UIE Book Corner with Adam Churchill

Here at UIE we’ve amassed quite a library, and we’re adding to it all the time. Adam Churchill took the opportunity to interview a few of our favorite authors to dig a little deeper into the tools and techniques you can use in your day-to-day work.

Episode #5 Kevin Hoffman’s “Meeting Design for Managers, Makers, and Everyone”

July 28, 2017  ·  16 minutes

There’s a stigma surrounding meetings. They’re often seen as unproductive wastes of time. But in Kevin Hoffman’s view, meetings are actually a design problem. In his upcoming book, Meeting Design for Managers, Makers, and Everyone, Kevin lays out strategies to make meetings better for all those involved, making them gateways to success. In this podcast, Adam Churchill and Jared Spool discuss some of the highlights from Kevin’s book.

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Episode #4 Dan Brown’s “Designing Together”

August 27, 2013  ·  16 minutes

Dan believes that collaboration and conflict—that’s right, conflict—are the basis for good design. The book itself evolved from his Surviving Design Projects card game. Dan joins us for this podcast to discuss his book, and his thinking around collaboration and managing conflict.

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Episode #3 Steve Portigal’s “Interviewing Users: How to Uncover Compelling Insights”

August 23, 2013  ·  18 minutes

Steve’s book is a distillation of his years of experience conducting research with users. Somehow existing as both a handbook of sorts and as a casual conversation with one of the sharpest minds in the field, it’s a must-have for anyone thinking about the research side of things. Steve breaks down interactions with users to illustrate when, and how, to ask the right questions to uncover valuable insights.

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Episode #2 Russ Unger’s “Designing the Conversation”

May 24, 2013  ·  20 minutes

Facilitation is an important skill, whether with collocated or remote teams. It drives conversation and collaboration. The ability to facilitate well is integral when conducting participatory design activities, giving a presentation, or even giving a virtual seminar. Russ joins Adam Churchill to discuss the book and the various types of facilitation in this podcast.

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Episode #1 Margot Bloomstein’s “Content Strategy at Work”

May 10, 2013  ·  16 minutes

Here at UIE we’ve amassed quite a library, and we’re adding to it all the time. One of the more recent additions is Margot Bloomstein’s book Content Strategy at Work. The subtitle of Margot’s book is “Real-World Stories to Strengthen Every Interactive Project” and in keeping with that idea, it is chock full of case studies and practical examples. Adam Churchill catches up with Margot to discuss her book in this podcast.

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