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Doorbells, Danger, and Dead Batteries | Steve Portigal

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We'll be discussing Steve Portigal's recent book, Doorbells, Danger, and Dead Batteries: User Research War Stories.

The author will join the discussion for Q+A, remotely, around 6:30.

You can purchase a copy of the book at Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Doorbells-Danger-Dead-Batteries-Research/dp/1933820349) or Rosenfeld Media (http://rosenfeldmedia.com/books/user-research-war-stories/).

About the book:

User research war stories are personal accounts of the challenges researchers encounter out in the field, where mishaps are inevitable, yet incredibly instructive. Doorbells, Danger, and Dead Batteries is a diverse compilation of war stories that range from comically bizarre to astonishingly tragic, tied together with valuable lessons from expert user researcher Steve Portigal.

About the author:

Steve is the founder of Portigal Consulting. In the past 15 years he's interviewed families eating breakfast, rock musicians, home-automation enthusiasts, credit-default swap traders, and radiologists. His work has informed the development of music gear, wine packaging, medical information systems, corporate intranets, videoconferencing systems, and iPod accessories. He's an accomplished presenter who speaks about culture, innovation, and design at companies such as eBay, Adobe, Nokia, Hewlett-Packard, and Dolby Laboratories. Steve has lectured at Stanford University, Institute of Design, California College of Art, and UC Berkeley, and writes regularly on topics from interaction design to pop culture for Interactions, Core77, Ambidextrous, and Johnny Holland. He has a graduate degree in human-computer interaction from the University of Guelph and is an avid photographer who has a Museum of Foreign Groceries in his home.

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