Chris Rockwell: The mind of design

Chris Rockwell

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Being curious and creative, seeing patterns, and envisioning the future. These are just some of the skills needed you need to determine what makes good design. Chris Rockwell talks about how successful design is rooted in understanding people’s experiences.

Date/Location

January 22, 2009 / Columbus, OH

About Chris Rockwell

Chris Rockwell is a national expert in usability, design research and consumer behavior. Know why milk is always in the back of every grocery store? Or why they put mirrors in elevators? Chris does. Big companies hire him and his firm, Lextant, to analyze how you and I interact with their products by asking questions and observing behavior. Every industry can benefit from understanding the needs and wants of their end users. Software, web sites, store traffic, electronics – anything can be improved with the help of Chris and his team.

Artie Isaac on finding “flow” and the meaning of life

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Artie Isaac discusses the state of anxiety or boredom when life’s challenges are not in sync with the skills you have at that time. When your challenges and skills meet an equilibrium, you are in a state of happiness or “flow.”

Date/Location

January 22, 2009 / Columbus, OH / The PEP Talks – Winter 09

About Artie Issac

Artie Isaac is a career marketer and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of the Young Isaac Advertising Agency and co-founder of SpeakerSite.com – the world’s largest social network of public speakers and event planners. Artie is an accomplished public speaker and is an adjunct professor at The Ohio State Fisher College of Business MBA program, Otterbein College and CCAD. Pretty much everyone knows Artie, if not for his many accomplishments but also for his steadfast ambition to bring the bow-tie back in style.

Jared Mahone on music and the pursuit of independence

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Jared Mahone talks about the similarities between traditional entrepreneurs and independent musicians. He encourages us to be independent in all we do, regardless of our path in life. We also get a taste of his “beat-boxing” skills as he performs one of his compositions.

Date/Location

January 22, 2009 / Columbus, OH

About Jared Mahone

Few musicians these days write their own music or play their own instrument. Fewer still actually own their own music and enjoy creative freedom. Jared Mahone is such a musician. There’s no doubt he’s a talented singer, songwriter and performer. But Jared is also passionate about mentoring other musicians – encouraging them to own the rights to their works and to promote their talent independently. Don’t miss any of his shows and support talented local musician such as Jared by buying his CD here or on iTunes.

Randy Dean on how trusting your gut leads to Hollywood

Randy Dean

Description

Having worked in four different industries, three startups, fired twice, laid-off once, and over 26 bosses, Randy Dean shares what he has learned from his career. Randy also talks about how making sacrifices now can pay off later – like it did for his Oscar-nominated high school classmate.

Date/Location

January 22, 2009 / Columbus, OH

About Randy Dean

Randy Dean is in the business of finding talent. Not the next American Idol – but perhaps a rockstar project manager or a kickass .NET programmer. Randy is President of Fast Switch which provides IT consulting services, product management and executive recruitment for companies large and small. Randy has a passion for working with fast-growing technology companies. If you want to know what it takes to make it in the IT world – ask Randy. He has his finger on the pulse of technology in our community.