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Launching “Giving Voice to Your Voice Designs”

I had the extreme pleasure of debuting my interactive workshop on voice user interface design, “Giving Voice to Your Voice Designs,” at Interaction ’17 in New York this February. Following the successful launch of this workshop, I am now accepting inquiries about teaching the course in the US or abroad. It’s an excellent choice for maker groups, local design org chapters, or design and technology conferences with workshop tracks. Upcoming Appearances I’m delighted to announce the following confirmed workshop events in 2017 – stay tuned for additional announcements coming soon. EuroIA (Stockholm, Sweden): September 30, 2017 (half-day workshop) Webdagene (Oslo,…

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UX Rants: Facebook and Notifications

First in a series of blunt UX posts deconstructing problems with everyday scenarios. This time around? Notifications in Facebook. Notification systems are near and dear to my heart; I’ve worked in some capacity on 4 different notification systems across multiple teams. Unfortunately, Facebook is getting a bit too aggressive these days… Facebook, I get it. Folks are resistant to change. We complain every time you change a font size or add a pixel to a post box. But you’ve made some changes in the past few months that are hurting my ability and desire to interact with the app in…

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Improv Life: “A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol”

This holiday season marks my fourth year of performing the role of Belle/Mrs. Cratchitt in “A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol” at Unexpected Productions. (We typically double-cast, so I have been sharing the role with Sarah Scheller since joining the cast.) With opening night just 3 days away, I’m in a reflective mood. Seattle area folks, good news: you can come and see me in A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol this season for just $15! I am in 11 performances this year… I’m in all Thanksgiving weekend shows (8:30 Friday/Saturday, 7PM Sunday) and in December I’m appearing Dec 3, 4, 8, 10, 17,…

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Improv for Roleplayers: Starting Your Journey

For the last 8 months (and counting), I’ve had the honor of improvising within the constructs of a roleplaying game live on Twitch every week on “Shadowrun: Corporate SINs” at Hyper RPG. Many of our fans see what we’re doing on the show and ask about how to get into improv themselves, hoping that it might enhance their own skills or the enjoyment they get out of live roleplaying. The good news is that you’d likely see benefits from just a few classes, as opposed to needing to study improv for years. Much of advanced improv study moves into the…

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Immediacy Lost: The NBC Olympics

In a world where Twitch and live video platforms are rapidly emerging, NBC’s Olympic coverage – often tape-delayed and difficult to track – deprived American audiences of the context they seek so hungrily. Shared, simultaneous experiences. The context a moment in time only provides once. As many Americans know, NBC once again received very unenthusiastic reviews of its Olympic coverage this year. And once again, NBC cast blame elsewhere – spinning a tale about how millenials aren’t interested in the Olympics, or that there’s too much entertainment out there competing for those eyeballs. (Rolling Stone: NBC Blames Millenials for Low…

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