27. August 2020No Comments

AI and the Art of Manipulation

From chapter 8 of “Films from the Future: The Technology and Morality of Sci-Fi Movies. ... Read the full article

16. August 2020No Comments

Why Scrum is killing your product

Why Scrum is killing your productScrum is, as Scrum.org proudly points out, the “de-facto standard for how teams deliver software”. ... Read the full article

13. August 2020No Comments

Do You Care About Privacy as Much as Your Customers Do?

Until recently, there has been little compelling reason for companies to embed privacy considerations deeply into their larger business strategies. While consumers say they care about privacy, few have placed any real value on protecting their data. ... Read the full article

13. August 2020No Comments

How UX-mature is your company?

If you’re a UX designer or a product designer like me you already now that a good user experience can lead to increased satisfaction, more loyal customers, and ultimately more revenue. Every organization has its own goals, processes, techniques, and teams with its own characteristics. ... Read the full article

21. July 2020No Comments

UX Hiring: Let’s Talk About Comparable Experience

UX leaders need an effective hiring approach to fill a position and build their team. If they take an ineffective approach, they risk pushing away highly-quality candidates, which makes it harder to fill the positions. ... Read the full article

15. July 2020No Comments

7 Leadership Lessons Men Can Learn from Women

Although there is a great deal of public interest in ensuring more women become leaders, thereby reversing their under-representation in the ranks of power, too many suggested solutions are founded on the misconception that women ought to emulate men. ... Read the full article

15. July 2020No Comments

Tools for Systems Thinkers: Systems Mapping

Systems thinking requires a shift in our perception of the world around us. In order to build a new multidimensional thinking framework, we need to discover the dynamics and interconnectedness of the systems at play. ... Read the full article

13. July 2020No Comments

Design is not about solving problems

Well, now there’s a hot take huh. But let me explain. I think one of my shortcomings when it comes to design is this: I always want to fix the problem. I want to have the perfect idea, the perfect design doc, ready to go and implement right this second. But wait... ... Read the full article

9. July 2020No Comments

Time to Kill the Take-Home Design Test

It’s happened again, another designer, another design challenge, another squandered 10 hours. Isn’t it about time we put an end to this useless time-waster? ... Read the full article

3. July 2020No Comments

Design has an empathy problem: white men can’t design for everyone

IDEO is one of the most well known and successful design consultancies in the world. But in recent days they’ve gotten pushback on Instagram for their record on diversity and the state of diversity in design in general. ... Read the full article

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Thomas Otto is a User Experience Designer in Berlin, Germany. As an experienced designer he is working on digital projects in the fields of user research, interaction design and data strategy.