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  • Design Talk 49. Design-led startup; Gil Kahana, co-founder & CEO, ChattyFeet
    Design Talk 49. Design-led startup; Gil Kahana, co-founder & CEO, ChattyFeet
    Gil Kahana is one of a growing number of designers launching their own start-ups. He shares the story with MEX founder Marek Pawlowski, tracing the arc from falling in love with user-centred design at the BBC in the mid-2000s to working agency-side for clients in a wide range of industries. Gil goes on to explain how he has tried to embed user-centricity in his product company, ChattyFeet, and hopes to scale the customer-led approach as his business expands – bringing a little fun to people’s lives along the way. Get in touch with feedback and questions @mexfeed on Twitter or email designtalk@mobileuserexperience.com. Listen via Apple Podcasts Soundcloud Stitcher TuneIn Or search ‘MEX Design Talk’ in your favourite podcast player On this edition Marek Pawlowski, podcast host & founder, MEX (@marekpawlowski) Gil Kahana, co-founder & CEO, ChattyFeet (@gilkahana) Links Our next MEX dining club is in London on 21st June 2018. Get in touch if you’d like an invite – it’s a relaxed dinner talking about experience design with fellow pioneers. ‘The Space Between Us‘, Gil’s university project, was a motion tracking installation aimed at inspiring interaction between people. Lunch Box Revolution, the book by Gil Kahana and Michiko Nitta The original ChattyFeet Kickstarter ChattyFeet 37signals, one of Gil’s inspirations. There’s also a MEX podcast episode where we talk about using Basecamp, one of 37signal’s spin-offs, for the MEX inspirations project. Other MEX podcast episodes on the theme of designers as entrepreneurs include: 48 Sofia Svanteson, 45 Eric Kim, and 31 Craig Bryant. Have a listen and enjoy!...

  • Design Talk 48. Sofia Svanteson, co-founder & CEO, Elsa Science; founder & chairman, Ocean; Health by design
    These patients experience pain constantly. We want Elsa to support behaviour change so that medication has a greater effect...but it?s more than that, we want the tool to cherish them, so that they don't feel so alone. Sofia Svanteson, co-founder & CEO, Elsa Science; founder & chairman, Ocean Episode 48, MEX Design Talk podcast
    Sofia Svanteson shares how founding and growing her own design agency has helped to shape Elsa, her new life sciences venture which aims to support rheumatoid patients in achieving meaningful self-care. She talks to MEX founder Marek Pawlowski about cultural influences on the early interface design projects which helped establish her agency, Ocean Observations, as one of the pioneers of digital experience design and looks ahead to the challenges in turning data into meaning in healthcare applications. Get in touch with feedback and questions @mexfeed on Twitter or email designtalk@mobileuserexperience.com. Listen via Apple Podcasts Soundcloud Stitcher TuneIn Or search ‘MEX Design Talk’ in your favourite podcast player On this edition Marek Pawlowski, co-host & founder of MEX (@marekpawlowski) Sofia Svanteson, co-founder & CEO, Elsa Science; founder and chairman, Ocean Observations (@sofiasvanteson) Links MEX Jobs Board – who’s hiring in UX, digital and design? MEX Hidden Talents is an experimental service where you can share your dream job description – anonymously –  and invite prospective employers to get in touch with job offers. We’ve already started connecting our first ‘hidden talents’ – if you’d like to find out more, contact Marek Pawlowski in confidence. Our next MEX dining club is in London on 21st June 2018. Get in touch if you’d like an invite – it’s a relaxed dinner talking about experience design with fellow pioneers. KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, where Sofia studied PMN’s original 2003 article on Ocean’s work with Samsung Sofia’s 2003 article for PMN on mobile user experience design, including discussion...

  • Design Talk 47. Innovating fast and big; Massimo Mercuri, Director of Digital Innovation, AkzoNobel
    "If you want creativity, you need diversity to the extreme?" Massimo Mercuri, Director of Digital Innovation, AkzoNobel Episode 47, MEX Design Talk podcast
    What does innovation look like at a 300 year old paint and materials company with 40,000 employees? Massimo Mercuri, Director of Digital Innovation at AkzoNobel, sits down for a chat with MEX founder Marek Pawlowski, exploring everything from creative workshop methods to cutting edge experiments with wearables, biometrics and performance analysis on the high seas. Crucially, they talk about how to keep forward thinking activities grounded in the reality of customers’ lives and the role of diverse teams in making it all happen – fast and at scale. Get in touch with feedback and questions @mexfeed on Twitter or email designtalk@mobileuserexperience.com. Listen via Apple Podcasts Soundcloud Stitcher TuneIn Or search ‘MEX Design Talk’ in your favourite podcast player On this edition Marek Pawlowski, co-host & founder of MEX (@marekpawlowski) Massimo Mercuri, Director of Digital Innovation, AkzoNobel (@MassimoMercuri) Links MEX Jobs Board – who’s hiring in UX, digital and design? Our next MEX dining club is in London on 21st June 2018. Get in touch if you’d like an invite – it’s a relaxed dinner talking about experience design with fellow pioneers. SCImPULSE, Massimo’s non-profit foundation VPL Research John Lasseter, Pixar Wearables from Team AkzoNobel in the Volvo Ocean Race SAP Leonardo AkzoNobel Visualizer app Patrizia Bertini Lego Serious Play Marek?s essay on participating in a Lego Serious Play session for the first time Video of Patrizia’s MEX session, where she runs a Lego Serious Play workshop and explains the method Episode 1 of the MEX podcast, an interview with Patrizia Bertini About MEX Design...

  • Design Talk 46. Life of a design agency; Warren Hutchison, Founder, Else London
    Ultimately we?re selling clients our culture, our creativity and an aptitude for being a guest in *their* culture while they go through a period of change. Warren Hutchison, Founder, Else London Episode 46, MEX Design Talk podcast
    Warren Hutchison, founder of London-based agency Else, talks to Marek Pawlowski about what it means to create, grow and nurture your own design studio. The conversation ranges from Warren’s early forays into digital design in the mid-90s to working client-side for the likes of Universal Music and Yell.com. Marek and Warren get deep into the importance of attracting and retaining talented designers, the M&A landscape as design agencies are acquired by big professional services firms and how Mick Jagger can make an ideal anchor client when you’re founding a design business. Get in touch with feedback and questions @mexfeed on Twitter or email designtalk@mobileuserexperience.com. Listen via Apple Podcasts Soundcloud Stitcher TuneIn Or search ‘MEX Design Talk’ in your favourite podcast player On this edition Marek Pawlowski, co-host & founder of MEX (@marekpawlowski) Warren Hutchison, Experience Design Director & Founder, Else (@Snowbadger) Links MEX Jobs Board – who’s hiring in UX, digital and design? Our next MEX dining club is in London on 25th April 2018. Get in touch if you’d like an invite – it’s a relaxed dinner talking about experience design with fellow pioneers. Mosaic browser, mentioned by Warren as an example of the 1990s web design environment when he was at university. Textpad, mentioned by Warren as an early tool for digital design work. Sun Microsystems workstations, mentioned by Warren as the computing platform for design work during his time at Brunel in the 1990s. Brunel Product Design MSc, Warren?s university course. Bauhaus Theory, mentioned by Warren as an underpinning principle of...

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    Keep talking, I say. Hosting the MEX podcast gives me an opportunity for in-depth conversations with diverse practitioners from all over the world. Sometimes I know my guests already, but in the 45 episodes we’ve recorded, I’ve never failed to be surprised by the stories of careers, design challenges and inspirations which emerge from an hour or so of discussion. It’s been a little while since my last newsletter and in that time I’ve recorded conversations with two design pioneers who epitomise this spirit of wide ranging interests and deep experience of user-centred practices. My chat with Eric Kim, co-founder and now VP of Design at Modo Labs, started with a look back at the varied routes into digital experience design for those whose careers began before the advent of ‘UX’ as a defined specialism. In Eric’s case, his path began was an interest in architecture and a degree in ‘visual and environmental studies’. He described how, even before he began focusing on digital, this training grounded him in user-centred design values: “My professors admonished constantly that ‘you don’t know if a design works until you put a human being into it’ – whether in a drawing or a scale figure in a model – and you think about how people will inhabit that space.” These days, of course, the human experience is significantly influenced by inhabiting virtual as much as physical spaces, but that ability to empathise with the varied relationships users might have with a space is as...


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