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Slides from a class I put together for college kids on understanding the roles and results of user experience. Enjoy!

I just had the great pleasure of delivering this talk on systems based thinking at The Wharton Web Conference. I am leaving Philly with lots of ideas about what I want to write and speak about next based on the comments and questions from the audience.

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Oh yea, and I got to meet Steve Wozniak!

Here are the slides from my talk at Interaction 12 in Dublin. If this content resonates with you, feel free to download and use my deck to teach these principles to others (and please drop me a tweet to tell me how it went)
Also, for those interested: I plan to have the matching poster out by IA Summit time. So stay tuned for news on that.

“Oh, what a void there is in things.” – Aulus Persius Flaccus

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I was recently asked to give a talk to the students of the Miami Ad School who are spending their semester at Draftfcb. My aim with my hour with them was to explain how user experience planning made it into the agency world and why creatives should care.

“Are you running away from something or towards something?”

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“Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived.” – Abraham Lincoln

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Design Systems, Not Stuff

“I must create a system or be enslaved by another man’s” – William Blake

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Separate the Needles from the Haystack

“Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

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Recently there has been some chatter about whether or not you need to have a User Experience portfolio. I believe that you do, in order to show your past value and efforts you need something more than bullets on a resume.

As such, I went into the creation of my latest User Experience portfolio with the following lenses:

  1. It has to be clear, short and not boring.
  2. It has to be readable by NON User Experience People
  3. It has to be representative of my experience but not exhaustive

I hope you enjoy what I came up with.  Eager to get some feedback.