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Workplace Culture: How to Improve Creativity and Performance by Optimizing Your Brain

Workplace Culture: How to Improve Creativity and Performance by Optimizing Your Brain

Linda Wagener, Ph.D.

The human brain is not wired to have an "on" and "off" switch for work and play—and operating as if it were will deplete one’s energy and creativity.

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Workplace Culture: How Your Brain’s Hardwiring Can Help Inform and Influence Your Career Path

Workplace Culture: How Your Brain’s Hardwiring Can Help Inform and Influence Your Car...

Linda Wagener, Ph.D.

Nature and nurture are both critical to your career path, and so at Blink, we focus on both of these in our employee development.

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Workplace Culture: Gender Equity at Blink

Workplace Culture: Gender Equity at Blink

Linda Wagener, Ph.D.

Blink is a bit of a rarity in the tech industry by virtue of its long history of commitment to gender equity.

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Workplace Culture: Understanding the Positivity Ratio

Workplace Culture: Understanding the Positivity Ratio

Linda Wagener, Ph.D.

Do you feel silly, amused, or fun-loving? That’s a positive emotion. Do you feel guilty, repentant, or blameworthy? That’s a negative emotion. Both positive and negative emotions change the way that our brain operates. Negative emotions narrow our perspective to focus on threats. Positive emotions broaden our field of vision.

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A Recipe for Effective User Interviews

A Recipe for Effective User Interviews

Blink Staff

The ingredients are simple: two people, a quiet place to sit and talk, and a video camera to record the session. Still, getting the most out of an interview requires careful planning and a thoughtful technique. Here I share some insights that guide my own approach to interviewing.

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A Farewell to Layne

A Farewell to Layne

Layne Foit

Two weeks ago I made the hardest professional decision thus far in my career. After almost three years, I’m leaving Blink for another opportunity.

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4 Reasons Why I Love Working at Blink UX

4 Reasons Why I Love Working at Blink UX

Brigitt Rains

Blink UX is a user experience research and design firm specializing in digital products. What really differentiates Blink UX is our research: All of our client and project recommendations are based on actual end-user observational data.

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Workplace Culture: How to Make Hard Conversations Easier

Workplace Culture: How to Make Hard Conversations Easier

Linda Wagener, Ph.D.

Even people with considerable power — owners, CEOs, board chairs — are often reluctant to have the tough talks that are required for them to achieve the outcomes they desire.

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How Much are People Reading Online?

How Much are People Reading Online?

Trista Meehan

Last week, Jeff Alpen, Blink’s Client Engagement guru, asked me if I could quickly pull together some existing research for one of our clients.

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Fundamental Dimensions of Contrast

Fundamental Dimensions of Contrast

Brian Essex, Ph.D.

Designers know that using contrast is an effective way to direct attention to a specific design element. But what makes it so effective?

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Work Practice Matters

Work Practice Matters

Heidi Adkisson

The person hovered over OmniFocus at the start of each day? Yes, that would be me. Rewind 20 years and there I am again, but this time lugging about a three-ring Franklin Planner. Suffice it to say that planning and I go WAY back.

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Making Design Collaboration Work

Making Design Collaboration Work

Heidi Adkisson

At Blink, we feel one of the greatest strengths we bring to clients is the extent to which we leverage our internal expertise—and work with clients—in a collaborative way. But effective collaboration is not a slam-dunk. The key is to tap into individual competencies and perspectives in a way that improves the outcome rather than hinders it.

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