Asking User Research Questions that Encourage Discovery

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Asking User Research Questions that Encourage Discovery

User research can provide a way to empathize with potential customers to better understand their behaviors and motivations. One research method I recommend to help generate ideas in the early phase of a new project is user interviews.

Finding peace on the island of Vis, Croatia

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Finding peace on the island of Vis, Croatia

After almost two years in Amsterdam, the time was nearing to make the move back to the States. It seemed only yesterday I was unpacking my life from four suitcases, settling in to our one-floor flat, perfectly positioned in the center of the Canal belt with its tiny fridge, convection stove incessantly beeping at me, […]

Letting Go and Looking Forward

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Letting Go and Looking Forward

Today was the first Monday in eleven years (aside from holidays) that I didn’t drive or bike the four and a half miles to work as an Experience Architect at PixelMEDIA. Instead I made an appointment to sell my condo in the South End of Portsmouth, New Hampshire—a place I appreciated each and every time […]

Stepping Back in Time in Cinque Terre

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Stepping Back in Time in Cinque Terre

Initially I thought we’d split the driving responsibilities on Road Trip Europe 2014, but somewhere in France my favorite Dutchman envisioned himself in the driver’s seat for the entire 2600-mile journey. On the A8 / A10 from France to Italy, where the Alps meet the sea and the road winds through tunnel after tunnel blasted […]

Change of Plans in Côte d’Azur

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Change of Plans in Côte d’Azur

So far Road Trip Europe 2014 hadn’t given us any reason to deviate from the plan we loosely outlined. We’d barely seen any traffic and all of our accommodations lived up to (or exceeded) our expectations. What kind of trip would it be if that didn’t change at some point? Setting out from Carcassonne we […]

Two Days in Carcassonne

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Two Days in Carcassonne

One challenge of Road Trip Europe 2014 was getting from my favorite Dutchman’s childhood camping spot on the western tip of France to my top pick, the Cinque Terre region in Italy. We woke up on the the farm before sunrise, tried to quietly pack the car (as quiet as tent zippers can be), and […]

Camping Ferme de Croas Men

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Camping Ferme de Croas Men

The one requirement my favorite Dutchman had for Road Trip Europe 2014 was returning to the farm he camped at as a child. The entire trip was planned around his desire to show me this western tip of France and my desire to explore Cinque Terre. When he said we didn’t need a reservation for […]

A Stop at Le Mont Saint-Michel

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A Stop at Le Mont Saint-Michel

With four days of Road Trip Europe 2014 behind us, we packed up camp, said goodbye to Courseulles-sur-Mer, and headed out to Bretagne. Sunny skies, warm weather, and a 4-hour drive—what more could we ask for? How about a stop at the medieval town Mont Saint-Michel, a UNESCO world heritage site near Avranches. Once a […]

Beaches of Normandy, Bayeux, and Courseulles-sur-Mer

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Beaches of Normandy, Bayeux, and Courseulles-sur-Mer

We woke to a cool August rain at Camping De Vrolijk, packed the car, and headed out for the 460-mile, 9-hour scenic drive to Caen, France. My favorite Dutchman offered to drive since I drove on our last road trips in Scotland and Belgium, and I was happy to zone out and watch the landscape […]

One Day in Zutphen and One Night in Laren

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One Day in Zutphen and One Night in Laren

To kick off Road Trip Europe 2014 we started with a night at Camping De Vrolijk in Laren, Netherlands (the Gelderland Laren, not to be confused with the city Laren near Amsterdam, or so I’m told). The Dutchman and I first spent the day with his parents about 20 minutes outside of Laren in Zutphen, […]