22

Jul
Three Ways To Kill a Brainstorming Session

People love brainstorming. It’s fun, gets you great results and for most people, it’s a welcome change in their daily routine. But what if you’ve got an alter ego who hates all of that? Here are three surprisingly common ways your inner demon can kill your next brainstorming session: Method #1: Make innovation the goal. [...]

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21

Jul
Brainstorming: Three Ways To Get It Right

I love brainstorming. Permission to break free of the mundane and predictable world is one of the true joys of being creative. Done right, brainstorming reveals new territories filled with sensible yet crazy ideas that you wouldn’t have come across otherwise. The greatest thing about brainstorming is that it is one of the easiest things [...]

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14

Oct
Creative Myths : From The Creative Conspiracy

I listened to the HBR podcast episode featuring Leigh Thompson, author of Creative Conspiracy: The New Rules of Breakthrough Collaboration.  This sample chapter about “Debunking myths about creativity” is pretty interesting and relevant to what we do.  Just thought I’d share these principles: Teams are more creative than individuals. If you want to enhance creative teamwork, get rid of rules, guidelines, and [...]

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11

Oct
The Dream Scenario

You’ve got a nice inch high stack of research on your desk.  Next to it is a clearly articulated and vetted set of requirements, followed by a reasonable deliverable schedule.  At the opposite end of your desk, there’s a red phone that you can pick up and get access to anybody that you need to [...]

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27

Sep
Two Week or Two Day Testing?

There are a lot of great things happening in the user research field.  There are tons of new tools that make getting into research easier (and cheaper) and new books take a contemporary approach that makes user research feel less like a laboratory activity and more like part of a design process. When I got [...]

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18

Mar
What are your design truths?

Users scroll. The three click rule is dead. The logo means “Home”. …and the list goes on.   Whether you’ve uncovered nuggets of design insight from user research or experienced them firsthand, you probably have a handful of similar statements that you cherish as design truths.  And, the more you work, the longer the list [...]

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