part 1

June 5, 2014

NYCxDESIGN Week was buzzing with great events this year! May was all about design in NYC. Starting off with a well timed IDSA North East regional conference focused on Industrial Design and its relationship with startups and entrepreneurs.

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Designing Health: Beyond The Electronic Medical Record

May 29, 2014

The current state of the health experience is fragmented and limited in scope- failing to connect disparate sources of data into one cohesive system that paints a clear picture for individuals and society as a whole.

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Crafting a Story

May 13, 2014

Recently I read Storytelling for User Experience: Crafting Stories for Better Design, a book [Whitney Quesenbery] co-authored with Kevin Brooks. As a researcher and a designer, storytelling has been part of my life for a long time. However, I found her book to be a comprehensive source of inspiration about how a compelling story can establish a common ground of communication among all the stakeholders.

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New Approaches to R&D, New Design Research

April 30, 2014

The April issue of Fast Company has a thought-provoking blurb about an acquisitional approach to R&D. As the Lean Startup method gains traction and permeates into corporate culture, big companies are passing up long-term investment in R&D strategies and acquiring startups instead.

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Besides Hours, What Can We Use to Measure Performance

March 27, 2014

Measuring work in time is a topic that has interested me for a while now. Work is iterative and collaborative and yet we reduce it to the simple unit of an hour.

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