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.

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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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