Donate time, donate money for social justice

If you are looking for ways to put your User Experience Design skills to use this summer consider reaching out and volunteering for one of the various Civil Rights organizations fighting for racial equality and civil rights for all people.  Black Visions CollectiveNAACPColor of ChangeSouthern Poverty Law CenterACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)North Star Health CollectiveCommunity…

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Using Mapping to Scope a System

The Power of Mapping Maps and models help us see and visualize all sorts of concepts. To get our hands and heads around a topic or a complex system as well as ideas and simple systems. We can model conceptual ideas, real ecosystems, objects and interactions. To help understand the boundaries of a topic or the…

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IxD Foundations Reading List

The past two falls have found me teaching the basic Interaction Design Foundations course at CCA. It’s great fun and we get into the basics of task flows, wireframes, information architecture, concept modeling, components and micro-interactions and finally game design to push the idea of design, test, iterate, test all wrapped up in fun. General(Required…

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Re-finding Your Individual Contributor Self

The Shift Back from Management Moving from management back into the role of an individual contributor — especially if you go out as a freelancer or consultant — can be as overwhelming and confusing as moving into leadership from an individual contributor role. Some of the reasons are similar but some are very different. When I left my management…

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Chasing the ephemeral

Thoughts from a digital packrat As a person who has created a lot of different types of social experiences over the years and who has written about social experiences (Designing Social Interfaces from O’Reilly Media), I have accounts all over the internet and my phone is littered with social apps that I tried a couple of…

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Thoughts about Identity, Privacy and Moderation in the Age of Fake News and Emboldened Bad Behavior

I am currently teaching systems design at California College of Arts and we have been talking about the social architecture for social interfaces. Key to the foundation for social experiences is online identity and understanding the spectrum of ways that people can and want to represent themselves online. As designers we can give people the…

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Writing about the UX of Sales

I have been working on this book material for awhile – I started writing the book about a year after we did our talk at the IA Summit and then it stalled as I began working on my Dr. Leslie book and then began teaching at CCA. So to force myself to continue and to…

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Systems Reading List

In the spring I will be teaching the Systems class at CCA for the third time. I will be integrating systems which covers systems, mapping, information architecture with social interface design thinking as well since so much of developing a social design with reputation, identity, privacy, engagement and activities is essentially systems thinking. So while…

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