Web Design Superheroes Revisited, Part 1

February 25, 2010

On Tuesday, I had the privilege of eating lunch with one of my Web design superheroes, Jared Spool. I have a lot of respect for Jared and his company, UIE. UIE empowers designers and other Web professionals to create better Web experiences. They distill the latest research and thoughts into practical advice that can be applied at the street level. They do this through virtual seminars, podcasts, email tips, and conferences. I have benefited through all these different venues.

I saw that Jared was going to be in town speaking at a conference so I invited him to join me for lunch. I really enjoyed our time together as we talked about:

  • the Red Sox and baseball
  • what Jared looks for in a conference speaker
  • ethics in UX design
  • my experiences at past UI conferences
  • career and resume advice

Jared is just as personable in person as when he speaks to a larger gathering of people. One of the things that I really like about the Web industry is that speakers, writers and leaders of our industry are so accessible and approachable. I really appreciated that Jared took time out of his busy conference schedule to meet with me.

It was a real treat. I enjoyed engaging Jared in various topics and appreciated several nuggets of advice that he gave me. He took a genuine interest in me and offered help as he could.

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