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Crown Shyness — making space in nature. Photo by Tom Cowey

This is an article on the concept of space in human relationships — not the attempt to get into space. I don’t want to disappoint anyone so we should clarify that straight away.

Making space comes from approaching life, work, relationships from a curious mindset. It means asking questions and attempting to understand why then allowing the why to inform the how and providing the space for the what and when to be defined and occur — keeping in mind that space for multiple why’s is of utmost importance.

“Making space is a powerful practice for growing teams, attaining goals and changing the…


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I got this photo here

One of the fundamentals I learned in design school was perspective. 2 point perspective, vanishing points, grids etc. Perspective has a big impact on design work and and even bigger impact on human experience. If you screw it up, it has serious consequences — everything is out of whack.

Today I was walking in my local park and a woman sitting on a nearby bench called to me “What mountain is that?”.

“Mount Hood!” I replied. “And over there is Mt Adams.” I said as I waved my right hand in the air motioning to the northwest.

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Mount Hood from the East

She asked me if I was sure it was Mount Hood because it looked different. We thought about that for a while and she is right, it does. When you see photos of Mount Hood they rarely show the view looking at it from the East. It’s almost always from the North or the West so she didn’t recognize it. I found this very interesting — I mean it is a mountain right? It’s not like it changes location or shape very often, but I also had the same experience when I first moved to the East side of the mountain. It didn’t look right. …


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I originally called this post “A New Perspective on Experience Design” but there is a saying that is something like “If you are thinking of an idea, chances are someone else is too.” So it may not be new, just a perspective.

I see a lot of debate about how to define design, the types, the roles, the approaches, the methodologies. I have experienced a number of humans say to me “you’re doing it wrong” and I have told others they are doing it wrong (much to my regret).

You cannot do design “wrong”.

We are all designers-constantly creating, optimizing, learning, adjusting so many parts of our lives. Maybe you moved your coffee pot because it looked better in its new location or because its easier to plug in. …


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©No Fear

I don’t follow the news because I just can’t take it anymore. It’s not because I live in denial of where we are as a species, it’s because I fully accept it. We are where we are. I care more about how we got here.

If you compare Eastern and Western medicine they are strikingly different. Western medicine focuses a lot on addressing symptoms, Eastern medicine focuses more on addressing root causes. If you break this down into temporal concepts, a symptom is the future and the cause is the now. …


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Photo by Katie Montgomery on Unsplash

This last week I read two social media posts that insisted that trends in design should stop — one was for flat design across the board and one for using 2D assets in virtual reality. It wasn’t anything new, these two topics seem to resurface every so often.

It always shocks me a bit when I see things like this because it has brought us to a place where we are evaluating an experience based on a trend and not what is best for humans. …


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Recently Forbes magazine released an article titled America’s Most Innovative Leaders. The list contains 100 humans that they have recognized as some of the most influential leaders of our time.

99 of them are men.

Why is this good for women?

Because it very clearly illustrates the problem we have in our society. It is not equal. It’s almost 2020 — approximately 100 years since women got the right to vote and we still aren’t equal. By releasing this article Forbes magazine shone a bright light in a dark room.

They were right.

Many of the most innovative leaders in America today are men. Why? Because men have more opportunity. It’s much more difficult for women to rise to the top and be recognized. …


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Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely my own and do not represent RealWear Inc.

It is highly critical that experiences in extended reality are well thought out because of the high impact they have on the senses and cognitive functions. Whenever we are altering reality — we need to be mindful of how we do it.

I am a big believer that internal and external experiences work together in a synergistic relationship. …


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Any product that needs a manual is broken.

This is the first chapter of a book.

I am sharing the first chapter of my book here because I haven’t decided if it should be a book or articles. My goal is to inspire thinking about our future. The human experience of distributing this information as a book might not be the best way to do so. It requires a human to make a purchase — an obstacle to the goal so I’m thinking about if that is indeed the best way to approach this.

On the other hand, when you say you are ‘writing a book’ or ‘an author’ you get some interesting reactions. …


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In XR language is floating all over the place!

Let’s talk about language and the myriad of ways it is affecting what is happening right now in human experience. Language is insanely important and complex. Humans have lived and died based on the ability/inability to communicate in the same language.

I’ve recently been working with the team at Pat.ai who are doing some very interesting things with language and today attended a talk by Em Ivers and Rian Long on XR and UX and it really got me thinking.

I spent the last couple of years designing experiences for industrial workers — let’s use that as an example — the humans being targeted in Industry 4.0…


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Hello diversity!

If you are reading this, hopefully you have seen or at least heard of Star Wars. It’s a kind of a big deal — The Empire, The Rebel Alliance, The Force etc. Star Wars has a lot going on taking place in a world of never-ending adventure and fantastic technology. Many of us live there in our imaginations — at least I do.

I recently visited the STAR WARS: Identities Exhibition at the Power House Museum in Sydney, Australia and it made me think of it in an entirely different way. I kind of always had this feeling that it was a commentary on human society set in the context of space adventure but the exhibition clarified a lot of the concepts that are really quite relevant to human experience design. …

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Becky Priebe

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