Dan Brown

Since 1994, Dan’s focused on digital product discovery and definition, user research, information architecture, content strategy and interaction design for content-heavy sites, complex web applications, and digital products. He’s worked on teams large and small to perfect collaboration and productivity. In 2006, Dan co-founded EightShapes with Nathan Curtis to serve clients in healthcare, education, not-for-profit, and high-tech.

Dan Brown is the author of Communicating Design: Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning and Designing Together, The collaboration and conflict management handbook for creative professionals.  In 2017, he will publish through A Book Apart, Practical Design Discovery.

I'm sure you'll want to hear more from Dan on the topic of design discovery. Take some time to check out his new article, "Documenting Design Discovery."

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Dan Brown

Collaborative Design Discovery: Four Essential Techniques

You’ll learn…

  • Recognize when someone’s mindset is preventing them from doing their best work
  • Put creative mindsets to use to get the most exciting design alternatives out of your team
  • How the right mindset can help you see the design problem more clearly
  • Adopt behaviors that help you and your team to reach a shared understanding of the design problem, context, and direction
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5 Simple Principles to Improve Your Information Architecture

You’ll learn…

  • Take information architecture beyond hierarchical site maps and explore some of the real challenges facing sites today.
  • Consider navigation menus more rigorously, without them turning into the junk drawer of your web site.
  • Establish ground rules for creating gallery or index pages that point to content to avoid clutter.
  • Understand what techniques most effectively explain the site's underlying structure to visitors.
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