SOLA/HACK! A Design Hackathon for Change in South LA

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” ~Alice Walker SOLA/HACK was a design hackathon I organized, hosted by General Assembly’s downtown L.A. campus. Participants included current students and alumni from General Assembly and USC. The objective of the hackathon was to apply design thinking and UX […]

UX Project Review: UXSC 2015 Designathon

Winners of the UXSC 2015 Designathon design an innovative master planner for college students On April 25th, 2015, UXSC (the student UX design group at the University of Southern California) staged a Designathon, a shorter version of hackathon tailored to user experience design. The Designathon, held at USC’s tech incubator facility The Blackstone Launchpad, was open […]

11 Scenarios of the Future of Experience Design

As a discipline, experience design is in its infancy. It is an interdisciplinary field operating with young technologies that are in flux. But experience design is also robust, built on the foundations of the scientific method of forming a hypothesis and conducting experiments to test that hypothesis. It is a field of design based inherently […]

UX Design Thinking for Transmedia

“You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.” -Albert Camus Before launching into the topic of this article, it’s necessary to lay out very clear definitions of what exactly UX and Transmedia are, as these terms get misused far too frequently. UX is short for User Experience. Broadly speaking UX design is a process for […]

Glitchography: the Aesthetics of Panoramic Malfunction

“It’s the glitches and twists, I thought, that make this universe unique and compelling. Without flaws, there would be no depth, no substance.” ~A.M. Jenkins, Reposessed These panoramic glitchographs are created entirely in-camera, some by circuit-bending the panoramic stitching software in a digital point-and-shoot camera, and some by moving a mobile phone camera in a very particular […]

The Myth of Youth in Design Innovation

“It takes a long time to become young.” ~Pablo Picasso There is a brutal culture of ageism in the tech sector and Silicon Valley, and this ageism that worships youth above all else spills over into the design sector as well. When tech giants such as Mark Zuckerberg declare that “Young people are just smarter” […]

UX Design and Social Entrepreneurship

“The human-centered focus, and the rigor and creativity required to maintain that focus over the entire course of the work, sets design thinking apart from other methods of problem solving.” ~Sarah A. Soule Design thinking has been adapted as an effective methodology not only for product design and business models but also for social entrepreneurship. […]