Tag sketching

Mini Review of Pencil by 53

Today I received Pencil by 53. It’s incredibly comfortable to sketch with. Compared to the 10 other styluses I’ve used this one has the best feel.

Pencil by 53
The Pencil feels great in the hand!

My Session Notes from Chicago Web Conf 2012

Badge & Schedule for Chicago Web Conf 2012

Today I attended the second year of the Chicago Web Conf at 1871. These folks threw a great conference and really elevated the whole conference. The folks running the event video recorded the presentations so hopefully they’ll get those up soon. In the meantime I thought I shared some of the rough notes I took with some of the links I was able to round up.

Process Flexibility

Thinking that process is a silver bullet that can fix everything is sort of like early economic theories that presumed that accurate predictions of markets can be made without incorporating human behavior. You need to factor in the people and the business culture using the process. Many, if not most software businesses are conducted in a waterfall way even though the product they are making may be built using an agile process. The power of agile as well as the meaning of the word implies flexibility, which is why switching an IT department to an agile process alone doesn’t make for a successful software product. For the business to optimize it’s success it needs to listen to the feedback and adapt it’s products, goals and sometimes even budgets.

IxDA Chicago: The Lo-Fi Design Workshop

The IxDA Chicago recently (05/18/11) held a meeting about Lo-Fi design processes. The meeting was facilitated and graciously hosted by the design agency gravityTank. The topic was broken into three main ideas: sketching, storyboarding experience and video prototyping experience.