Running is just one foot in front of the other, and with the appropriate training, you might be surprised what the human body can do. Our daily lives are filled with assumptions about what is and isn’t possible. As UX designers, we spend much of our days making life easier for people and reducing friction in their lives. However, is there a place for stress, struggle and suffering? Are there unintended consequences of the work we are doing? Where is the balance between comfort and stress, ease and obstacle? What is the boundary between the natural and designed world? Growth and adaptation occur only through the application of appropriate stressors on systems. Over the last several years, I’ve been running trail ultramarathons as a way to introduce stress and adaptation into my life, and to re-connect with the natural world.
In this talk, I’ll introduce you to the world of ultrarunning (any distance beyond 26.2 miles—typically 50k, 50m, 100k, and 100m+), and through stories of exhilaration and suffering, I’ll give you a taste of what it’s like to push your body beyond the limits of what you might have thought was possible.
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What is it with the word "architecting?" Ask architects what they do, and they will say that they design. Ask UX designers about the work of designing a system, and they often call it "architecting.
Like miners in the 19th-century gold rush, we designers flocked to product design and interactive media in pursuit of personal passion, career growth, and a chance to make the world a better place. Promised the opportunity to “make an impact”, we created experiences that shaped society—sometimes in small ways, sometimes on a massive scale.
Or: "Everything I needed to know about writing for software I learned in drama school. " Taking from a long career spanning butterfly milking, theater, imaginary cats, and professional music video criticism, Anna will delve into how being in the mindset (or just employing) of poets, playwrights, artists, comedians and old shoes can bring new insights into the way we engage users.
In the early 20th century, future Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis argued that “able lawyers have allowed themselves to become adjuncts of great corporations and have neglected their obligation to use their powers for the protection of the people. ” This sentiment, amplified by civil rights activism in the United States in the 1950s and 60s, evolved into Public Interest Law – a subset of legal scholarship that directs the practice and tools of law to benefit the marginalized, the vulnerable, and the underrepresented.
As humans, we are good at engaging different kinds of designs with different kinds of actions. Flexibility is in our nature.
We can be our own worst enemies. Sometimes, we get a lousy assignment as a freelancer; other times, we're just brought low by the news.
Flow is a familiar experience among designers: we become deeply engrossed in a challenging activity, losing track of time and feeling completely in tune with what we’re doing. We may even experience transcendence — a deep connection with something outside ourselves, something greater and more permanent than ourselves.
One buzzword people mention almost everyday is “culture”, as in our organization has “strong” or “creative” or even “toxic” culture. But what do people mean when they say this and does it really have to do with free lunches? Now, what if if you wanted to design the culture of your organization, how do you start? And do you need to have a fancy title to be influential? This talk will provide designers at any level with a concrete framework to define, conceptualize, and begin to design the culture of your team or organization.
Andy first came to prominence in our industry as a designer and web standards enthusiast. He was driven by a desire to improve and professionalise the industry, which is how he came to start the UKs first user experience consultancy, Clearleft.
85% of employees experience conflict at work. 25% have seen conflict result in sickness or absence.
Virtual Reality is a design Wild West where two schools of thought dominate: use traditional design that people recognize from the world of 2D, or mimic reality in three dimensions as much as possible. But is either path really the best way to go? What can we pull from the fundamentals of UX design in 2D and how can we apply them to a new world that includes a third dimension? Slides can be accessed here - https://www.