Jon Daiello Designer + Front-End Engineer

Journal

Three Black Amps

A few months ago, I decided I was going to get a new guitar amplifier. I made a list of requirements for any amplifier that I’d consider. I started forming a list of options and then quickly narrowed it down to three options. Unfortunately, some of these amps were hard to find in person, so Guitar Center let me buy all three to try them out with the intent to only keep one of them.

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Facilitation!!

One of my new-found joys as a designer is learning the art of design facilitation. Teaching and guiding others to be the best at what they do is an exhilarating experience, and I can’t recommend it enough.

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Learning

The Elements of User Experience

Whether you’re a seasoned user experience designer or new to the industry, this book provides an excellent in-depth look at the user experience industry. Garrett provides an excellent explanation of the 5 main layers of user experience design.

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2016: The Year of Transition

In 2016, I found myself trying developing existing skill sets, exploring new ones and transitioning into new roles. I didn’t expect so much change, but I’m excited about the new opportunities. I am learning how to grow and effectively handle transition.

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Learning

The Lean Startup

My hope was that this book would help me understand the best way to get products to market. In my new role as a User Experience Designer, I knew I would need to better understand this process.

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You Can’t Ignore User Experience

User experience is a part of everything we do. Whether you are playing board games, using a coffee pot, changing your oil or using a digital device, we are a users…experiencing something. These experiences can be positive, negative or even go unnoticed. Without a doubt you know when you’ve had a bad experience. The problem screams at you, and inevitably you scream right back at it. Those are the experiences you typically remember. This is why you have an unwavering duty to user experience in every project you work on.

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