Author

Senongo Akpem

Senongo Akpem is a designer and illustrator, and the founder of Pixel Fable, a collection of interactive African stories. He speaks and writes about digital storytelling, transmedia, and cross-cultural design issues. Senongo grew up in Nigeria, lived in Japan for almost a decade, and now lives in New York.

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Network Access: Finding and Working with Creative Communities

Real creative change can happen. And is happening and thriving—just outside our usual circles. Senongo Akpem talks about how the design community has changed, and how venturing further afield can help us push the “Reset” button.

Dealing with Difficult Workshop Attendees

What do you do when your carefully planned workshop starts going off the rails? Senongo Akpem shares a few strategies for handling stressful workshop situations.

Selecting Effective Workshop Tasks

You've identified your goals, set an an agenda, and invited attendees, now the fun begins. Senongo Akpem shows how to pick the best workshop tasks to achieve your goals.

Planning and Organizing Workshops

Good workshops start long before you get everyone in the room. By setting goals, creating an agenda, and communicating early and often with your attendees, Senongo Akpem shows how you can set your workshop up for success.

Using Roleplay to Prepare Design Managers

Practice makes perfect, but how do you help your team practice difficult conversations? Senongo Akpem shows how roleplay can help new managers learn useful techniques and gain confidence for those tough discussions ahead.

Mentoring Junior Designers

Mentorship isn't magic; training doesn't just happen. You need a clear process in place to train junior team members and give them the skills they need to grow. Senongo Akpem shares his process for asking questions and tailoring projects to match a team member's abilities.

Designing for Non-Native Speakers

Half of all web pages are in English, but only about 28 percent of people using the internet speak English as a first language. Fortunately, designing for non-native English speakers doesn't have to come with a huge price tag. Senongo Akpem shares three straightforward strategies for making your sites and apps more usable for non-native speakers.

Building Nonlinear Narratives for the Web

The web operates in ways that can conflict with our traditional view of what a “story” is. Content is chunked, mixed, and spread across channels, devices, and formats. How do we understand story lines, characters, interactions, and the role of the audience, given this information sprawl? Cue nonlinear narratives—Senongo Akpem guides us past basic “scrolly-telling” to immersive, sometimes surprising experiences.