April is National Poetry Month; across the country there are festivals, readings, workshops, and write-ins that celebrate the power and beauty of words. As Washington State Poet Laureate and as SVC’s Designer in Residence, I created a project to acknowledge the month, and April 26th in particular, which is also known as National Poem In Your Pocket Day.
Some of you may know me as a UX instructor at SVC, others from my past life as a senior UX manager at Microsoft, or possibly from my current gig as an interaction designer at Google, but you’ll all soon come to realize I’m just a creative problem solver trying to juggle work, life, and making it to the office without toddler-sized almond butter handprints on my shirt. Come along for the ride on a random Wednesday and see how I put all those user experience fundamental skills into practice in “real life” as I work to design simple, beautiful products that users (hopefully) love.
How many painful presentations start with needless introductions and rambling preambles? That’s a surefire way to lose your audience from the get-go, says Larry Asher, creative director at Seattle’s School of Visual Concepts (SVC). “Even if you’re not boring them, you’re announcing that this will be the same thing they’ve heard a million times.”
Spend a few minutes on Glassdoor.com and it can quickly turn into an obsession. That’s the website where job-seekers investigate job postings, companies’ cultures, and the quirks of their interviewing style.
Did you know, for example, that when trying to land a spot at Whole Foods you might be asked whether you’d rather fight one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses? As long as they’re free-range, isn’t that the important thing?