User experience is an amalgam of information architecture, visual design, interaction design, user research, prototyping, coding, and a host of other skill sets. Combine this complexity with the rapid rate of change in technology and techniques, and it’s no wonder that there’s a gap between the skills required by the industry of UX designers and those taught by design programs in colleges and universities. In this episode of The Digital Life, we discuss the state of design education and how to build teams with the right skills to ship digital products with Jared Spool, Founding Principal of User Interface Engineering.
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At the age of 23, Zach sold his company Vimeo. But as soon as he sold his company, he wanted nothing more than to have those wings again. He missed it. He realised he wanted to keep flying. Zach humbly offers advise on what he’s doing now (DIY.org) and the lessons he’s learned that have informed his own company. Why doing something valuable that solves worthy challenges, contributes to culture, standing up for what’s important, and behaving as if your company is going to be here 100 years from now, matters.
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Clay Christensen and Dominic Barton on Consulting’s Disruption - HBR IdeaCast - Harvard Business Review
Business bloggers at Harvard Business Review discuss a variety of business topics including managing people, innovation, leadership, and more.
Special guest Dan Cederholm joins Andrew Clarke this week to talk about making money by making things, how making great schwag makes a great impression and what happened to Foamee. They discuss why on Dribbble it’s important for business to not get in the way of a great service and with Dan’s new book coming up, they talk about the process of writing and whether second editions are worth it.
Host Jeffrey Zeldman and guest Mike Monteiro (Design Is A Job, Mule Radio) discuss truthfulness and respect in the design business, the beauty of client services, The Big Web Show’s move to the Mule Radio Network, and the secret behind all great content products and applications.
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Craig speaks to the legendary Steve ‘Woz’ Wozniak. Woz co-founded Apple Computers Inc. with Steve Jobs in the late 1970′s which has since gone on to become the most successful company of all time with a market value in excess of $700 billion. Craig and Woz speak about the fabled iWatch and barriers to entry for entrepreneurs. Woz hand built early Apple computers and is still heavily involved with engineering new products and advising tech based startups around the world.
Gabe and Erik chat with Maciej Cegłowski, creator of Pinboard, about travel, deciding to create your own business, and helping others build their own, $37 at a time.
This presentation shines the light on what’s missing in turning a customer experience vision into tangible business value. How do you use all that is good and useful from typical customer experience approaches? How do you add commercial rigour and the hard core analytics in a way that one competency doesn’t dominate the other? What is the secret in bringing together the skills and perspectives that result in a great customer experience and an equally great commercial outcome?
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Blogger Anil Dash says we tend to trumpet the tech revolution, with its vast social networks and slick smartphones, as a triumph of usability and empowerment. But Dash says a spirit of collaboration and emphasis on the user experience has been lost along the way.
He wrote about this shift on his blog in a post called The Web We Lost.
“There is an ignorance or a lack of history to the way that a lot of people that build the social networks, especially the young engineers, think about this because they weren’t around to see it any other way,” Dash told Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC’s New Tech City.
Dash cites as example Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram. “The first thing that happened as soon as Facebook bought Instragram was they shut off the ability for you to import your friends and find your friends through Twitter because Facebook and Twitter are enemies now.”
Dash says that may be good for Facebook’s shareholders, but it’s not good for users who want to Tweet photos to their friends. He adds that the walling off of content wouldn’t have happened in the earlier days of the Internet.
“There used to be a time when you put the goals and desires of the user ahead of the corporate infighting and battles,” he said.
Dash believes technology’s new vanguard should take a look at the philosophies that drove their forbearers.
“There are cycles to this stuff,” he said. “The pendulum swings back and forth.”
While Anna’s away in Amsterdam, Andy talks with designer Laura Kalbag about Star Trek Into Darkness, how they name wifi networks and whether location really affects their businesses. They discuss about how to find good sub-contractors and the differences between working for clients direct or via third-parties.
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