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You’ve probably heard about empathy maps and journey maps, but never discussed how they are interconnected. This is due to the fact that learning the ins and outs of User Experience consists of various specialties, the ever-expanding field of knowledge, and the endless list of buzzwords. Among these buzzwords, the ones that tend to stand out the most are design thinking, empathy maps, and journey map, alongside personas. While many people have a solid understanding of these terms, they fail to understand how they are all interconnected.

Design thinking, empathy maps, and journey maps allow you to understand the user…


One of the many pleasures of being part of tech Twitter is hearing everyone go off about the latest hype app to be released and then scrambling to try and find an invite. Two weeks ago when the Dispo Beta (David Dobrik’s photo sharing app) was launched this was my experience. Unfortunately, since I’m not a tech influencer, I had to wait a day or so until I could find someone who had an invite to spare, but once I was in…I was in.

The Hype

The initial hype and mystery surrounding the application was what made it interesting. Seeing @/bhoka post…


Research Cartoon
Research Cartoon

You’ve probably heard about empathy maps and journey maps, but never discussed how they are interconnected. This is due to the fact that learning the ins and outs of User Experience consists of various specialties, the ever-expanding field of knowledge, and the endless list of buzzwords. Among these buzzwords, the ones that tend to stand out the most are design thinking, empathy maps, and journey map, alongside personas. While many people have a solid understanding of these terms, they fail to understand how they are all interconnected.

Design thinking, empathy maps, and journey maps allow you to understand the user…


A Guide to Effective Communication and Design Leadership

Have you ever been in the middle of a conversation that was going nowhere?
Perhaps you were discussing politics with an uncle who had a little too much to drink. Maybe you were at a standup meeting, and one of your colleagues was being more combative than usual. Regardless of the scenario, you probably found yourself hitting a wall. More importantly, you might have found yourself struggling to navigate the conversation forward. If this has been your experience, then this article is for you. You’ll discover

  • Methodologies and frameworks that will help you move the conversation forward
  • Establish thorough communication…

Learning to work remotely can be challenging. Especially for designers who are subjective problem solvers, whose creativity is their greatest and scarcest resource. Because of this we tend to uncover our best solutions when collaborating with a team in an extremely humanistic way. Yet, how can we facilitate this humanistic collaboration when we aren’t even in the same room? More importantly, how can we properly substitute the social aspect of working in teams when we’re working remotely?

With these questions in mind SDXD decided to focus their April meetup, Remote Workshop: Unleashing the Full Potential of Virtual Collaboration, on helping…


Inside Iron Man’s Helmet

“With great power, comes great responsibility,” is a timeless quote that resonates with many. As new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and many more become readily accessible to the public, we as UXers must find the best way to create pleasant experiences with them.

SDXD’s March meetup, Crafting Next-Generation Experiences — Forging Impact Today AND Tomorrow, was centered around this— and it is what I’ll be covering in this article.

The event started off with an inspiring talk by Amish Desai, VP of Design & Experiences at Moonshot by PacteraEdge, and was followed…


Attendees watching the event at Blink UX.
Attendees watching the event at Blink UX.

In the ever-changing world of technology, Artificial Intelligence and Data Privacy is a topic looming over everyone’s head, right?! Or, perhaps you're a software developer who works with AI and believes that it is the future.

Regardless, San Diego Experience Design (SDXD), made sure their first event of 2020, Exploring Data Privacy and Artificial Intelligence in UX, addressed top of mind issues and provided insights on excellent UX practices to implement when dealing with these issues. The event, which was sponsored by ConveyUX, was held at Blink UX, in Downtown San Diego.


I recently considered applying for a design position with a company I highly respect. The company fascinated me, and I honestly thought I was a great fit for the position. Then I opened their online application — provided by Taleo. What happened next? I decided I no longer wanted to work for the company and closed the application immediately. Now you may be wondering what about the application that could make me reconsider applying. Had I read the job description and seen the requirements beforehand? Yes, I did. Did I see it required a cover letter and was too lazy…

Alex Stolzoff

UCSD Alumni.UI/UX Designer & Developer.User Researcher.Drummer.Published Co-Author.Avid User of Periods To Separate Terms Which I Believe Define My Identity.

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