Lab Notes

Empathy Maps: The Business of Putting Users First

Working in UX, we take empathy for granted. To us, it may feel like an overused buzzword, but we don’t realize that the majority of the business world hasn’t heard “empathy” within the context of a professional organization before. While we start the design phase thinking about customer needs and goals, this process hasn’t been…

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UX Design, UI Design and No Design  —  Oh My!

Can I share with you that I am not that fun at parties. For those of you who have met me in person, that will make sense, and you won’t be surprised that my go-to small talk question (a party faux-pas) is “what do you do for work?” I actually love learning about what others do, but…

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Don’t Leave Behavioral Economics Behind

I have this problem right now. I’ve been trying to cut down on discretionary spending (especially recurring payments). This means no Netflix and even my precious gym membership is on hold. It also means my Audible membership has been canceled. In case you’re unfamiliar, Audible is Amazon’s subscription audiobook service where each month you pay $14.95 in…

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Sprinting Like a Designer

So you know how the Olympics has a bunch of different sports? Sports where individuals are competing for time? We can all agree that there are different kinds of sprinters — runners, cyclists, swimmers, oh my! What if there were also other kinds agile sprint other than software development? Let’s talk definitions: in agile delivery, work is…

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Your Cyclical SDLC is a Downward Spiral

At some point in my life, software stopped being an app on a CD-ROM that you bought in a cereal-sized box, and started being a web-based thing pulled up in an internet browser. At subsequent points in my life, I worked on software products – from conception to delivery – with a trusty old Software…

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Value-First Communication

Communication is one of those tricky things that we only notice when it’s done poorly. As a marketer, you know the product you’re positioning has value. But do you know how to effectively communicate that value to your customers and prospects? “Because I told you so” may work for parents, but it won’t get you…

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ROWE Your Boat

A fleet of ROWE boats where everyone contributes to the Results Oriented Work Enviornment

Most of us have worked in several environments over the course of our professional tenures. Every office is different, with individual subcultures, expectations, “vibes” and jargon. And with those differences come preferences. And with those preferences come challenges. I’m sure you have a running mental list of things you’ve loved and not-so-much loved about your…

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Why We’ve Gone Gadget Free at Meetings

Yeah, you read that right: our digital agency has gone gadget free at meetings. Take a deep breath, all ye techies, this is the best decision we’ve made since coffee, and I’ll tell you why. Let’s start with some brain science. Assuming you haven’t been living under a rock – no judgment to rock dwellers…

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48in48: A weekend working for a great cause

All the 48in48 volunteers at General Assembly

Everybody’s Working for the Weekend On October 21, a swarm of eager designers descended on General Assembly, Atlanta. Volunteers from design and development shops of all shapes and sizes had signed up to donate their weekends, and it couldn’t have been for a better cause. 48in48 was founded two years ago with the deadline-direct mission…

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Obsess Over Your Customers, Not Your Competition

customers and users

TL;DR – Your customers will be able to tell you more than your competitors ever will. Obsess over your customers – past, current and future – not your competition, and the results will speak for themselves. —  I spend a lot of time talking to clients. Most of that time is spent discussing strategy and…

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