Dennis Schleicher

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Recent blog posts written by Dennis Schleicher

Homemade Waffle Breakfast at State Street: Because homemade waffles are delicious

Big Thanks to Niccole Diaz  and Judy Cheske!                        

Design Anthropology: Applied Interdisciplinary Research for New Product Innovation

  Crysta Metcalf, Manager of Experiences Research at Motorola Mobility’s Applied Research Center came last Friday January 11th to the Sears State Street Offices in downtown Chicago and presented on Design Anthropology: Applied Interdisciplinary Research for New Product Innovation. Dr. Metcalf leads a cross-disciplinary team of social scientists, computer scientists and designers.  They study human […]

User Experience Design Job Shadowing

                              Andy Wasowicz participated in a job shadow with Sears user experience designers last Friday January 4th at the new State Street offices on the 13th floor in downtown Chicago. Andy is a student in the Master of Science Human-Computer Interaction […]

Design Patents

  Christopher Carani, Esq lectured on the importance of design intellectual property earlier this month at Beyond Design here in Chicago. His discussion was centered around an in-depth review of “Apple v Samsung” and how design patents took center stage in this case. Carani was very optimistic of the growing recognized value and power of […]

The Shape of Design by Frank Chimero (visual notes from discussion)

Tonight there was a lively discussion at the Chicago UX Book club. One of the great things about Chicago is the vibrant UX community. I think there were over 30 people there. The UX book club is one of those places I like to get new ideas, to get inspired, and reenergized. Below are my […]

Youth Design visiting Chicago

                    I  attended a talk at IDEA shop IIT about Youth Design (thanks Rachael Kaberon). Youth Design is a summer mentorship program that introduces inner-city high school students to careers in the design profession.  Many of the Youth Design people from Boston flew in to speak and […]

Gamification Workshop

  I am out in Fog City, San Francisco, at the Gamificatin Summit.  In the Advance Workshop Gabe Zichermann presented to a sold out audience. He is able to combine different perspectives on gamification: strategic, operational, and psychological. Highlights: Gamification, the core of a good game,  is about uncovering what is meaningful. Combining desire and […]

Chicago Innovation Awards: Past Winners Showcase: Creating and Leading a Culture of Innovation

I had a front row seat last night to listen to the past winners of the Chicago Innovation Awards. The room was packed at Red Frog Events. A great panel and good energy. Some highlights: They talked up Chicago and 1871 and the importance of environment for innovation. Harper Reed (Obama for America, former Threadless […]

GameOn Workshop – Listening to Our Customers

Much of the the best work now brings the customer into the design process. How do we bring these unusual suspects into helping create and deliver good experiences? It is through sharing stories in a studio experience. Learning how to see the world through the lens of the end-user is about listening to the stories of […]

Exquisite Corpse: Games We Play At Work

Last week at at GameOn team lunch we played Exquisite Corpse – a parlour game in which players write in turn on a sheet of paper, fold to conceal part of the picture, and pass it to the next player to continue with the picture. Here is our art!