Corey Vilhauer

User Experience Strategist
“I’m pretty sure I now know more about Alexander Hamilton than I know about my own kids.”

Corey took the unconventional path to becoming a writer — his degree in biology education is proof enough — but it was through a self-built blog that still exists to this day where he found his calling on the web.

Why science? The definitive nature of it, Corey says. The fact that we’re constantly learning life’s intricacies, and that the details help us understand not only the nature of the world, but also the very nature of learning itself. It’s why he still gets excited to pick up new skills, or to teach clients, or to discover the critical organizational nuances within a business.

He’ll circle the bike trail a few times a week. He’s ridden (nearly) across Iowa. He used to write a column about beer, and now he writes every day about records. He’s a long ways from that initial blog, sure. That we all change is a given — there’s a copy of Pet Sounds on Corey’s turntable that serves as a gigantic, scratchy example. But that change is what drives us to be better. To keep looking for answers. To adapt and keep learning.

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“The Self-Directed Strategist” — Confab 2016

  • Corey Vilhauer
  • May. 21 2016

Blend’s User Experience Strategist Corey Vilhauer spoke this week at Confab Central 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota about building a content strategy practice and managing organizational change.

Tools, Dependence, and My War with the Road

  • Corey Vilhauer
  • Sep. 04 2015

A crash. A revelation. A few thoughts on what happens when our tools fail us - and how we can start to become better learners.

“Small CS: A Shoestring Approach to Content Strategy” — Now What? Conference 2015

  • Corey Vilhauer
  • Apr. 30 2015

The discussion around content strategy is framed by large examples, but it’s also the work of regional organizations, small universities, and mom and pop stores. Corey Vilhauer talks about how to take it on.

The Web of Questions

  • Corey Vilhauer
  • Dec. 12 2013

Our web is a complicated web, because people are complicated beings. So we depend on asking questions – for clarity, yes, but also for education and inclusion.

Smashing Book #4: New Perspectives on Web Design

  • Corey Vilhauer
  • Nov. 26 2013

User Experience Strategist Corey Vilhauer is featured in a new book from Smashing Magazine: Smashing Book #4: New Perspectives on Web Design.

Audiences, Outcomes, and Determining User Needs

  • Corey Vilhauer
  • Feb. 28 2012

Every website needs an audience. And every audience needs a goal. Advocating for end-user needs is the very foundation of the user experience disciplines. Corey Vilhauer explains the threads that bind UX research to content strategy and project deliverables that deliver.

Empathy and Content Strategy

  • Corey Vilhauer
  • Oct. 11 2012

Our goal as web practitioners is to create a site that’s easy for the end user to navigate and participate within. But are we ensuring the same thing for the site’s editors?

Building a Content Strategy Methodology in Several Thousand Easy Steps

  • Corey Vilhauer
  • May. 27 2011

We all want a methodology - a guide to doing what we are going to do. But how do we make one?