1. UX Week 2008 kicks off with an on-stage conversation between Peter Merholz, president and founder of Adaptive Path, and Don Norman, industry legend. Don wrote the founding text on user-centered design, entitled The Design of Everyday Things, and also coined the term "user experience" while at Apple in the early 1990s. Don and Peter will discuss the evolution of user experience – from its early beginnings to its developing future.

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  2. Interaction Designer and Author of Designing for Interaction and Designing Gestural Interfaces.

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  4. Interaction design research activities produce an enormous quantity of raw data, which must be systematically and rigorously analyzed in order to extract meaning and insight. Unfortunately, these methods of analysis are poorly documented and rarely taught, and because of the pragmatic time constraints associated with shipping products, there is often no time dedicated in a project to a practice of formal synthesis. As a result, raw design research data is inappropriately positioned as insight, and the value of research activities is marginalized – in fact, stakeholders may lose faith in the entire research practice, as they don’t see direct return on the investment of research activities.
    Interaction design synthesis methods can be taught, and when selectively applied, visual, diagrammatic synthesis techniques can be completed relatively quickly. This talk will introduce various methods of Synthesis as ways to translate research into meaningful insights. Attendees will learn about how to manage the complexity of gathered data, and will learn how to elicit hidden meaning in gathered data.

    Jon Kolko is a Senior Design Analyst at frog design in Austin, Texas. His professional work deals with the manipulation of complicated business and technological constraints in order to best solve the problems of Fortune 500 clients. The work spans the boundaries of Information Architecture, Interaction Design, and Usability Engineering; the common underlying theme of these problems and projects is the creation of a solution that is useful, usable, and desirable. Kolko is the author of the text Thoughts on Interaction Design; he is also the 2008-2011 Editor-in-Chief of Interactions Magazine, published by the ACM.

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  5. The Five Most Dangerous Ideas – Scott Berkun, Author, Confessions of a Public Speaker

    There are truths about how the world works that creatives don’t like to talk about. We get angry and frustrated when we’re not granted the power we think we deserve, but there are often good reasons the world works ‘against us.’ In this 60-minute video, captured live at An Event Apart Boston 2012, Scott Berkun takes these ideas head on, from how power truly works, to our unavoidable dependence on salesmanship skills, so we can convert them from frustrations into practical behaviors for empowerment and achieving our dreams at work.

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