Nathanael Boehm

User Experience (UX) Designer, LeftClick
Christchurch, New Zealand

About Nathanael

Bio

User experience (UX) designer with 12 years experience in the web industry. Interaction design, user research & design thinking. Organiser of BarCamps & TEDx in Canberra, guest blogger for UXmatters & UX Magazine. Gov 2.0 advocate. Previously involved with OpenAustralia, Canberra Coworking & Free Australia Wireless. Photographer, musician & foodie.

Areas of Expertise

User Experience Design, Design Thinking, Creative thinking, Empathic Research, Rapid Prototyping, Participatory Co-Design, Ideation Facilitation, Strategy , Leadership

Comments & conversations

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Nathanael Boehm
Posted over 1 year ago
Gever Tulley: 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do
Australian here. We visited Norway last year and it also stood out to us the difference in safety barriers, signs etc. It really felt like "If you're stupid enough to go too close to the edge or drive dangerously or not watch where you're going then it's probably best you see yourself out of the gene pool" It really felt like we had to take more responsibility and be more aware rather than expecting authorities to tell us where to stand, where not to walk. Oh, and we had an awesome holiday and can't wait to go back :)
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Nathanael Boehm
Posted almost 4 years ago
Do governments use complex language on purpose?
There are some things that need to be written in a legal language that properly describes the conditions and constraints of various policies to clamp down loopholes and prevent misinterpretation but there is nothing stopping them from overlaying that with a "plain English" version that makes sense to the layperson. I worked in government for 8 years and was on the side of those who wanted people to understand what we were saying rather than fall into the trap of bureaucratic speak ... and it really is just that, a trap - a culture that expects you to speak in vague and non-commital safe terms which only delay things getting done. You just get caught up in it - but people are pushing back from inside because public servants do genuinely want to help citizens, not screw around with endless policy reviews, crossing the t's and dotting the i's.
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Nathanael Boehm
Posted almost 4 years ago
Why should listening be taught as a skill in school?
I think it would be hard to isolate children in school from the noise and distractions of our current fast-paced hectic and scatterbrained world ... but I do believe we all need to slow down, take a deep breath and stop being in such a hurry. And it's entirely possible that training kids to be attentive, to be patient and not be in such a rush could very well disadvantage them in a work culture that expects people to run around like headless chickens.
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Nathanael Boehm
Posted almost 4 years ago
Nathan Myhrvold: Cooking as never seen before
Ok so not the typical sort of content I'd expect on TED but wow, loved this video and have got to get that book (or books) ... although if I'm reading it right, the price is about $450 so maybe not. But it's certainly carved out a niche for itself with it's combination of cooking art and science, infographics and mind-blowing photography, and has taken the beauty of the glossy printed page to the next level. Long live the book!