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User Experience Design | UX design is the most important selfless discipline of our generation. It is a mind-set shift not a skill-set.

Creativity may come easy, but creation is hard

Behind every great advancement, in every industry, there is a creative mind.

Creativity may come easy, but creation is hard.

The late nights spent trying, and failing, and trying again.

All the while, holding onto our vision.
Pushing what we see in our mind’s eye into the world.

But our brilliance is being held captive by forces around us and within us.

Middle men who play us down while marking us up.
Not giving us credit. Getting us to work for free.

And worse, we get in the way of our own success.
We rely on chance encounters. We’re disorganized and isolated, liable to go unnoticed.

We can do better.

When creative minds come together, the sum exceeds all expectations.
We connect, we learn, we critique, and we prosper.

It’s not about money or fame, it’s about doing what we love.

It’s about creating our greatest work on our own terms.
It’s about realizing that creativity is not just an opportunity – it’s a responsibility.

Here’s to unleashing our full potential.
For us, and for the world that awaits what we will do next; Take creative control.

Tony Schwartz: The Myths of the Overworked Creative

About this presentation

Time is finite, but we act as if it were otherwise, assuming that longer hours always lead to increased productivity. But in reality our bodies are designed to pulse and pause – to expend energy and then renew it. In this revelatory talk, energy expert Tony Schwartz debunks common productivity myths and shows us how to regain control over our energy so we can produce great work.

About Tony Schwartz @tonyschwartz

Tony Schwartz is founder and CEO of The Energy Project, a company that helps individuals and organizations fuel energy, engagement, focus, and productivity by drawing on the science of high performance. Tony has written four bestselling books, including The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working, published in 2010, and The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy Not Time, co-authored with Jim Loehr.


Tony Fadell: On Setting Constraints, Ignoring Experts & Embracing Self-Doubt

About this presentation

From the iPod and the iPhone to the Nest Learning Thermostat, Tony Fadell’s incredible creations have disrupted industries, introduced beautifully designed solutions, and changed the way we live. Which is why we selected him as the inaugural winner of the ALVA Award, a new prize presented by Behance in partnership with GE to recognize remarkable serial inventors.

About Tony Fadell

Tony Fadell is the founder and CEO of Nest Labs, Inc., the company that developed the Nest Learning Thermostat. The Nest Learning Thermostat learns about you and your home to automatically turn itself down when you’re away and guides you to energy-efficient temperatures when you are home. Nest has been dubbed the “iPhone of thermostats” by Wired, and the New York Times describes it as “gorgeous, elegant and very, very smart.”

Teresa Amabile | Track Your Small Wins to Motivate Big Accomplishments

About this presentation

It turns out that taking just five minutes a day to document your work progress and feelings can have a powerful impact. After analyzing over 238 diaries from happy workers, Teresa Amabile shares key takeaways for staying motivated at work, including the importance of measuring progress, documenting challenges, and taking time to reflect.

About Teresa Amabile

Teresa Amabile is a professor and director of research at Harvard Business School, and coauthor of The Progress Principle. A psychologist, Teresa studies how everyday work life can influence people and their performance. Her research encompasses creativity, productivity, innovation, and inner work life — the confluence of emotions, perceptions, and motivation that people experience as they react to events at work.

Based on research into nearly 12,000 daily diary entries from over 200 professionals inside organizations, The Progress Principle illuminates how everyday events at work can impact employee well-being and performance. Published in 2011 by Harvard Business Review Press, the book is co-authored with Amabile’s husband and collaborator, Steven Kramer, Ph.D.

Leah Buley | Being a UX Team of One

Forget Strategies & Roadmaps: An 18-Month Plan for World Domination

Jesse James Garrett – The Future of the Web Browser

UX Week 2008 | Jesse James Garrett | The Future of the Web Browser from Adaptive Path on Vimeo.

Jesse James Garrett provides an inside look at Aurora, a design concept for the future of the web browser created by Adaptive Path in conjunction with Mozilla Labs. Learn about the technology trends that will shape the future web, discover the challenges of designing a future product, and go behind the scenes at the creation of the Aurora concept video.

UX Week 2010 | Dave Gray