Junior: my 7-year companion

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 in community, experience design, user research
Junior: my 7-year companion

The content of this post would normally be reduced to a pin on my “Products I love”  Pinterest board, but I felt like expanding for design evangelism sake. Many friends have asked me for ergonomic chair advice over the years and here’s what I tell them. I began a thorough search during my 2nd year […]

What Makes a Great Tea Shop

Posted on May 31, 2013 in community, design process, experience design, Strategy
What Makes a Great Tea Shop

Recently, the tea shop up the street, the only tea shop of its kind in Austin, closed down its brick and mortar shop and is focusing its efforts online. I was surprised by my own mix of emotions: vexation and a lack of confidence in the owners’ commitment to running a successful tea shop and […]

SXSW’13 Provides Bigger and Busier Offering … and Free Food!

Posted on Apr 1, 2013 in Blog, community, experience design
SXSW’13 Provides Bigger and Busier Offering … and Free Food!

This most recent SXSW proved to be an exciting week, with energy and optimism that was palpable on every street corner. The Interactive Weekend really kicked off with the annual frogdesign opening party, which was touted as a social experiment of sorts. Many major tech brands—such as Google, Blackberry, and Mashable—set up camp and lured visitors with exciting new […]

The Potential of Pinterest

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 in community, experience design, Strategy
The Potential of Pinterest

A friend and I were discussing our mutual love for and activity on Pinterest. The funny thing was that her experience to the site was limited to a mobile app and mine to a ‘desktop’ web experience. So, our experience and perspectives were quite unique. She showed me how she scrolls through images of pins from people […]

Case Study: Designing at Boarding School

My experience with a small international school in the NL started one cold November day in 2010. My husband (a teacher) was invited to have a chat about their opening in the English department and they hoped to recruit the pair of us as houseparents a struggling boarding house. Many discussions later, we agreed to […]

Can I move anywhere I want?

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 in community, Strategy
Can I move anywhere I want?

I’ve just returned from a fabulous year abroad in Europe and am trying to decide in which city I’ll be planting roots for awhile. In an article in the paper this morning I was reminded again of how promising Austin’s job market was and how resistant to unemployment it’s been during this recession (6.9%). But […]

Build a post, let the public create the rest

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 in community, environmental design
Build a post, let the public create the rest

  [Amsterdam] Creative intervention at Westergasfabriek. These are your basic metal bike poles that people have created wool “socks” for. The Westergasfabriek hosts a number of community arts events (Sunday market) as well as being home to many creative businesses. I just love that each pole is different: it helps you remember where you parked […]

What if: America’s Top Graphic Designer

Posted on Dec 28, 2010 in community, design process, Education, Strategy

I’ve been catching up on my Project Runway (the season that happened while I was planning my wedding) and feeling quite inspired. Inspired that due to my youth, I’m more risk-tolerant and able to learn through failure. Thankful that I’ve been able to live my dream and go to school and be mentored under some […]