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How Autism can Influence Design: In conversation with Steve Silberman

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Steve Silberman’s book, NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently, won Britain’s prestigious Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction writing last year.

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A Playbook for Improving Customer Journeys

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It feels great to see and map the experiences that customers have; you suddenly have a handle on what’s really happening from their perspective. But you’ve also set yourself up for something much harder—improving that customer journey you now see.

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Jedi Principles of UI Animation

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Why, when, and how to use animation in your UI, what UX Choreography is, and what all of this has to do with Star Wars. I used be a print designer, then web designer, then UI designer. Now I’m becoming a UX choreographer—great title to put on a resume. So here’s how that happened :  I can’t code.

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So What is a UX Manager Now?

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Four years ago I strove to answer ‘ Just What is a UX Manager? ’ But times have changed and so has the role. So ahead of this year’s MX Conference , let’s talk about the role today. Yes, there’s plenty who have the title , but UX Manager isn’t always a discrete title or clear role.

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Designing outside your comfort zone

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“Trust the process!”. That’s what we tell ourselves because as designers we often rely on tried and tested tools, methods and standards to help us arrive at a solution that should work.

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Figuring Out Content Strategy

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The biggest change in my understanding of design after joining Capital One, by far, is how I understand the importance and nature of content strategy in my design work.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Managing Designers

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Are there common personality traits among designers that should shape the way they’re managed? Design managers naturally think about what they need from their team, but Bob Baxley , a design executive in Silicon Valley, believes it’s more interesting to consider what designers need from their manager in order to thrive.

The Great Convergence

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This is a photo from the Hubble Space Telescope of two galaxies, NGC 2207 on the left, and IC 2163 on the right. They’re about 80 million light-years from here. And if it looks like they’re running into each other, that’s because they are.

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Un-Sucking the Touchpoint

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A while back I was speaking at a conference and I described the role the touchpoint played in helping make sense of a cross-channel service. After the talk, perusing the backchannel for the good, the bad, and the ugly on my talk, I came across this tweet….

Five Ways People Adopt And Love Change

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Oh dear Lord. The new experience. You’ve spent months redesigning it and now you’re in the homestretch.

How to Design Experiences the Adaptive Path Way! (Or Not.)

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It’s a conversation I’ve had many times with fellow designers over the years. THEM : Hey, Adaptive Path! We use your (insert name of tool or method here) all the time! ME : That’s great!

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Our Guide to Experience Mapping

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We’ve been doing experience mapping in our practice for several years now. Customers are increasingly choosing products and services based on the quality of the experiences they have with them. These experiences often break down when they span multiple channels.

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Our Guide to Experience Mapping

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We've been doing experience mapping in our practice for several years now. Customers are increasingly choosing products and services based on the quality of the experiences they have with them. These experiences often break down when they span multiple channels.

A New Language for Movement

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Last week Adaptive Path brought together designers from IDEO, Adaptive Path, IDEO.org, Rackspace, Granular, Capital One, Samsung, SAP Labs, Narrative, TechSoup, and Chase for what was probably the weirdest workshop we’ve ever done: Laban Movement for Design.

Making it Real

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As a result of software eating the world , physical products and environments are smart and connected.

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UX Week 2014 Keynote Josh Clark on the Future of Digital Product Design

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Josh Clark’s particular mix of practical realism and thoughtful reflection is an ideal match for UX Week. Josh is the author of the book Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps, and frequently gives workshops and talks at conferences around the world.

Extending Pixar’s Rules of Storytelling to Experience Design

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Pixar is a creative organization we often draw inspiration from. Aerogramme Writers’ Studio recently captured a list of Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling , a list originally tweeted by Emma Coats , Pixar’s Story Artist. It's a really nice list.

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It’s not a company. It’s an idea.

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A couple years ago, we took a step back to indulge ourselves in a navel-gazing exercise to consider what Adaptive Path was and what it should do. What emerged was an intoxicating notion: Adaptive Path wasn’t just a company; it was an idea.

A Reading List That (Actually) Gets Read

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Books can be like New Years’ Resolutions. You have great ambitions to get to them or through them, but eventually what gets read are the ones that were super enjoyable or really, really important for you to read.

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UX Week Keynote Speaker Denise Jacobs on Making Creativity Happen

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Denise Jacobs calls herself a “creativity evangelist”, helping people cultivate the tools and skills necessary for leading a creative life.

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Telling Stories: Mapping the Patient Experience at John Muir Health

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Oral storytelling is a universal human trait. Its inception can be linked to the beginning of the human language; it has preserved the traditions of civilizations and traverses religious differences, political views, socio-economic backgrounds, education, and gender.

Designing for Bright Spots

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Wall Mural by Brendan Murphy. The Magic of Family House.

Designing For Emerging Technologies

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Adaptive Path’s Scott Sullivan is a contributing author of Designing for Emerging Technologies published by O’Reilly Media and released today.

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A Design Approach to Human Flourishing

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Anna Pohlmeyer is assistant professor in the Department of Industrial Design at TU Delft where she also co-chairs the Delft Institute of Positive Design, a research institute devoted to the study of design for human flourishing.

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Just What is a UX Manager?

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Earlier this week, I wrote quick blog post , calling out seven lessons for UX managers from this year’s MX conference. Then on Twitter, Livia Labate, who leads the experience design practice for Marriott International asked, “Dear @AdaptivePath, what is a UX Manager?”

Community Service by Design

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In my early twenties, I lived in a substance-induced haze until a tragic overdose and death of a close friend started to clear my fog. As I processed the loss, I began to feel as though I could be next. That paranoia hung over me for years.

For Creative Leaders, an Engaged Team is No Longer Enough

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Alla Zollers is a leadership coach and organizational designer. She will be speaking and leading a workshop at this year’s Managing Experience Conference , March 29-30 in San Francisco. Register for MX16 here. I know that 68% of people are not engaged at work.¹. I believe that engagement at work is table stakes. I want people to go way beyond engagement to full-on participation. Participation is really what creative leaders are looking for from their team.

Transforming the Nighttime Experience for Homeless Children, One Tote Bag at a Time

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Homelessness is a condition that affects 1.5 million people in the United States each year. If you had to describe a homeless person what would you say?

Your Services Affect Your Service

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I recently moved into a new house and was contemplating going with satellite television, instead of traditional cable. I had never had this service, so I sought recommendations from my coworkers and my social networks about two satellite TV service providers.

Serving Experience As The Product

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From shopping for your first home to seeing a doctor, the experience matters. But often we completely fail to grasp the degree to which it matters. Take the simple example of a greeting card.

Ten Weeks, Ten Ideas: Internship Edition

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Last December we started searching for interns hungry to get a taste of life in a design firm.

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Capital One’s AdaptivePath.org Year In Review

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“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Jane Goodall. During the earliest day of dot-org, I borrowed this quote to succinctly express what I hoped dot-org would become in the world. This past year, we’ve made strides to clarify what and how we operate. We started the year working with Glide to pilot a new service, Glide Goods.

The Anatomy of an Experience Map

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Experience maps have been becoming more prominent over the past few years. Largely because companies are realizing the interconnectedness of the cross-channel experience, and it's becoming increasingly useful to gain insight in order to orchestrate service touchpoints over time and space.

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Birgit Mager and the Evolution of Service Design

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Birgit Mager has watched service design evolve since the mid-nineties, and has been hugely influential in its development. She holds the first service design professorship at the University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, Germany, is the President and Co-Founder of the International Service Design Network , and Editor-in-Chief of Touchpoint , the International Journal of Service Design.

Grand Unified Theory of Service Design, Systems Design, and Organization Design

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Jeff Sussna is an internationally-recognized systems thinker and IT expert, combining engineering expertise with an ability to bridge business, creative, and technical perspectives. He is Founder and Principal of Ingineering.IT, and will be speaking and leading a workshop at this year’s Managing Experience Conference in San Francisco, March 29–30. I sat down with Jeff to pick his brain on putting the ‘service design’ in software-as-a-service.

Meet The UX Week 2015 Keynotes

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Every year, we try to come up with keynote talks for UX Week that hit the sweet spot between unique points of view and practical insights that we can all learn from. We’re excited about these three keynotes we’ll be seeing at UX Week 2015 , and we think you’ll be too!

New Ways of Visualizing the Customer Journey Map

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[Credit: Evan Litvak
] Evan chose to represent his journey as a circular graphic instead of the more common linear or chart structure. As the field of service design evolves so do the tools. At Adaptive Path we often find ourselves debating the form and definition of service design artifacts.

Mark Jones on the Pros and Cons of External Service Design Consultancies vs. In-house Teams

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More and more companies are exploring service design with external consultancies or by building in-house teams. In the past couple years, as we’ve seen many design firms (including Adaptive Path) get acquired by large companies, it feels especially timely to reflect on the different advantages of internal versus external design groups and the types of work each is best suited for.

Our New Head of Service Design: On the state of the industry, its value, and why Capital One

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Hey, there’s someone we’d like you to meet. It’s Kendra Shimmell, who we’re excited to introduce as the new head of the Service Design practice for Adaptive Path at Capital One. Kendra comes to us via the venerable Cooper design team, but prior to that was a part of Adaptive Path , which makes for a good kind of déjà vu. Beyond being a service design leader, she’s a speaker, an educator, and a dancer.

Service Design Soft Skill Builder: Empathy

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We, the design community, talk (and write and speak) a lot about empathy. 1 We lament the empathy deficit in our companies and clients and cry “something must be done about this.”

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