I feel like an impostor

I already wrote about how I have lived and dealt with Impostor Syndrome. As with many other things in life, these feelings ebb and flow and they do come back to haunt me. There is a lot of humor in my next statement, too. I feel like an impostor presenting at a major industry conference. Yes, ...

My relationship with Impostor Syndrome

For years I didn’t try to achieve my goals. After all, if I reached for the stars, what if I failed? It’s sometimes easier to have the desire to succeed rather than take the actual chance. This left me completely unfulfilled, however. I wanted more. I knew I could make a difference and feel good ...

Getting out of our own heads

Sometimes it hits like a ton on bricks. That a-ha moment. As experience designers, we need to get out of our own heads and not forget the “bookends” factoring in both older senior citizens and the young. Demonstrating empathy of their worlds and how they use products differently from each other and from us will ...

Enhancing Our Experiences

Last week, while I was running, I was pondering the different routes I could take home. My goal was to get the most mileage I could. Both routes were probably around the same distance, so I focused on which one would enhance my experience. One was along a busy road with businesses and the other ...

“…how exactly does psychology relate to user experience?”

Johnny Holland is running a series called “What I Bring to UX From…” Yesterday, the one I wrote, “What I Bring to UX From … Psychology” was published. I would love to hear what you think of it.

The experience that comes from reading books

“I realize the whole sensory experience I associate with reading is lost when reading digitally.” Several weeks ago, I was reading a book for work on my iPad. It was the only version I had the book in. I was sitting on my patio and taking notes. However, it wasn’t satisfying for me. This led ...

Judgment vs. Observation

I wrote this post weeks ago, but needed to have it sit with me for awhile before I posted it. I have not edited it, and was not sure I was going to even post it. A few months ago, I tweeted: Observation without asking questions is dangerous…. I still hold this to be the ...

Persona Image Poster for IA Summit

I am really excited to be attending the 2011 IA Summit in Denver, Colorado later this month. I will be sharing a poster on a concept — a persona image repository. This is something I have been thinking about for some time. I have experienced frustration in finding the right image that illustrates the person ...

TEDxPhilly

On November 18, 2010, I attended my first TED conference, TEDxPhilly. While I was prepared to be blown away, I was not prepared for the level to which this would occur. Although, each and every one of the speakers helped me look at the world just a little bit differently, I would like to highlight the talks and speakers who truly resonated with me and spoke to those ideals I am passionate about.