July 6, 2020

A new chapter in my story

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.

January 2, 2020

Experience, Commodities, and the American Dream

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.

Abstract mural with a rainbow of colors, with two concentric circles flipped 180 degrees, creating a sense of dissonance
February 9, 2019

Inclusion, joy, and superpowers

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.

May 14, 2018

Design and motherhood

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.

March 10, 2018

Strength in flexibility

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.

December 29, 2017

Designing for Humans

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.

December 7, 2016

A willingness to fail

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.

June 14, 2015

The empathy paradox

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 […]

November 4, 2014

Designer: It’s what you do not what you’re called

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 […]

March 9, 2013

User Types: The Tourists and The Explorers

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 […]