When our CEO, Wayne Neale, isn't busy working his UX magic, you can find him jamming on lead guitar with his band Uphoria! Check out this new mini-documentary to hear him rock out to a classic Rush tune.
Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday for the Kydak Service Design Lunch & Learn. A huge shout out to the Appointment Plus team for being such great hosts for this event and to the Arizona Technology Council for helping to put this event together!
We're passionate about design and we loved sharing a little about how Service Design can play such a critical role in the success of any organization. If you would like to know more about how Service Design can benefit your company, we'd love to help (As you can see from the photo below, Wayne is waiting with open arms). We'd also love to hear more feedback about the event!
Direct download: DesignCritique113_WayneNealeInterview.mp3
Join Kydak this Saturday, September 19 at the Phoenix Mobile Festival - the biggest mobile conference in Phoenix! The conference will be held at the Infusionsoft offices in Chandler and is free to attend. The Phoenix Mobile Festival features a full day of top-notch speakers, including our very own Wayne Neale.
For more information check out the festival website or sign up to attend on their Meetup page.
Jumping back in time to 1999, CIO WebBusiness magazine wrote a feature article on the emergence of the Internet at Kodak...led by a much younger Wayne Neale! One of Wayne's observations included:
"Neale imagined a day when families across America would use the Internet to share their lives with written and voice messages and, most importantly, with pictures. With the right browser, he thought, friends could swap photos the way they swap jokes over the telephone."
How's that for a glimpse into the uncharted future of what the Internet would become?
Posted by Wayne Neale
I have used the web since 1993…yes before Mosaic (the first graphical internet browser) was developed at NCSA. I was working on a multimedia project as part of my dissertation at Virginia Tech and someone told me about http and I logged on to check it out. This is not interesting I thought, it won’t support the user experience I was developing as part of my project. Later I discovered Mosaic and had one of those holy Sh*^ moments. Some of you may remember when you didn’t have to log onto the Internet with dial up. You were “always connected” and it was fast. This also moved my computer from the office to my living room. Another moment, I thought, where the world was about to change. There have been a few others…social and mobile phones for example. I think live streaming video is another one of these moments!
There is nothing too technologically advanced about live streaming video. In fact, there have been several other live streaming apps going back 4 or more years such as Qik. So what has changed? It’s the experience! The interface to these new apps are easy to use, yes, the app is easy to download/install and its easy to logon… just use your twitter account. Its the complete user experience, and those things I just mentioned are part of it, of instantly sharing video spontaneously, or planned, with a global audience whether its a mom in her New Zealand home talking about her children, a rap group in New York city getting feedback on a new song that they were just working on, or a young gent in Belgium with the title, “ask me to do anything.” The experience is captivating, engaging, sharing, interactive, personal, global, communicative, funny and interesting all in one. And that’s just on the voyeuristic side of things! So far I have broadcasted Kydak’s quote wall about design inspiration, several conversations with people, an acoustic performance of Led Zeppelin's Rain Song and part of a comedy show I attended. This experience is also captivating. It can be serious like about work, totally casual in my kitchen showing people how to make a workout recovery smoothie or for fun like the comedian that was cracking us up. You get to watch how many people start joining the broadcast, they start commenting or asking you questions and what’s fascinating is you can ask them questions and they start responding immediately through comments. And who doesn’t like hearts? This is fundamental! It’s about the human desire for connection, for sharing and for communication. So this recent phenomenon will change how news is reported and will change the social fabric of the planet. It takes advantage of mobile technology, the social graph and soon Facebook and Google will have one! This will only get more powerful and more persuasive as it spreads. The experience is everything that the product affords but also everything humans bring to the experience and the context. But why does everyone want to know what’s in your fridge?
Photo credits: Meerkat and Periscope
If you ever wondered what UX and Rock 'N' Roll had in common (and who hasn't), you need to check out this Classic Rock intro to a very unique and thought-provoking presentation from our very own Wayne Neale!
Posted by: Wayne Neale
Originally posted on UX Magazine
Searching on LinkedIn for titles such as VP User Experience Design or VP Global Design turns up very few people with those titles and roles. There are plenty of Head of ____ and Director of ____ roles, but few vice presidents.
One reason might be the confusion over what a user experience is and where user experience starts and customer/brand experience ends. Another reason might be in understanding what UX people do and the value it provides in terms of a return on investment.
It’s astounding how much debate and disagreement there is over what user experience means, the disciplines involved, and the approaches people take who call themselves UX designers. The irony is that even for people who create clarity out of chaos and complexity, the term user experience is confusing and fails to serve the field or the people that work in it.
In the mid-nineties I defined customer/user experience as the complete chain of interactions that an end user has with the brand/company both physical and emotional. These days, people who contribute to creating and designing user experiences typically work in the areas of: user research, usability testing, interaction design, information architecture, writing, graphic and industrial design, or engineering.
So one of the first issues might be defining the "boundaries" of UX and how to organize it inside a company. Where does the role of brand marketer and product manager begin and end and how do they overlap with UX? Should UX be its own department or fit in under marketing or product management?
If I were the CEO of a company I would want a Vice President of UX to report to me and, while collaborating with other organizations, be accountable for the end-to-end customer experience, demonstrating the incremental contribution to revenue and profits.
Here I think a VP of UX could collaborate with a VP of Marketing to not only set a strategy and vision for the customer/user but to use the skills and approaches of UX to help execute the plan beyond just the product experience and into other customer touch points. The VP of UX would focus on the whole customer experience and ensure great experiences through design and design thinking across all customer touch points and organizational silos that deliver those touch points.
Another reason that VP of UX is not a common position in organizations might be that designers typically don’t speak the language of business. To me this is one of the primary roles of a VP of UX. She should connect the business to the product to the user experience. She should create spreadsheets with key performance indicators (KPIs), measure them, and report on the progress.
UX has to deliver results and demonstrate those results to get and maintain a seat at the table! And while at the table the VP of UX should deliver the results in business terms of the value of executing great user experiences. Certainly many designers focus on the goals of the business, but I think the point here is that we need to estimate, forecast, measure, and communicate in business terms to business people.
Great user experiences don’t happen by accident or with a single UX person on a team. They require hard work from a multi-disciplinary team working across functional groups with a process and set of tools in the appropriate organizational structure. Designers need leaders who can frame what they do inside companies and organize their groups to deliver great user experiences. User experience design is so fundamental and critical to business success that most companies should have a VP of UX.
So why should you hire a VP of User Experience Design? Because she can:
Photo Credit: A Refreshing Take on User Experience Design