Spoken word

Speaking engagements + podcast appearances

Justin holding the microphone while presenting at MidwestUX
Justin holding the microphone while doing a live audience Q&A at MidwestUX

Midwest UX Conference: opening keynote

Justin delivered the opening keynote at MidwestUX's 2018 conference. His 47-minute presentation "Creative Culture: Human-Centered Interaction, Design, & Inspiration" was accompanied by a live audience Q&A.

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MentorBox video workshop

MentorBox is a company that delivers curated books and exclusive author-run workshops for busy professionals. As a content provider for the company, Justin filmed a workshop on the themes of his book, Cultivating a Creative Culture.

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Futurice Design Day

Justin was invited to speak at Futurice's Design Day in Stockholm, Sweden. He presented on creative culture and design inspiration, did an audience Q&A, and workshopped an effective means of processing observation into creative fuel.

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Indie Author Day

Justin participated in the 2017 Indie Author Day event, "for a day of education, networking, mingling, writing, open mics, panels, and so much more." In his talk he covered successful promotion, publishing, and evergreen content.

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User Defenders #58

"Finding the Right Cultural Fit" is Justin's contribution to the User Defenders "Landing a Job in UX" series.

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Creative Life #236

In "How to Design a Creative Culture at Work," Justin and James Taylor talk about human beings being at the heart of it all.

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The Big Web Show #161

The Big Web Show No. 161 is Justin's conversation with Jeffrey Zeldman on Cultivating a Creative Culture.

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The Innovation Show #169

On how human-centered design drives innovation in tandem with a culture that supports the same people-first dynamic.

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Creative Agency #36

Chatting all things about Cultivating a Creative Culture with Chris Bolton as it impacts the agency space.

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On Brand Podcast

Talking about the inseparable nature between culture and brand and how “human-centered” transcends process.

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User Defenders SE

An engaging dialogue with Jason Ogle on Cultivating a Creative Culture for all those passionate about their craft.

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The Reflex Blue Show #171

An interview with Donovan Beery on Cultivating a Creative Culture, design thinking, and Street Fighter.

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LifeSelfMastery #98

A dialogue on inclusion, & healthy culture in business. Justin discusses how having a “culture plan” is as vital as a business plan.

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User Defenders #50

For User Defeners' monumental 50th episode, Justin took over host duties to play interviewer for (usual host) Jason Ogle.

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The Big Web Show #121

The Big Web Show No. 121 is Justin's conversation with Jeffrey Zeldman on The Dead Pixel Society project.

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Sales Evangelist #1143

Justin and Donald discuss how an HCD approach to cultural and design process drives success on both fronts.

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Written word

Books + articles

a stack of Cultivating a Creative Culture paperback books

Cultivating a Creative Culture: the book

We create human-centered interactions and experiences in our field. Empathetic purpose drives our every decision. Mobile First? In reality, it’s humans first. This same mentality, turned inward, forms the cornerstone of something amazing: a creative culture.

Written for designers and developers but applicable to all. Cultivating a Creative Culture is about being focused on the human beings behind the projects, and humbly facilitating them doing their best work.

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A List Apart:
"Resetting Agency Culture"

"Many agencies support a model that’s more about draining workers of every available bit of brainpower."

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Medium's "Forge" pub:
"How to Tell an Employee..."

"This conversation can’t be a dump on the person receiving the feedback. It has to be a collaborative effort."

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Speckyboy Design Mag:
"Resume Design Usability"

"These methods of making your resume more usable to a potential employer are conducive to any type of design."

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CEO World Magazine:
"Investing in Culture"

"It’s a tangible demonstration of support and respect that an elevator pitch could never deliver."

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A List Apart Sidebar:
"Color You Responsible"

"It’s a broken experience if trial-and-error is the means by which a person engages with a web site."

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Conscious Connection:
"Cultural Business Shift"

"It’s your right to have time for growth in your day-to-day, and it needn’t come at the cost of putting food on the table."

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A List Apart Sidebar:
"Transition of Fulfillment"

"It’s about embracing a career’s evolution, and honor, to support your team’s passion toward their craft."

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Speckyboy Design Mag:
"Video Game Usability"

"The best implementations of usability are transparent to the user ... facilitating organic learning of systems."

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Graphic design

Personal projects across UX, UI, print, and web