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Who Decides Whether to Buy Your Product?
Who Decides Whether to Buy Your Product?
Apr 19, 2019 // 2 min read

Not all buyers are the same. In every transaction, big or small, you have an economic buyer, the person who makes the money decision, and you have the needs buyer, the person who needs their problem solved. Sometimes these buyers are the same…

Human-centered Design isn't just for digital businesses
Human-centered Design isn't just for digital businesses
Mar 22, 2019 // 3 min read

Executives in legacy businesses, particularly those who aren't digital-first, often ask me how human-centered design can help them when they aren't shipping digital products. Look no further than the retail fashion chain Zara. 

When Business Goals ≠ User Goals
When Business Goals ≠ User Goals
Mar 15, 2019 // 3 min read

Twelve years ago at a SXSW afterparty Jeremy Keith, a fellow designer, first told me about "Twitter". It was just a fledgling text message service at the time. At his encouragement, at 1:28 PM on March 10th 2007 I sent a text message to 40404 (this…

The Business Value of Design
The Business Value of Design
Mar 15, 2019 // 2 min read

Look at the last 5 years. The black line is the S&P 500. The colored lines are companies who use human-centered design and design thinking as a core product strategy. Great design process drives real results. The trick is aligning the business goals…

From Idea to Revenue as Fast as Possible
From Idea to Revenue as Fast as Possible
Mar 8, 2019 // 3 min read

You probably get ideas all the time, and a lot of ideas seem good at the time you have them. A few ideas turn out to be good, a few of those turn into products, and even fewer turn into viable businesses. The difference between the ones that make it…

4 Steps to a Human-Centered Business Model
4 Steps to a Human-Centered Business Model
Dec 6, 2017 // 7 min read

Understanding what people want and designing things that satisfy them is the most powerful way to achieve business goals. Whether you're selling products or services, you might find that traditional marketing isn't working as well as you'd hoped. No…

Empathy Maps: The Business of Putting Users First
Empathy Maps: The Business of Putting Users First
Aug 15, 2017 // 5 min read

Working in UX, we take empathy for granted. To us, it may feel like an overused buzzword, but we don’t realize that the majority of the business world hasn’t heard “empathy” within the context of a professional organization before.