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My name is
Corey Vilhauer.

I am a user experience architect at Blend Interactive. I write here. I also write at Eating Elephant about content strategy, and occasionally at Kallax 365 about records. The W stands for Wayne.

Latest Posts

May 9, 2018

Last Month in Four Stumbling Blocks

A trip to Nashville, a post about dudes and music lists, Record Store Day, and trying to get my kids to understand good pop music.

May 1, 2018

The Best Worst Dog

A bit of a eulogy for a dog that I fought with, got angry at, and constantly struggled against — and in the end I’m still super sad and at a bit of a loss.

April 20, 2018

The Dudes In My Music Lists

On addressing the lack of diversity in my music lists, your music lists, and most music lists made by middle-aged men who grew up on punk rock and metal.

April 6, 2018

A Boing, Some Gulls, A Screech

Some first sounds, some old songs, some gulls to start it all out: one more monthly playlist, even if it’s just to get a chance to listen to more Laura Jane Grace.

April 3, 2018

Outside Hotel Windows

There’s always a lamp, a chair, a set of drawers. And there’s always windows. What’s outside the windows is the only thing that changes.

Selected Works

August 5, 2015The Pastry Box Project

While No Guitar Gently Weeps

The world continues to move even as you wander around, looking for inspiration, and the risk is always there: what happens when everyone passes you by, and what happens when you realize you never really cared in the first place?

February 28, 2012A List Apart

Audiences, Outcomes, and Determining User Needs

Every website needs an audience. And every audience needs a goal. How do we get to really know our audience and find out what these mystery users really want from our sites and applications?

May 2013Offscreen Magazine

Life In Folders

Commissioned thoughts on organizing photos, organizing files and folders, and organizing life.

January 14, 2014Black Marks on Wood Pulp

The Ocean

Thoughts on large bodies of water, the dream and desire to see the world, and the utter exhaustion of travelling for work when all you want to do is hang out at home and be a dad.

December 7, 2011Contents Magazine

A Content Methodology Primer

Content wants to be messy. It wants to roll around in the mud. It wants to be gross. Our job is to pull it together—to take the guesswork out of creating and curating it—and to treat content work as something closer to a science.

July 19, 2011Eating Elephant

Domain Knowledge: What You Need - Or Don't Need - To Know

As content strategists, we are expected to help our clients communicate the concepts, benefits and advantages of their company or industry. But we are not who our clients are. We do not possess the same amount of knowledge about their business. How do we bridge this gap?