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Blink's 2019 Holiday Reading List

Blink Staff

The holiday break is here, and the Blink team is excited for a restorative time away from the studio. Quiet days and long flights make for some great reading time. Here are some books—UX-related, fiction, and otherwise—recommended by Blink.

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Has Work Changed Forever?

Karen Clark Cole

The world has changed as a result of COVID-19 and social distancing. The new question emerging is not so much "how will we return to work?", but rather "how has work changed forever?"

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Blink Links

Tom Satwicz, Ph.D.

Here are some of the things we are reading in the office this week…

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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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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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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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A Photo Tour of Our UX Design Studio and User Research Labs in San Diego

Brent Summers

We recently finished construction of two usability labs in San Diego. Take a photo tour of our studio which is located in the heart of East Village just a few blocks from PETCO Park.

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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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What A Year!

Karen Clark Cole

This year had a lot of firsts for Blink. We reached over 90 employees, covering research, strategy, design, and development, and a fantastic support network keeping the company running like a well-oiled machine.

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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: 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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Making the Most of a Summer Internship Experience Through Collaboration

Karam Yoo

During my UX design internship, I learned that collaborating with my project team, the project client, and fellow Blinkers was the key to a successful project and internship experience.

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