Design milk: an evening w argodesign

Posted on Apr 28, 2016 in Blog, Education, experience design

It’s fun to peak into another studio, see their presentation style (and templates) and hear them talk about their work. I paid particular attention to the style of typography, the sizing, formatting, choice of imagery and pacing of the story. Project brief, goals, methodology, research findings, solution, result. And also the content. Obviously. Mark Rolston […]

Unplug Thoreau-Style: how technology helps us simplify

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 in consumer insights, experience design, technology
Unplug Thoreau-Style: how technology helps us simplify

I loved the article Simply Your Tech Life, Thoreau-Style in last weekend’s WSJ. The author draws parallels between the 20-something Thoreau who was living with his parents and took a few months “off the grid” to reflect on modern society and write. From this experience, we got Walden, filled with “19th-century transcendentalist” musings that the […]

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 […]

Have a seat, eat a sandwich

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 in architecture, experience design
Have a seat, eat a sandwich

[Barcelona] Wandering down a narrow passageway in the old city center in Barcelona, my husband and I got very tired. Fortunately Barcelona is packed with little public courtyards that often feature benches and tables (and offer shade!) We came across this multi-functional bench/table with a beautiful laser-cut detail to boot. I love the color as […]

Information Design at Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia

Information Design at Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia

[Barcelona] Award winning design on site of the church that’s taken over a century to build. The numbers on the placard correspond to audio clips that visitors can access on a headset provided at the entrance (for a fee). The tour is marked by a series of checkpoints that give detailed information about that section […]

Walibi World

Posted on Jul 27, 2011 in experience design

  Sunblock: check. Picnic lunch: check. Extra meds for aches & pain: check. We’re ready for the Walibi World Saturday activity. These Saturday activities are challenging for several reasons. One is that our students range in age from 12 to 18. What satisfies, delights and captures the attention of our 12 year old boy (also […]