Protagonist Studio

Good story makes good strategy.

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Carl Alviani

Writer and UX strategist. Co-founder of Protagonist Studio. Obsessed with design’s hidden consequences. Living in Amsterdam, with my heart in the PacNW.

Latest Posts

When Creative Briefs Die, What Takes Their Place?

Creative professionals want a seat at the table. This is what I’ve heard for over a decade now, whether I’m talking to designers, creative…

Attention is Precious. Stop Squandering It.

Remember how gasoline we used to waste because it was practically free? That was a bad idea.

The Bright Side of Self-Deception

When the facts don’t fit our narrative, we often change the facts. Sometimes that’s a good thing.

The Science Behind Storytelling

Our brains are hardwired for narrative. Now we’re starting to understand why.

Listening to Machines

A healthy relationship with AI begins with respecting its otherness.

Welcome to Protagonist

An experiment in design storytelling.

Our Online Behavior is a Design Problem

The internet has gotten meaner and less trustworthy, but there is hope.

Uber Learned the Hard Way: Transparency Rules the Sharing Economy

Uber’s much-loathed surge pricing policy has prompted accusations of price gouging, market manipulation and worse. And all of it despite…

Just Easy Enough

“How simple should this be?” is a question designers don’t ask nearly enough.

Narrative is the Most Powerful Design Tool You’re Not Using

Designers love to call themselves storytellers. So where are the stories?

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