10
May

What a Big Design Lunch Looks Like

Like last year, we are catering in some great box lunches from some local eateries that the Dallas natives love. The box lunches will be placed on several different tables throughout the trade show. There should not be any long lines. During lunch, you have several options: This Lunch Option Means This Ask the Experts...
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7
May

A Prayer for Molly

Earlier this week, I attended the STC Summit in Dallas. I spoke in the Usability and User Experience track on the importance of sketching in the design process. The STC organizers did a wonderful job putting on theirconference. Molly Holzschlag of Molly.com was scheduled to give a keynote presentation, but she had to cancel at...
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5
May

What Makes Them Click, You Can Ask Susan

I am an avid reader of design books. I have read books by Jakob Nielsen, Jared Spool, Russ Unger, Ginny Redish, Donna Spencer, Nathan Shedroff, Paul Sherman, Joshua Porter, Steve Krug, and Louis Rosenfeld. While I cannot speak for all of the Big Design Conference organizers, I do know that this writer (Brian Sullivan) is...
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4
May

Got Mental Notes (You Can at #BigD10)

I know this happens all the time: You are in the middle of a super busy project and you need some inspiration or a memory jogger. You can’t see the forest because of the trees. Take a five-minute mental break, get a Starbucks, and reach for these Mental Notes by the Stephen Anderson, amigos. You...
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3
May

Books are Dead, Long Live Books!

You start to notice patterns when you organize a conference. For example, I have heard people tell me that books are dead, using the logic of e-readers (iPad, Nook, and Kindle) will replace the existing books that people read. I have seen an interesting thing happen. I have been using bitly to tweet up these...
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3
May

Mad*Pow Patio Party Details (Friday, May 28th)

On Friday night of the Big Design Conference, we have arranged a patio party sponsored by our friends at Mad*Pow (twitter: @MadPow). The location of this patio party is one of our favorite local pubs–the Thomas Avenue Beverage Company, affectionately known as TABC. As you know, TABC is just minutes away from SMU and literally...
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1
May

Panel Spotlight: Profit/Non-Profit Panel

There is a funny thing that happened on the way to the Big Design Conference…..we created a Profit/Non-Profit Panel based on some comments by Jim Carlsen-Landy. The story begins with Jim and I joking about how non-proft designers might handle a situation that we were facing at work. We both thought it would be great...
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29
Apr

Book Review: Donna Spencer’s Card Sorting

A few months back, I had lunch with some colleagues (adam Polansky and Stephen Thomas). We started our lunch with a brief chat about Donna Spencer’s Card Sorting: Designing Usable Categories. Anyway, Spencer’s book is refreshing in its step-by-step approach to card sorting. Tips and tricks are speckled in its chapter. At each step of...
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29
Apr

Speaker Spotlight: Taylor Cowan (Recognize Shapes in the Cloud)

Taylor Cowan loves to propose new applications, research specific areas of emerging technology (ex. Semantic Web, OWL), work with development teams to solve strategic problems, assist with developer communities, and co-ordinate research with vendors. Taylor is a research scientist, architect guru, and former music student. He has worked for many different companies and recently moved...
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29
Apr

Pump Up the Jams

Ok, Big Designers, you are going to hear some tunes this year, which come via our resident music lover, Keith Anderson (@suredoc). I am going to suggest that you go over to his website to visit either the School of Rock or Metal Friday Playlists. Personally, I have listened to the initial cut of Keith’s...
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27
Apr

Early Bird Winners of iPads

Swanky New iPad Here are the four winners. First winner is Meghan Rennie. Second winner is Breanna Cooke. Third winner is Mark Jaggers. Fourth winner is Shaun Scott. Come see Lara Becker, Joshua Bright, or Brian Sullivan to get your swanky new iPad. Please bring some id. Congrats from Big Design Conference.
27
Apr

Rosenfeld Media Giveaways

Yes, we know the iPads, Nook, and Kindle are somewhat the rage for readers nowadays. The funny thing is that you need great content for any book, which is what you get with any of the great books from Rosenfeld Media, which will all be on sale at the Big Design Conference at our book...
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