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Courtney Bolton
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Attended Columbia Business School
Lives in New York, New York
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Digital product designer, web strategist, interaction & UX (user experience) specialist in NYC.
Introduction
8-10+ years of interactive design experience, with extensive hands-on problem-solving in concept creation, brand strategy, information architecture, interaction design, visual/user interface design, usability, & user research. Previous employers include A-list design agencies & consumer brands:

Apple Computer
TD Ameritrade
Method -- MF Global, TED-Talks
R/GA -- Levi's, DirecTV, New School, ITP
• Lehman Brothers
Businessweek

 Say Hello -- twitter @courtneyBolton; or, email me with project requests, domain-specific questions, collaboration proposals, or speaking engagements. I'm interested in new UX projects with emergent technologies. 

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Background
I lived in Kansas for 17 years, then moved to attend Washington University in St. Louis. I pursued a rigorous dual-degree curricula, accepted over $80,000 in scholarships, and graduated with high honors (and 2 undergraduate degrees) in a flat 4 years. The joint degrees (B.F.A. Communication design; B.A. English literature, with art history/photography minors) enabled me to study how words & images work together to create communications, and context, for audiences over time. 

I spent my semester abroad in Florence, Italy at the Accademia Italiana fashion institute & studied pattern-making. I moved to NYC after graduating from WashU, and completed coursework at the Columbia Business School. I've lived in NYC since 2003, and on 7th Street since 2006. I enjoy riding my bike, listening to music/podcasts, and spending time with all of the brilliant, creative computer scientists I know from MIT.


Professionally,
I design UX (user experience) for digital interfaces, digital products, web applications, technologies, services, and software. 

I'm an intuitive, holistic systems-design oriented problem-solver. I work with teams to create, visualize, synthesize, and refine the product vision. I use interaction design, visual communication, content strategy, organizational processes, and cross-functional alignment to strengthen & reinforce the end-user's experience with the product. 

Interdisciplinary by nature, (and multi-disciplinary, by intent)-- I'm a naturally curious, intensely focused, voracious reader, listener, critical thinker, & visual analyst. My deliverables often include functional prototypes, interaction design wireframes, visual comps, technical specifications, user research, and competitive analysis.

I'm an INTJ. That makes me an exceptionally smart, agile, creative, collaborative, and iterative UX designer. I tend to think laterally --usually in pictures-- and often work across multiple topics, concurrently. I perform research; I practice design; and I deliver excellent user experiences.

I enjoy meeting new UX, technology, design, start-ups people, authors, academics, & makers in NYC. Twitter me @courtneyBolton to meet-up.
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Conversation Techniques for Designers 
Participatory Design
What is an Art? 
What is a Product? 
Systems Design 
Real-Time Big Data & Modern Surveillance
Friction in Human/Computer Symbiosis: Kasparov, on chess 
G+ Realnames, Solving Wrong Problem. We Need Signatures.

• The Case for Raw Data 
• Interacting with Temporal Data 
Alex Osterwalder: Business Model Innovation
Cooper Interaction Design, Strategy


Creative Process
Defining the Problem 
Interaction Design

Visual Design
• AIGA-NY 

Data Tools & Projects
• Portland Crime-spotting


Music
Podcasts / Talks

Harvard HBS: The Art of Critical Decision-Making: Deciding how to Decide: (28min), case study of Kennedy in the Bay of Pigs / Cuban Missile Crisis. Excellent.
Bragging rights
TEDTalks, Bank of America roll-out; TD Ameritrade merger; BusinessWeek merger + start-ups
Education
  • Columbia Business School
    Business
  • Washington University in St. Louis
    BFA, Communication design
  • Washington University in St. Louis
    BA, English literature
  • Accademia Italiana, Firenze
    Art history; photography
Basic Information
Looking for
Friends, Networking
Other names
Contact me if you'd like to work on a project or, catch me on twitter: @courtneyBolton
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Work
Occupation
Courtney Bolton ★ Digital product designer, web strategist, interaction & UX /user experience specialist.
Employment
  • Courtney Bolton, Creative Services.
    Digital product designer, heavy on interaction #IxD #UX #UI, digital strategy, 2000 - present
Places
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Currently
New York, New York
Previously
Firenze, Italia - Roseau, Dominica - - - St. Louis, MO - Taos, NM - Boulder, CO - Kansas
Contact Information
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Phone
EMAIL hello@ courtneybolton.com to set up a time to discuss your project. I am available for remote UX work on a project-basis
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useit.com: Jakob Nielsen on Usability and Web Design
www.useit.com

Research findings from many usability studies 1994-2011. Regular Alertbox column + Web design guidelines. Usability training courses.

Google Insights for Search
www.google.com

See what the world is searching for.

Data, data everywhere
www.economist.com

»Data, data everywhere A different game The open society Needle in a haystack Handling the cornucopia Sources & acknowledgementsReprints

LaTeX – A document preparation system
www.latex-project.org

LaTeX – A document preparation system. You are here: » LaTeX project site. LaTeX is a high-quality typesetting system; it includes features

Kicker Studio: Essential Interaction Design Essays and Articles
www.kickerstudio.com

Essential Interaction Design Essays and Articles. I've started a list of essays and articles that I feel are important touchstones and r

Art of Critical Decision Making
www.thegreatcourses.com

Making a good decision is a skill—one that can be learned, honed, and perfected. Now, approach the important decisions in your life with a m

YouTube - Tim Berners-Lee: The next Web of open, linked data
www.youtube.com

Create AccountSign In. Home. BrowseMoviesUpload. Hey there, this is not a commercial interruption. You're using an outdated browser, whi

Hiring a designer: hunting the unicorn
www.designstaff.org

Finding the perfect designer to join your team is tough — there’s no way around it. I’ve struggled for months searching for the right design

Interactive Dynamics for Visual Analysis - ACM Queue
queue.acm.org

Future Graphics Architectures. Graphics architectures are in the midst of a major transition. In the past, these were specialized architectu

Edward Tufte forum: Analytical design and human factors
www.edwardtufte.com

Edward Tufte home page for books, posters, sculpture, fine art and one-day course: Presenting Data and Information

Die a designer: 10 steps to a long career | Feature | .net magazine
www.netmagazine.com

Designers need to be planning for career longevity, says Christopher Cashdollar, creative director for Happy Cog. His 10 tips will get you t

5by5 | The Critical Path #12: Back to the Future
5by5.tv

5by5 - The Critical Path #12: Back to the Future

Internet Archive: Wayback Machine
web.archive.org

Search: All Media Types, Wayback Machine, Moving Images, Animation & Cartoons, Arts & Music, Community Video, Computers & Techno

YouTube - Hans Rosling on global population growth
www.youtube.com

Create AccountSign In. Home. BrowseMoviesUpload. Hey there, this is not a commercial interruption. You're using an outdated browser, whi

INTJ (Strategist) Personality Type
www.mypersonality.info

INTJ personality type (Jungian) information including a summary, population details, famous INTJs and career matches.

Haystack Blog » Making the Case for Raw Data
groups.csail.mit.edu

Making the Case for Raw Data. Filed under: Databases, Web Architectures by Adam Marcus on Tuesday, 24 March 2009 | 6 Comments. Tim Berners-L

Haystack Blog » In Defense of a Semantic Web Wild West
groups.csail.mit.edu

In Defense of a Semantic Web Wild West. Filed under: Databases, PIM, Semantic Web, Web Architectures by David Karger on Monday, 14 September

MIT CSAIL Research Abstracts
publications.csail.mit.edu

Introduction. Progress in user modeling over recent years has demonstrated that models learned from observing users' actions can boost e

YouTube - Terry Irwin on Ecological Design
www.youtube.com

Create AccountSign In. Home. BrowseMoviesUpload. Hey there, this is not a commercial interruption. You're using an outdated browser, whi

Urban Computing and its Discontents | Situated Technologies
www.situatedtechnologies.net

Series Editors Omar Khan, Trebor Scholz, Mark Shepard. Advisory Committee Keller Easterling Anne Galloway Malcolm McCullough Howard Rheingol