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The Right Way to Hire a Digital Studio

September 11, 2014          

Episode Summary

In this episode of The Digital Life, we discuss the right way to hire a digital studio — from skipping the RFP to starting with a test project to making sure company culture matches up between designer and client — based on a series of blog posts by Dirk Knemeyer. We're more than three decades into the digital age, and yet companies still have difficulty finding the right fit when it comes to design providers. Why should that be the case? Join us as we share our experience in the trenches of software design, and reflect on the right way to establish the best client / consultant relationship possible.

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Why UX is a Hot Commodity and Automating Knowledge Work

September 4, 2014          

Episode Summary

In this episode of The Digital Life, we delve into the reasons that user experience has become the "it" field of the moment. Is it the desire for great design, created by companies like Apple? Is it pressure to create universal software experiences that honor and support the BYOD movement in the enterprise? Is it the app-ification of software? Or is it something else entirely?

And, for the creative class who thought their jobs were safe, we explore the (possibly) frightening topic of the automation of knowledge work. Are no industries safe from the eventual reach of the machine? And, does it matter for humans in the long term, or will the outcome be a positive one, with free time and leisure dominating our existence?

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Critiquing Infovis, Exploring Behavior Change in UX, and Celebrating BIF10

August 28, 2014          

Episode Summary

In this episode of The Digital Life, we critique CNN's sad information visualization, dig into design for behavior change as a new frontier for UX, and celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Business Innovation Factory Conference. Oh, and Dirk explains his thinking regarding the eventuality of humans turning into cyborgs.

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Data Crunching the World Cup

August 21, 2014          

Episode Summary

In this episode of The Digital Life, we launch our new weekly format, with founder Dirk Knemeyer's return to the co-host chair. We also take a little journey into the back story behind the data rich information visualization and long form feature article, "The 10 Best Nations in World Cup History: 77 Teams Over 84 Years", which is currently running on the Involution Studios Web site. The product of 200 hours of research into the World Cup soccer data, this is a comprehensive view of one of the most important sporting tournaments in the world.

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Open Source, Design, and Health

July 31, 2014          

Episode Summary

Of the many industries on which the open source ethos can have positive effect, healthcare represents one of the most significant, in terms of dollars and overall impact. From citizen science to software to research data, the open source movement is slowly seeping its way into the healthcare realm. But will it really ever have a major influence?

In this episode of The Digital Life, we chat with Dr. Jeffery Belden, the lead author of the open source project "Inspired EHRs: Designing for Clinicians", an illustrated e-book of design patterns for electronic health records, sponsored by the California Healthcare Foundation and the ONC.