Paul McAleer
Paul McAleer
Helping people by design.

Inspirational talks for smart people.


Nothing at the moment. Stay tuned!

Past appearances

PM Loves KJ
Denver UX Meetup, November 16 2016

At the Denver UX Meetup in November, I walked people through the fabulousness that is KJ analysis – and, naturally, we did it all in a gameshow format.

Repeatable Magic (watch the video!)
CreativeMornings Denver, September 2016

What goes into our work as designers? How do we make our stuff magical? Once we learn that, what can a repeatable creative process afford us? In this talk I walked through every single step of my creative process – both the beauty and the mess.

Design & Development for the 2020s (with Steve Tonkin)
SharePoint Fest Denver, March 2016

The tools & tech we use for working together have changed dramatically. In this new talk, Steve and I looked at the past, present, and future of intranets, highlighting what matters most right now.

Better Living Through Design
WebVisions Portland, May 2015

Research, strategy, small experiments, feedback: great for building products and just as good for designing your life. In this talk I shared how our tools can improve our most important clients: ourselves.

Growing Up Digital: Raising Tech-Savvy Kids (with Elysse Zarek)
SXSW, March 2015

Elysse and I shared philosophies and strategies for ensuring kids are curious and interested in technology. We gave parents solid challenges: put down your phone, model your online sharing behavior for your kids, and take something apart with them, too.

Better Living Through Design (slides)
WebVisions Chicago, September 2014

When you apply design thinking to your life, what happens? In this updated version of my talk I walked through the overall design process and how our tools can help make us better people.

Tablet First Redux (with Abi Jones and Christian Crumlish)
IXDA SF Redux, May 2014

The San Francisco chapter of IXDA invited me, Abi, and Christian to present a redux of our SXSW talk. We explored similar topics as before, but veered a little more into wearables.

Tablet First Design: Holistic Ubiquitous UX (with Abi Jones and Christian Crumlish)
SXSW, March 2014
Listen to our session

Christian, Abi, and I spoke on this panel about the concept of "tablet first". Topics included the overall approach, pitfalls, and rewards. We landed a few sweet jokes too.

Better Living Through Design (links & references) (behind the scenes)
World IA Day Chicago, February 2014

I spoke at the first Chicago event for World IA Day, focusing on applying the overall design process to one's life... and Clooney.

Mapping Business Value to UX Strategy: A Case Study (with Lis Hubert)
UX STRAT, Atlanta GA, September 2013

Lis and I spoke at the inaugural UX STRAT conference about a workshop we created, focusing on tying UX activities directly to business goals.

Six Short Stories and a Song About UX (with Shelby Bower and Naa Marteki Reed)
Experience Design Chicago (XDCHI), Chicago IL, February 2013

My team at Gogo and I worked together on this presentation. My stories focused on organizational structures and how to best send and receive design feedback; I also played guitar for our musical intermission.