I’m excited, through a bit nervous, to share that I am taking a big leap: co-founding BookClub, a platform to help us learn, grow, and experience our world through life changing conversations, centered around books and the authors themselves.
The value we ascribe to experiences has a fetish-like quality, ascribing far more value that the worth of the inputs it takes to create it. This has dangerous repercussions on how we live, consume, and interact with the world around us.
Motown may be known for its hits, but its success is largely owed to its creative, and highly collaborative culture. The principles that founder Berry Gordy designed his business around are relevant to any creative organization. They inspire me, and I hope they inspire you too.
Our differences are our superpowers: traits that allow us to experience the world in a manner that is special and unique. Through inclusive design, we have the privilege of empowering people to discover their own super powers, to live authentically, and to fully experience the world in radical ways.
I've seen others express concern that becoming a parent will negatively affect their career. Certainly, there are examples of toxic companies that only want to hire 20-somethings with no children or worldly commitments (though why anyone would fund leadership with such short-sighted expectations is beyond me). Parenthood teaches you ways of thinking about, reacting to, and experiencing life that you can never understand until you're in it.
Flexibility, combined with a strong foundation, makes us more resilient. The next time you're facing a tough situation, feeling threatened, or standing your ground, pause. Consider whether flexibility may help you around the conflict.
When designing for humans, we recognize the innate differences that each person embodies while accounting for the absolute similarities that all humans share: a sensitivity to group dynamics, emotional stimulation, positive feedback, and familiarity.
As designers, we have to see failure as an opportunity. We must be willing to expose ourselves to criticism and change. To know that version A-L may not be accepted, but version M will be phenomenal. By being willing to fail, we are constantly pushing ourselves forward.
Empathy is so hot right now. Whether you're a user experience professional, visual designer, marketer, developer, empathy is the new skill to have. Unfortunately, like most buzz words that become jargon, the value of the word is being lost in the noise. What really is empathy? The first definition that may likely come to mind is […]
As designers, we spend far too much time analyzing how to refer to ourselves. "Product designer, UX/UI designer, visual designer, full-stack designer, lead designer of products"...do any of these really tell you about the person behind the title? If you saw a resume with one of these titles at the top, would it shape your […]
User research is paramount to a well-balanced design process. It helps us create and implement interfaces that adhere to the needs and expectations of our users. But how do we adjust for different behavioral patterns amongst that group? People tend to fall into one of two categories - thinkers and doers; cautious and impulsive; perceptive […]