UX design is team work
Years ago, when the company grew larger, we had the illusion we needed a design department, a front-end department, a development department and so on. At that time, a large part of my day job existed of User-Experience Design related tasks, like writing functional specs, wire framing and prototyping. It didn’t take long to find out that this department and waterfall approach wouldn’t work anymore for us: we went Agile.
We don’t want a lot for Christmas. We don’t even wish for snow. We got everything already; the best clients, great campaigns, a christmas tree, nice colleagues and a nice computer to work on. But we do want to ask you for some tiny things we think will improve our daily work. Just a couple of ideas to make us want to get up out of bed even earlier, and make us want to sing along with Mariah Carey.
The Life and Death of Me
I’m looking through a tiny hand held slide projector at a picture my dad took of my mom back in 1975. She is sitting on a bench in the south of France. In other slides from the same box I find obvious references to the ’70s; explicit photo posing, colourful French automobiles, and plenty of moustaches. A summer trip through the South of France as my parents explain to me later.
3D Printed lunar base
With the earth getting overpopulated, natural resources drying up, the rising sea level and all the other nature disasters caused by global warming, we need to find other solutions to survive our species. How about settling in space? We might be able to start on the moon.
From Dublin to Dashboards
A jaw-dropping program with heroes like Tony Hawk, lunch at Google, dinner at Facebook, and of course: Dublin.
Practice failure, add a Gameday
One of the best talks during the Web Summit was in my opinion the talk of Dylan Richard. He was the Director for Engineering and led his team of 40 engineers (Obama for America's Technology team) to victory in 2012. His talk was about the Gameday during the Obama Campaign.
Brooklyn Beta 2013
There is no schedule or speaker announced. It takes place in an art gallery. There are many breaks between the talks. These are just some of the things that make Brooklyn Beta different from other web-conferences. But what Brooklyn Beta also does is remind us that we work in an industry full of nice, hard-working people who care about what they do. And for me it is a chance to meet almost everyone I follow on Twitter and that’s fun and scary at the same time.
Here's the news: we're opening an office in Amsterdam. In this blog post I'll explain why and how we're making the move.