Hey, Brian here! 👋🏼
I’m a writer at heart & designer by trade, helping (tech) creators use their superpowers for good.
Have a Look at My Book
📖 The Creative Empathy Field Guide
Hats I wear include keynote speaker, actor, podcaster, and UX consultant. Over the last 21 years, I’ve worked with around 50 clients, coached 21 startups, and traveled to 12 countries to give talks & teach classes.
💚 More love, less fear
🏝 More nature, less screen time
🧘🏽♀️ More attention, less distraction
🤝 More compassion, less division
You can usually find me on a stage, trail, beach, boat, or dance floor (not too far from good coffee).
Keep choosing love, dear one!
Book: The Creative Empathy Field Guide (2020)
Podcast: MindFolk (2020-present)
Most Popular Blog Posts
Udemy (2017) How to Make Stuff People Love
Bootcamp (2022) Creative Empathy for Product Design
Toptal Blog (2022) Digging Deeper: A Practical Guide to Creative Empathy for Product Design
Toptal Blog (2019) The Future of UX Is Our Humanity
UX Collective (2018) So long, User Experience… hello, Human Experience
UX Collective (2018) Public Speaking: Four Habits for Anyone
Prototypr.io (2016) The Basics of Effective Journey Mapping
UX Magazine (2016) Four Things Great Designers Care About
Maastricht University Blog (2016) Lean Startup MVP: How To Make Meaningful Products
UX Collective (2014) Emotional Objects and Why We Love Them
Mashable (2013) 4 Myths About User Experience — And How to Bust Them
UX Magazine (2013) Four Myths About UX and How to Bust Them
UX Magazine (2012) New Design Practices for Touch-free Interactions
Rijnen, Wil & Pagán, Brian & Ying, Li & Zhang, Zhihui & Gredina, Natalia. (2009). Future Workspace: Supporting Mobile Workers.
Pagán, Brian & de Voogt, Alex. (2008). Gyroplane Accidents 1985–2005: Epidemiological Analysis and Pilot Factors in 223 Events. Aviation, space, and environmental medicine. 79. 983-5. 10.3357/ASEM.2239.2008.
Pagán, Brian & de Voogt, Alex & Doorn, Robert. (2006). Ultralight aviation accident factors and latent failures: A 66-case study. Aviation, space, and environmental medicine. 77. 950-2.
Pagán, Brian. (2006). Positive Contributions of Constructivism to Educational Design. Europe’s Journal of Psychology. 2. 10.5964/ejop.v2i1.318.
Song, Lauren (2022) Own Your Health: The State of Connected Medical Devices. Toptal Design Blog
Toptal (2022) Bringing an entrepreneurial mindset to business builders everywhere. Toptal Case Studies
Stillman, Daniel (2022) The Conversation Factory Book Club: The Creative Empathy Field Guide with Brian Pagán. The Conversation Factory
Link, Jeff (2022) Are Push Notifications Driving Your Users Away?. Built In
Marin, Dana (2018) Bringing out the Spectacle in IT: Anton and Brian from Computer Drama. Amsterdamian
Marin, Dana (2018) Peeking Behind the Curtains: a Theatre Rehearsal with Computer Drama. Amsterdamian
Kryuchkova, Julia (2018) Interview with Brian Pagán. ProfsoUX
Belam, Martin (2011) iPads, kids and design lessons for adults – Wouter Sluis-Thiescheffer & Brian Pagán at EuroIA 2011. currybet.net
Wise, Jeff (2010) Are Gyroplanes Deathtraps or Fun Flying Machines?. Popular Mechanics