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Better Living Through Design 
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Paul McAleer 
@paulmcaleer 
@designingyou 
@centralis_ux
Apply design thinking to your life 
Some rights reserved by Digital Cat 
@paulmcaleer
A case study for a very large project 
Some rights reserved by seler + seler 
@paulmcaleer
Kickoff & observations 
Some rights reserved by APM Alex 
@paulmcaleer
Stakeholder interviews 
Some rights reserved by Phillipp Messner 
@paulmcaleer
It was emotional. 
@paulmcaleer
Here are the findings. 
@paulmcaleer
Fear! Powerlessness! No goals! 
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@paulmcaleer
It’s real talk o’clock. 
The project is me. 
Credit to @redsesame and @wilto for that awesome phrase 
@paulmcaleer
My stakeholders 
@paulmcaleer
The fear and powerlessness was real. 
Some rights reserved by Marcus Povey 
@paulmcaleer
A proven, repeatable process! 
Research Strategy Execution Feedback 
Some rights reserved by paul bica 
@paulmcaleer
We're remixes of everything we 
encounter in our lives. 
Some rights reserved by Kevin Dooley 
@paulmcaleer
Research Strategy Execution Feedback
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DRIVERS 
MIND BODY 
Research 
@paulmcaleer
I was afraid. A lot. 
@paulmcaleer
Research 
Not choosing to do something is 
actually a design choice. 
Some rights reserved by Raoul Pop 
@paulmcaleer
Runners are assholes, and 
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I'm one too. 
Research 
@paulmcaleer
Research 
2007 2008 
2013 
2014 
@paulmcaleer
Strong beliefs, weakly held. 
Research 
Some rights reserved by umjanedoan 
@paulmcaleer
Let's try something together for a 
moment. 
Research 
@paulmcaleer
Your body language 
shapes 
who you are 
! 
@amyjccuddy 
Research 
@paulmcaleer
Noticing what I was doing 
Research 
@paulmcaleer
Copyright 2014 Paul McAleer 
Breathing 
Research 
@paulmcaleer
Research Strategy Execution Feedback
Strategy 
Copyright 2014 Paul McAleer 
Make small plans. 
Be open in every moment. 
@paulmcaleer
Your brain isn’t perfect, 
and neither is technology. 
Strategy 
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@paulmcaleer
Strategy 
Let it all out and define your vision 
Some rights reserved by Ignatio Palomo Duarte 
@paulmcaleer
Strategy 
Set your intentions 
Some rights reserved by James Gordon 
@paulmcaleer
Strategy 
Some rights reserved by Dustin Quasar 
“I have found that 
a true intention is 
enduring, flexible, and 
communi...
Research Strategy Execution Feedback
Align your goals with your intentions 
Some rights reserved by Casey Bisson 
@paulmcaleer 
Execution
Align your actions with your goals 
Some rights reserved by Casey Bisson 
@paulmcaleer 
Execution
Execution 
Make things small 
Some rights reserved by David Melchor Diaz 
@paulmcaleer
Some rights reserved by Mike 
Make things visible 
@paulmcaleer 
Execution
@paulmcaleer 
Execution 
Find a tool that works for you 
Some rights reserved by Emily
Research Strategy Execution Feedback
Feedback 
“You can't connect the dots looking 
forward; you can only connect them 
looking backwards.”
Look for patterns 
Some rights reserved by Natesh Ramasamy 
@paulmcaleer 
Feedback
Copyright 2014 Paul McAleer
Be selective and 
don’t let feedback run you 
Some rights reserved by Andreas Wetterberg 
@paulmcaleer 
Feedback
@paulmcaleer 
Feedback
The results
My interface has improved
My architecture is more flexible
Experiments will fail and 
that will hurt
This is not finished and 
will never be finished
Design your life
Research Strategy Execution Feedback
Be a change agent in your life
Thank you for your time! 
@paulmcaleer 
@designingyou 
! 
paulmcaleer.com 
designingyourself.net
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Better Living Through Design

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What happens when we apply design principles, tools, and processes to our lives? In this talk from WebVisions Chicago 2014, I share the details - and spin a few stories - on how we can each design ourselves and become change agents in our lives.

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Better Living Through Design

  1. 1. Better Living Through Design Footage: some rights reserved by
  2. 2. Paul McAleer @paulmcaleer @designingyou @centralis_ux
  3. 3. Apply design thinking to your life Some rights reserved by Digital Cat @paulmcaleer
  4. 4. A case study for a very large project Some rights reserved by seler + seler @paulmcaleer
  5. 5. Kickoff & observations Some rights reserved by APM Alex @paulmcaleer
  6. 6. Stakeholder interviews Some rights reserved by Phillipp Messner @paulmcaleer
  7. 7. It was emotional. @paulmcaleer
  8. 8. Here are the findings. @paulmcaleer
  9. 9. Fear! Powerlessness! No goals! Some rights reserved by epSos.de @paulmcaleer
  10. 10. It’s real talk o’clock. The project is me. Credit to @redsesame and @wilto for that awesome phrase @paulmcaleer
  11. 11. My stakeholders @paulmcaleer
  12. 12. The fear and powerlessness was real. Some rights reserved by Marcus Povey @paulmcaleer
  13. 13. A proven, repeatable process! Research Strategy Execution Feedback Some rights reserved by paul bica @paulmcaleer
  14. 14. We're remixes of everything we encounter in our lives. Some rights reserved by Kevin Dooley @paulmcaleer
  15. 15. Research Strategy Execution Feedback
  16. 16. Some rights reserved by Smaku DRIVERS MIND BODY Research @paulmcaleer
  17. 17. I was afraid. A lot. @paulmcaleer
  18. 18. Research Not choosing to do something is actually a design choice. Some rights reserved by Raoul Pop @paulmcaleer
  19. 19. Runners are assholes, and Some rights reserved by padsbrother I'm one too. Research @paulmcaleer
  20. 20. Research 2007 2008 2013 2014 @paulmcaleer
  21. 21. Strong beliefs, weakly held. Research Some rights reserved by umjanedoan @paulmcaleer
  22. 22. Let's try something together for a moment. Research @paulmcaleer
  23. 23. Your body language shapes who you are ! @amyjccuddy Research @paulmcaleer
  24. 24. Noticing what I was doing Research @paulmcaleer
  25. 25. Copyright 2014 Paul McAleer Breathing Research @paulmcaleer
  26. 26. Research Strategy Execution Feedback
  27. 27. Strategy Copyright 2014 Paul McAleer Make small plans. Be open in every moment. @paulmcaleer
  28. 28. Your brain isn’t perfect, and neither is technology. Strategy Some rights reserved by Chris Devers @paulmcaleer
  29. 29. Strategy Let it all out and define your vision Some rights reserved by Ignatio Palomo Duarte @paulmcaleer
  30. 30. Strategy Set your intentions Some rights reserved by James Gordon @paulmcaleer
  31. 31. Strategy Some rights reserved by Dustin Quasar “I have found that a true intention is enduring, flexible, and communicates personal values.” @paulmcaleer @jessclively
  32. 32. Research Strategy Execution Feedback
  33. 33. Align your goals with your intentions Some rights reserved by Casey Bisson @paulmcaleer Execution
  34. 34. Align your actions with your goals Some rights reserved by Casey Bisson @paulmcaleer Execution
  35. 35. Execution Make things small Some rights reserved by David Melchor Diaz @paulmcaleer
  36. 36. Some rights reserved by Mike Make things visible @paulmcaleer Execution
  37. 37. @paulmcaleer Execution Find a tool that works for you Some rights reserved by Emily
  38. 38. Research Strategy Execution Feedback
  39. 39. Feedback “You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.”
  40. 40. Look for patterns Some rights reserved by Natesh Ramasamy @paulmcaleer Feedback
  41. 41. Copyright 2014 Paul McAleer
  42. 42. Be selective and don’t let feedback run you Some rights reserved by Andreas Wetterberg @paulmcaleer Feedback
  43. 43. @paulmcaleer Feedback
  44. 44. The results
  45. 45. My interface has improved
  46. 46. My architecture is more flexible
  47. 47. Experiments will fail and that will hurt
  48. 48. This is not finished and will never be finished
  49. 49. Design your life
  50. 50. Research Strategy Execution Feedback
  51. 51. Be a change agent in your life
  52. 52. Thank you for your time! @paulmcaleer @designingyou ! paulmcaleer.com designingyourself.net

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