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The Informed Life

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May 19, 2024 • 38min

Emily Campbell on The Shape of AI

Design leader Emily Campbell discusses developing a pattern language for working with AI, importance of multidisciplinary approaches, visual and interactive patterns in AI technology, conversational design evolution, and empowering individuals to engage with data.
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May 5, 2024 • 48min

Chris Aldrich on Cybernetic Communications

Chris Aldrich, a modern-day cybernetician with a diverse background, discusses cybernetics, communications, oral vs. literary cultures, Indigenous traditions, and mnemonic techniques. He explores the evolution of numerical systems, associative memory, information organization, and the importance of historical grounding for innovation in online presence.
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Apr 21, 2024 • 43min

Dave Gray on Possibilities

Dave Gray, author and founder of XPLANE, talks about moving beyond mental models to embrace new possibilities. Topics include sketching ideas, creating customers within job settings, prototyping, demonstrating expertise online, and the concept of a school focused on the art of the possible.
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Apr 7, 2024 • 32min

Nikki Anderson on Research Impact

Nikki Anderson, a user research expert, discusses the importance of research operations. Topics include navigating loneliness in research, effective communication, setting up foundations for research, empathy for stakeholders, and valuable resources for research practices.
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Mar 24, 2024 • 49min

Michael Anton Dila on Oslo for AI

Michael Anton Dila discusses his initiative, Oslo for AI, aiming to design better processes for governing artificial intelligence. Topics include his background in online learning and leadership roles in the U.S. Department of Defense, challenges of existing governance systems, and the potential for innovative financial mechanisms to alter economic incentives.
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Mar 10, 2024 • 37min

Dave Elfving on Gray Area

Designer Dave Elfving discusses Gray Area, a nonprofit fostering creativity, art, and technology. They explore hands-on learning in AI and physical computing, highlighting the inclusive educational programs and supportive environment for innovation.
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Feb 25, 2024 • 36min

Joey deVilla on Layoffs

Joey DeVilla, a tech veteran, shares his recent layoff experience and insights on handling job loss in the industry. He discusses storytelling, coding, and his accordion adventures in Toronto. The discussion also delves into destigmatizing layoffs, building resilience, networking for growth, and the importance of support during challenging times.
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Feb 11, 2024 • 34min

Elizabeth McGuane on Design by Definition

Elizabeth McGuane, UX director at Shopify and author of Design by Definition, discusses the impact of language in user experience. She explores the significance of clear communication, understanding user mental models, and designing for conceptual clarity. The importance of defining terms and the distinction between everyday language and system language in design are also discussed.
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Jan 28, 2024 • 43min

Pierluigi Dalla Rosa on Interactive Environments

Pierluigi Dalla Rosa, an interaction designer at Humane, discusses novel computer interfaces and interactive environments. They explore the Tramontana project, benefits of interactive spaces, principles for designing interactive environments, and the potential of collaborative digital information.
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Jan 14, 2024 • 43min

Nathan Shedroff on Strategy

Nathan Shedroff, entrepreneur, author, speaker, and educator talks about his new book, A Whole New Strategy, and the importance of design in strategic conversations. They discuss the misconception and lack of quality in strategic work, rethinking business strategy, and the role of designers in clarifying metrics for success. They also explore the concept of 'shift left design' and the importance of strategy as a daily practice.

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