2014: Tell Me a Story: How Storytelling Methods Help Create Better Products and Experiences

  • DIY Storytelling With Video
    Julie Yamamoto
    January 8, 2014
    January 8, 2014 - To kick off this year’s series on storytelling, we’ll try on a few constructs for size. In this discussion, we will review a variety of ways to structure narratives, from the common to the complex, paired with examples from our current digital environment. Attendees will have the opportunity to survey different forms of storytelling and […]
  • Persona Stories
    Whitney Quesenbery
    February 5, 2014
    January 8, 2014 - Stories have power to add empathy and connection to our work. They can help us learn about people, culture, and context—why, when, and how our products might be used—and share this with a design team. Stories permeate UX techniques from user stories to storyboards. They come to full power when used with personas: the persona […]
  • Show, Don’t Tell
    Mike Lonergan
    March 5, 2014
    January 8, 2014 - Comics are a collaborative storytelling effort—many talented individuals contribute to the success or failure of each comic book, much as a good design team leverages complementary talents in delivering a stunning product.  When their talents are combined, the writer (information architect) and artists (visual designers) attract attention and deliver the mood and flow (interaction design) […]
  • A Genealogy of Socio-Technical Anxieties
    Dr. Genevieve Bell
    April 2, 2014
    January 8, 2014 - The introductions of new technologies are rarely seamless and silent affairs. There are the inevitable boosters and utopian dreamers who will tell us and sell us on the notion that this new technology will change our lives, in both big and small ways: we will be cleaner, safer, happier, more efficient, more productive, and of […]
  • Speaking the Language of Meta-Principles
    Deborah Levinson
    May 7, 2014
    January 8, 2014 - When designing or redesigning an application, Nimble Partners focuses on three core principles: consistency, hierarchy, and personality. We can think of these principles as if they’re part of a language. Consistency and hierarchy are the grammar people learn while using an application: the basic elements that define how a language is spoken. The “words” we […]
  • Epic FAIL
    Steve Portigal
    June 4, 2014
    January 8, 2014 - After nearly two years in gathering War Stories about the unusual, comic, tragic and otherwise astonishing things that happen in fieldwork, Portigal Consulting has amassed a compelling archive about the user research experience. While it’s common for the members of any group to share stories of their adventures, the user research community hasn’t supported this […]
  • Give Dimensions, a Face, and a Beating Heart to Projects Through Storytelling
    Leah Noble Davidson
    July 9, 2014
    January 8, 2014 - Since qualitative research, or market research, can largely be spit out by a computer, we’ll take a look at how one can move beyond big data and do what a computer cannot do—go inside the head of a person and learn about their motivations and goals. Humanity’s experience is constantly shifting and so is the […]
  • Annual Bowling Party January 8, 2014 - Come join us for the eighth annual CHI-Bowl and enjoy some indoor sports. Dig out your bowling shirt and come bowl a few games, or just hang out and socialize with your friends and colleagues. Families are welcome, too! And very special prizes will be awarded. You need not bowl to win!
  • Lost But Not Forgotten
    Ned Thanhouser
    September 10, 2014
    January 8, 2014 - Film history has forgotten the pioneering productions created by the Thanhouser studio that operated in New Rochelle, New York during the birth of cinema in America. From 1910 to 1917 the Thanhouser studio produced and released more than 1,000 films, of which some 220 have survived. Reconstructing the history of his grandfather’s studio and the […]
  • Art of Articulation
    Lee Fain
    October 8, 2014
    January 8, 2014 - Products, services and technology have a political gauntlet to conquer before they make their first appearance in the marketplace. Often the first line of defense in a corporate environment is the internal audience and invested key stakeholders. Developing the solution is not enough. How you communicate the idea is just as important as the solution […]


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