Vaux Swifts in Portland
Vaux Swifts in Portland
Vaux Swifts in NW Portland

I gave this talk for CHIFOO on 9/3/20, and originally shared this at ameliaabreu.com

Thank you all for coming tonight, and thank you especially to Fellene and Ed for inviting me to give this talk. This year has been incredibly challenging for me, as I’m sure it has been for you all, and it means so much to be able to share my work with you all. …

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Dr. Michelle Nario-Redmond in low-vision simulation goggles (Photo from Hiram College)

When we talk about usability, or accessibility, one word that’s bound to come up is “empathy”. What is empathy, exactly, and how do you get it? Defined as “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another”, empathy is more complex than it sounds.

As Leslie Jamison writes, “Empathy comes from the Greek empatheia — em (into) and pathos (feeling) — a penetration, a kind of travel. …

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(image CC flickr user Ferrum College)

This quarter in UX Night School’s Intro Workshops, we’re introducing a journal exercise to go along with each week’s workshop. As I, Amelia, believe in walking the talk, I’m writing along with the workshop crew and sharing my responses. (Hopefully they’ll share theirs as well!)

Journal Prompt #1: Reflecting on your own past experiences, both professional and personal, what approaches do you bring to practicing human-centered design?

In this lesson, we’ve looked at perspectives from performing arts like theater and dance. …


amelia abreu

technologies + ❤ // freelance design researcher // founder @UX Night School

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