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

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. In this interview, Josh and I talk about the current trends in digital product design, and where those trends might be heading. Jesse James Garrett: Josh, tell me a little bit about how you got to where you are and how your work has evolved in recent years. Josh Clark: My career path naturally didn’t begin with internet technology or mobile or multi-device stuff. It’s funny. I have a 14-year-old daughter, and when I was her age, the stuff that we do now didn’t even exist. Which makes me wonder, when she is my age, what new things are going to exist that don’t now. But I started out as a storyteller, which is very much still what I think I do now. I began as a journalist, as a documentary producer for public television. One of the great things about that was learning how to tell a formal linear story in dramatic terms. But then the Internet burst on the scene, and all of a sudden, there was this really accessible new form of storytelling, very democratic in terms of access, where the rules hadn’t yet been decided, they were very much evolving. So I really jumped in with both feet. I do think we are storytellers; we craft and shape and mold stories and behaviors. I think that those stories have grown especially personal as our devices...

UX Week 2014 Twitter Contest!

Hello UX Week attendees, friends, and community! We are thrilled to announce the first ever UX Week 2014 Twitter Contest! Four UX Week attendees will be selected to have dinner on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7pm with Jesse James Garrett and UX Week keynote Josh Clark of Global Moxie! You can enter by following these 3 easy steps: 1. Register for UX Week (attendees who have already registered skip this step) 2. Follow @uxweek (unless you already do!) 3. Write a Tweet mentioning which UX Week 2014 talk and/or workshop you’re excited for and mention @uxweek or use hashtag #UXweek. Be sure to post your Tweet(s) by Friday, August 15, 2014. Contest Information: Tweet as much as you want. One entry per Tweet, so the more Tweets you post the more chances you have to win! We’ll announce the four winners on Friday, August 22, 2014. Verification of UX Week registration will be required in order to win. Adaptive Path will take care of transportation to the selected restaurant. Winners will receive additional information on logistics leading up to UX Week. #UXweek...

UX Week 2014 Workshops Preview

There’s nothing like a good workshop for amping up a skill or gaining a new one. Workshops are also great opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with people who do the same kind of work or face similar challenges. That’s why UX Week workshops in particular really stand out. We carefully select topics and workshop leaders in direct response to what we see in the discipline and the problems our clients ask us to solve. In short, we look for topics and activities that will arm experience designers with what they need to be better at what they do. NEW FOR UX WEEK 2014 A big challenge at any conference is selecting the workshops to attend. Too often, two (or more!) sessions you want to sign up for are scheduled at exactly the same time! Well, for 2014 we’re doing something about that very issue. Through the magic of logistics, we’re offering each workshop twice, on different days, so there’s a lot of selection flexibility. We’re also offering a mix of half-day and full-day workshops, so you can pack in a broader range of learning opportunities. AN AWESOME LINEUP It’s a good thing the new schedule is more flexible, because this year we have an especially great lineup of workshop leaders and topics, covering everything from mobile and responsive design, prototyping, sketching, storytelling, and service design to building great teams. Here’s a sampling of what’s in the lineup: Designer, developer, author –– and now UX Week 2014 keynote speaker — Josh Clark will cover everything you need to know for effective touchscreen design in his full-day Designing for Touch...