The pandemic has given many Americans a shared set of uncomfortable feelings as we collectively navigate a new way of life. Isolation, stress, and anxiety reign, but we’re also learning to live with and name new, more subtle feelings as well: loss for our usual way of life, which we were expecting to continue without interruption; the unknown of when, or if, things will return to normal; a feeling that we’ve been forced to hit “pause” on normal life; being compelled to wait.

Infertility makes me well-acquainted with these feelings. I’ve become an expert at grieving for the life I…


In the wake of The Verge’s article about the dangerous pitfalls of Lambda School, I wanted to give some commonsense advice about how to choose a design or coding bootcamp. I spend a lot of time talking to people looking to transition into tech, and since I’ve attended a part-time course, full-time bootcamp, and taught a remote, part-time course, I have plenty of insight into what works and what doesn’t.

If you’re not even sure that a bootcamp is right for you, check out my previous piece about common misconceptions. …


In the wake of The Verge’s article about the dangerous pitfalls of Lambda School, I wanted to give some commonsense advice about how to choose a design or coding bootcamp. I spend a lot of time talking to people looking to transition into tech, and since I’ve attended a part-time course, full-time bootcamp, and taught a remote, part-time course, I have plenty of insight into what works and what doesn’t.

If you’re not even sure that a bootcamp is right for you, check out my previous piece about common misconceptions. …


Recently I met up with someone who attending my talk, Designing Against Domestic Violence, and was interested in learning more about the space and people doing similar work. When I started digging into this area a little over a year ago, I knew people working on the topic must be out there, but I struggled to find them. I also struggled to find relevant research and articles about tech-facilitated domestic violence and similar issues. To help my new friend, I agreed to put together a list of people to follow on twitter and a list of articles and studies. Here…


Individual action isn’t enough to spur the paradigm shift we need

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Nearly every tech conference right now has at least one, if not many, sessions about ethics: Ethics in artificial intelligence, introductions to data ethics, why letting the internet go to sleep is the ethical thing to do, or just plain integrating the basics of ethics into your design. We as a community are doing a great job raising questions about the implications of technology and spreading awareness to our communities about the potential for harm.

I should know — I’m one of the speakers doing it. My talk, “Designing Against Domestic Violence,” has been accepted to more conferences than I…


This afternoon, I took my place in line exited to see what exactly Happy Place, which Timeout calls “a pop-up funhouse for adults,” would entail. I had read about a ball pit for grownups and the promise of “standing in the middle of the world’s largest indoor confetti dome surrounded by half a million pieces of confetti” and was amped. It was going to be so fun! …


There are needs and there are wants, and sometimes it can be hard to separate which is which. A useful activity for me when I was first starting my minimalism journey was reading about items people don’t own. Before reading about people living without a toaster, I had never really though about getting rid of my toaster. It’s much easier to imagine a reality that someone else has already created. So, a few years into my own journey towards minimalism, here is my list of things I don’t have:

  1. A Microwave

Once you live without one, you get used to…


This is for anyone who is thinking about applying to a coding/design bootcamp or has recently been accepted. After I graduated from General Assembly’s (GA) User Experience Design Immersive, as well as completed their part-time course in front end web development, I got a lot of people asking me if it had been worth it, looking for advice on a specific program, and worrying that they wouldn’t be able to do it. I decided to do a proper write-up of my answers, as well as dive a little deeper into the ways people can be successful at bootcamps. I also…


Urban Leash is a Chicago start-up that provides on-demand dog walking and cat sitting. Their flexible offerings are built around an understanding of busy pet owners that is lacking among other dog walking companies, making their service unique and much-appreciated by Chicago’s pet-loving professionals.

Challenge

My team and I were challenged to improve the overall usability of the current app as well as to explore a new feature: allowing dog walkers to create their own pages and market themselves to new clients, as well as letting clients view and select their walkers. …


This project challenged me to create a solution for a common problem: the way photo-taking interrupts our time with friends and family, causes strife between the photographer and those being photographed, and the overall negative experience of being with that friend or family member who insists on taking many, many photos in an effort to get the perfect shot.

Opportunity

The opportunity to create a solution for photo-taking that doesn’t interrupt people’s time together was was twofold: I could simultaneously help obsessive photo-takers get the pictures they crave while also making the experience of being photographed something that was more pleasant and did not disrupt people’s time together.

My Role

UX Research & iOS design

Constraints

11 days

Introduction

Most people have someone in their lives who is what I call an “obsessive photo-taker” — someone who is always shooting with their camera or smart phone, who photographs mundane events and requests posed photos with multiple takes to get the right one. …

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Tech | Design | Code | Feminism | Minimalism

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