Category: UX

  • Some Notes from Mentoring in 2021

    Some Notes from Mentoring in 2021

    In 2021 I joined the ADPList’s community of mentors and I’ve had the privilege to meet with more than 60 folks through that platform. I was pleasantly surprised that my efforts there would lead to me being named a “Top 10 Mentor in North America” by the ADPList community. By the Numbers I estimate that…

  • On Mentoring

    On Mentoring

    This is a note of gratitude about an unexpected development in my career outside of academia and I share it with you in the hopes it builds your optimism about your career outside of academia. As I was transitioning out of academia and into anything else I was worried I’d lose one of the dimensions…

  • Philosophy, UX Research, Everything

    Philosophy, UX Research, Everything

    The impressive folks at UX Wizards invited me to join them on their podcast. You can listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, or visit the podcast site. I had a really lovely time talking with them about a range of topics from how my training in Philosophy has been valuable for my UX work,…

  • Transitioning from Academia to User Research

    Transitioning from Academia to User Research

    It was a real pleasure to join the User Research Atlanta Meetup group earlier this week to talk about the experiences of some folks I know who’ve made the move from academia into UX.

  • Reflecting on a Terrible Year & Giving Thanks

    Reflecting on a Terrible Year & Giving Thanks

    By a number of measurements 2020 has been a terrible year, and so I am almost embarrassed to say that it’s actually been a very good year for me and my family. I am really grateful for the year we’ve had. A Year of Service As the Federal and State responses to the Covid-19 pandemic…

  • UX Careers & Kungfu [Video]

    UX Careers & Kungfu [Video]

    Earlier this year I posted a bunch of words that I used as part of my talk at the UX Hustle Summit. Now you can enjoy the dulcet tones of my voice and video of my Covid grief beard. My sincere thanks to Abriel Shipley and the organizers of the UX Hustle Summit this year!

  • UX Research Is an Aesthetic Activity

    UX Research Is an Aesthetic Activity

    What I’m thinking is that the UX Researcher plays the role of sensory organ for the larger organism that is the organization.

  • Confucian Philosophy for UX

    Confucian Philosophy for UX

    Reconceptualizing my career is something that my Confucian training enables because, fundamentally, a career is a matter of kungfu mastery.

  • For PhDs Seeking Jobs Outside Academia

    For PhDs Seeking Jobs Outside Academia

    With a new year and the new decade I am thrilled to be starting a new career with a new job in a new company, in a new industry. Below are some of the insights I gained from my job search. Although this is written with PhDs in mind, I think that much of what…

  • Ars Contexualis and UX

    Ars Contexualis and UX

    Ambiguity kills everything in User Experience (UX) design and research. And yet, the field itself is perplexingly ambiguous, “With the lack of consistency and simplicity in how we define UX, we’ve stripped it of its meaning and, more importantly, reduced the job to a mere buzzword,” as Yazin Akkawi states. For example, what is the…