The AdobeMAX conference was last week and in addition to taking place virtually this year, it was also free for the first time ever(??). …

Just over a week ago I participated in my first hackathon. As an early career designer, I was equally excited about the opportunity to gain more experience and the prospect of participating in a design challenge with a team of other designers and engineers to solve a problem. …

A wooden pathway through the woods on a fall day.
Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash

If there was ever an instance where a Happy Path was needed, the year 2020 is that instance though there’s a real case to be made that all the data and information was there to at least make the path happier, shorter and without shutting down an economy, but the…

I initially wrote about Psychology in Design as it related to the overlap between interior design and product design but now I’m exploring it as it relates to design strategy. We know that design decisions are based in large part on who our users are, how they behave, their goals…

The power of microcopy

I remember the first time some microcopy made it past my subconscious and made me stop and take notice. I happened to be scrolling through my apps that had updates available. …

*disclaimer: everyone’s experience is [same same but] different.

“The toughest job you’ll ever love” is the unofficial slogan of the Peace Corps and what we would jokingly toss at each other when we were riding in an overloaded furgon (vans that acted as a cross between a taxi and a…

Going back to my love of psychology, learning the fine art of creating and implementing a user testing plan was a real brain treat during my bootcamp. It took some trial and error before I was able to get a good grasp on the differences between a usability test and…

This was the post in the series that I’ve been looking forward to writing the most because it’s my favorite topic: psychology in design. The human brain is a fascinating place and I’ve always been captivated by the way it works. …

People walking in a crosswalk in a city.
Photo by Chuttersnap

When I began the Flatiron UX/UI Design course, I discovered that I’d already learned the core tenets of user-centered design, I just didn’t know them by that name. User-centered design incorporates the needs of the users at each stage of the design process. …

A vegetable peeler with a wide rubber handle that is easy to grasp for everyone.
The OXO Good Grips Vegetable Peeler — Photo from the MoMA

I’m sure you’re wondering what’s up with the vegetable peeler. I’ll explain later. Of all the transferable knowledge I brought from my interior design education, the topic of accessibility was both the most surprising and exciting. The topic of accessibility in design was something that my professors at Kansas State…

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