111 - Creativity and curiosity with empathy coach Whitney Hess

Whitney and I talk about her starting out in computer sciences - and hating it - loving her writing major and how she stumbled on a course for Human Computer Interaction which lead her to her first user experience position. While the whole conversation is fantastic, I think my favourite part is the last 5 minutes where Whitney builds on how curiosity and creativity work together. 

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90 - Working between art and technology with Chelsea Klukas

Chelsea is a User Experience Designer at Amazon and leads a team of designers working on the comments and other user engagement tools of the site. But she’s also a co-founder of a fashion and technology group where fashion designers and technologists collaborate. 

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54 - Guitar Hero, User Experience and Music - Combining passions with Davidicus

"When you do something good and important, it tends to be divisive." - Davidicus UX Designer, Musician

"When you do something good and important, it tends to be divisive." - Davidicus UX Designer, Musician

This week’s episode is an interview with Davidicus. Davidicus is a UX designer (UX is user experience) and since that is what I also do for a living we have an interesting chat about that. I met Davidicus at a user experience conference in San Fransisco a few years back because a mutual friend Chad said we’d probably get along. Chad was right. 

Like most user experience designers Davidicus kind of wound up in the role and he tell about his interesting path to get there. We talk about his heavy involvement in the design and experience of the interface for the video game Guitar Hero (not Rock Band as I learn very quickly at the beginning of the interview).  

Davidicus is also a musician and we talk about how time has influenced his view towards making music. His song You Really Like Me was included in an expansion pack for Guitar Hero and during the interview I ask if I could play the song at the end of the podcast. He jokingly said that no one should seek out his music. I disagree I think it’s a great song and music is for sharing. So after we hung up for the podcast I asked him again and he agreed. So, after the podcast if you enjoyed the raucous heavy guitars and dramatics of his industrial fever dream of fame and fortune you should go tell him on twitter. You can find him on twitter https://twitter.com/xicus

Do you know someone who has many interests but can’t quite choose one to focus on? If you think they might get something out of Davidicus’ story please share this episode with them. The easiest way is to send them the short URL TheSparkAndTheArt.com/54

What was the one thing you took away from today’s episode? I’d love to hear it get me on twitter @sh_tucker

Thanks for listening and remember. You won’t get the art without the work and you won’t do the work without the spark.