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Rethinking UX by Smashing Magazine

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50 Design Problems In 50 Days: Real Empathy For Innovation

By Pete Smart

I recently travelled 2517 miles to try to solve 50 problems in 50 days1 using design — a journey that would challenge me to fundamentally rethink my understanding of the user-experience design process.

I set myself a challenge. I wanted to test the limits of design’s ability to solve problems — big and small. To do this, I left the comfort of my computer chair and set out into the unknown. Each day, I had 24 hours to observe a problem, attempt to solve it and then communicate the solution.

On my own shoestring budget, from grimy backstreet hostels to bustling cities, I travelled Europe attempting to solve a different social problem that I observed every day. The project itself ...

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