Since 1994, Dan’s focused on digital product discovery and definition, user research, information architecture, content strategy and interaction design for content-heavy sites, complex web applications, and digital products. He’s worked on teams large and small to perfect collaboration and productivity.
In 2006, Dan Brown co-founded EightShapes, a design firm based in Washington, DC. EightShapes designs digital products and systematizes design standards for Fortune 500 clients. Most recently, Dan has conducted user research for a major networking provider, prepared user profiles for an online media company, and lead the design of a web-based responsive dashboard for a software company.
Dan’s two books, Communicating Design and Designing Together, deal with communications and collaboration on design teams, and are widely considered to be essential reading for UX designers. UX teams all over the world have played his game Surviving Design Projects, to improve their conflict management skills. His newest book, Practical Design Discovery, was published by A Book Apart in Spring 2016.
IA Summit 2016
Topic(s): design principles, techniques, and tools
Through Discovery, you define your project. Whether you call it strategy, requirements, research, or inception, this portion of the project can make or break it. Get it right, and the product design team works in concert, toward well-understood goals and following clear principles. Get it wrong, and your project collapses into a disorganized mess. In this session, we’ll look at what makes for great Discovery. Introducing his Discovery Activities Matrix, Dan will talk about essential tools and techniques for Discovery. We’ll look at how research fits in, how to write great design principles, and how to incorporate Discovery into any project situation.
- The essential ingredients for any discovery phase
- The range of discovery activities and how to choreograph them
- What deliverables come out of the discovery phase
- How to incorporate discovery into new projects and projects in-flight