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Quantitative vs. Qualitative Research: Which Should Come First?

Every few weeks, our team has a high-level chat about a UX topic we’re interested in at the moment. Someone poses a question on our DIG (design interest group) thread—usually about a recent challenge or something they’re learning about—and the rest of us weigh in with thoughts and questions of our own. This is a great practice for the team because it allows us to expand our collective knowledge on a regular basis. Alli started our most recent chat about qualitative and quantitative research. When should we use one approach over the other? When should we use both? And in what … Read more of the post Quantitative vs. Qualitative Research: Which Should Come First?

Presenting a Design Concept? Facilitate a Conversation Instead

Several months ago, my design lead Chris and I met early at the studio ready to start our day. We situated our workstations, spent a bit of time recapping the week, and took an assessment of what was on deck for the morning. As we reflected a bit on some of the conversations with our stakeholders, Chris spoke at length to the notion of being a facilitator versus being a presenter. As experience designers consulting for other companies and organizations, we are tasked to achieve specific goals and deliverables. As such, we are in the unique position to also foster and … Read more of the post Presenting a Design Concept? Facilitate a Conversation Instead

Build Kits: Not Just for Building Your Web Site

For as long as I can remember working with teams on the web, I’ve been a big proponent of developing style guides and code pattern libraries as part of any web project. A style guide, for those not familiar, is a deliverable created by designers to lay out the design patterns and rules for the project. The pattern library is the translation of that design language into code for the use of developers and software engineers (some folks consider code libraries to be part and parcel of “living” style guides; I agree and call out each one for clarity here). At … Read more of the post Build Kits: Not Just for Building Your Web Site

Working Remotely: An Honest Reflection, Tips, & Tools

Last August, my wife and I made an insane life decision to hit the road for the West Coast. We hit a wall where we were feeling stale in our routines back East, so we did what every other person does in that situation—a cross country drive to California with our cats in tow. Since then and along the way, I’ve been working remotely for Think Brownstone. I’ve spent 9 months away from the hive, on my own. A lone wolf you might say, or more a “Renegade”—a drifter with a purpose. I find some wifi, sign on, log those hours, … Read more of the post Working Remotely: An Honest Reflection, Tips, & Tools

Philly Tech Community: A Call To Action

Last week we hosted an event as part of Philly Tech Week called “Service in Philly: How Designers & Technologists Can Mobilize with A Mission.” It was not a talk about Think Brownstone, but about the Philly tech community—of which we are one small part. It was also admittedly a bit of a curve ball, and wasn’t so much a talk as a call to action—but it was designed to build upon the following: The Philly tech community is full of creative, passionate, highly-skilled, and talented people. Although we certainly compete at a high level for work and for talent, … Read more of the post Philly Tech Community: A Call To Action