Amy L. Dickson

Marketing

Amy L. Dickson heads the marketing efforts at Blink. She has red hair, a degree in creative writing, and a deep love of the Oxford comma.

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Buy Nothing! The UX of Hyper-Local Gift Communities

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The Buy Nothing Project and its local chapters are having a fundamental impact on the way neighborhoods interact, purchase and redistribute goods, and define charity. And they’re doing it all through Facebook.

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Slow and Steady Wins the Race

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Last night I had the good fortune to accompany my colleague Lauren to the Puget Sound Business Journal’s “100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in Washington” awards gala. You see, Blink UX was once again honored as an award recipient.

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What We Want to See at PAX This Weekend

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It’s nearly Labor Day, a long weekend that, along with Memorial Day, bookends the summer months here in the Pacific Northwest. And while some of you readers will head out to the mountains for a last minute camping trip, or over to Seattle Center to catch some live music and comedy at Bumbershoot, we are gearing up for the gaming user experience event of the year: The Penny Arcade Expo.

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Why the Internet of Things is Happening RIGHT NOW

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Last night, a few colleagues and I popped in to the Washington Technology Industry Association’s (WTIA) Tech in Focus panel session on The Internet of Things (IoT). Featuring panelists from hot tech companies in the region, I wanted to get to the bottom of the IoT buzz: What is it? And why now?

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On Being Like a Unicorn: How to Become a UX Designer Extraordinaire

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Working in User Experience consulting has been likened to being a Unicorn: You are a unique and rare creature who is empathetic, creative, constructive, fast, and effective. At Blink UX we are very selective regarding who we hire and are always on the lookout for top UX talent.

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Who are The Next Billion Internet Users?

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Right now there are an active 2.8 billion Internet users worldwide. This number comes from Quartz, the digital news organization behind the daylong forum “The Next Billion” held at the Seattle Art Museum on June 2nd. Participants included thought leaders from Medium, Mozilla, Facebook, DARPA, UNICEF, and IDEO, among others. The forum brought together Internet, mobile, and tech leaders to discuss these important questions:

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Which Soft Skills are Essential for UX Pros?

Amy L. Dickson

Everyone talks about the required hard skills it takes to succeed in the world of user experience. HTML5, a background in ethnographic research, and the ability to create prototypes—these are not trivial skills and are a must for any UX team. But nobody tells you the soft skills required to succeed on that same team. Until now.

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Girls Can Do: A Blink Community Day

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Blinkers Tim, Jessica, and Kristina all decided to spend a Saturday in May at Benaroya Hall knee deep in t-shirts and wristbands, surrounded by inspired young women. How did this happen? They chose to volunteer at Girls Can Do, an event designed to encourage young women to have big dreams and pursue them, for their Blink Community Days.

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What We Learned During Bike To Work Month at Blink

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Today is National Bike to Work Day 2014 and here at Blink UX, several of us have made a dedicated effort to explore alternative transportation options all month long.

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Are you THAT GUY wearing Google Glass?

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And who wants to be THAT GUY wearing the Google Glass in the back of the bus? Wearables, for better or worse, are a fashion statement as much as they are a utility. Do they say what you want them to say about you?

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