Gangplank Richmond Kicks off UX workshop series

I had the honor of hosting Gangplank’s first UX workshop in Richmond on July 11th. The meet-up invite filled very quickly for the 15 available slots. The topic was an Intro to Design Studio. Many of the attendees were local Gangplanker entrepreneurs who, coincidentally, fit the persona profile I used in our design challenge (to…

How Publishing is Surviving the Digital Age

At SIIA‘s (Software & Information Industry Association) June 20th Platforms Publishing Technology Showcase, we learned about the latest trends and tools being used by todays leading publishing companies. A various speakers presented case studies and solutions offered by companies including: – TEMIS – MarkLogic – Acquia – ePublishing Highlights: TEMIS gave a very simple and…

Lean UX NYC 2013

Well done to Will Evans for producing and hosting a successful Lean UX conference this year. The conference was held at NYU with the first day of keynotes in the auditorium at NYU Law and the following two day workshops at the Stern Business School building. I had the fortune of meeting Will at the…

NYPD demonstrating NUI

After Hurricane Sandy passed, we took a walk through mid-town to get some air and to explore the outcome of the storm. Power was out for everything south of 42nd street, so NYPD dispatched traffic control personnel at most intersections. That’s where I witnessed an effective implementation of natural UI. The traffic signal gloves. We’ve…

What about the User?

We’re all familiar with the standard User Story format: As a [user type], I would like [functionality] so that [business justification]. A good Scrum team is more than capable of interpreting the functionality requested by the Product Owner. Furthermore, a Product Owner in-tuned with the business’ initiatives can effectively articulate the business justification which influences,…

Experience Design at Blue Smoke

We went to Blue Smoke in lower Manhattan for an afternoon of BBQ and drinks. I was pleasantly surprised to witness a subtle yet effective layout design of the restaurant that added to my experience above all others. The decision by the architects to create unisex bathrooms (4 of them) instead of the traditional Mens…