18 Ways Doctor Who Made Me A Better Designer

Doctor Who has been with me since the very formative years of my life. Needless to say, the good Doctor has had a profound impact on my life, so I was not too surprised when I realized that most of the lessons I have learned as a designer over the …

Working Backwards: UX Design at Amazon

IDM Alumni, Matt, a user experience designer at Amazon will talk about Amazon’s ux design process, including; pre-sales/prototyping, sold work, custom work, and production/workflow. He’ll also describe their unique approach to Human Interface Guidelines and how they are manifested in the Amazon UI.

Everybody Hurts: Design for Kindness

We all want interfaces that feel human—where the content is friendly and the interactions flow right along. But being human isn’t just about being breezy. Every user who interacts with your site comes there with personal histories—with pain and problems, with past traumas or present crises. How can we take …

Success or Nap: An Introvert’s Dilemma

Open office plans, brainstorming sessions, presentations to stakeholders. The modern day work environment is made for extroverts. Studies show that louder people are perceived as smarter, more likable, and better leaders. So how does an introvert get her subdued voice heard amongst the outgoing loudmouths without having to become one …

Leading Interactive Expeditions

One approach to guiding storytelling projects through the interactive wilderness. Ed Selego and Eric Cade Schoenborn are Phenomenal Experience Agency, a Miami based experiential design studio specializing in immersive, interactive environments. Eric Cade Schoenborn is a Miami-based artist who blends technology, art and collaboration for fun and social change. His …

Helvetica: A documentary by Gary Hustwit

Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which celebrated its 50th birthday in 2007) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. The film is an exploration of urban spaces …

How to Stop Making S##t Nobody Cares About

Have you ever built something, launched it, and wondered…why isn’t anybody using it? If you had hopes of selling what you made, you might’ve invested a lot of time and money only to learn that nobody’s buying. It seems like startups and CEOs get all the glory, with piles of …

Storytelling with Data

How do I keep my audience engaged while I’m throwing huge piles of information at them? Storytelling is an art form and a science that has been practiced throughout human history. The core principles of storytelling haven’t changed, but people forget about the basic principles of character, time and setting …