Commonplace book: a unique compilation of knowledge, usually collected into a book and used as an aid for remembering useful concepts or facts one has learned. This is my "design process" commonplace book.

Sketchnote: Man on the Move

Posted on Feb 26, 2012 in design process, sketchnote
Sketchnote: Man on the Move

Practicing drawing people in motion. These super simplified stick figures help give a sense of motion and are a quick-bad way to get thoughts on paper.

Sketch: Henna!

Posted on Feb 24, 2012 in sketchnote
Sketch: Henna!

Sketchnote: Faces

Posted on Feb 24, 2012 in design process, sketchnote, user research
Sketchnote: Faces

A little sketch of a bunch of different faces. It’s great to practice a range of hairstyles and facial expressions (next phase) for quick notes and demonstrations.

Sketchnote: flyer for meeting

Posted on Feb 24, 2012 in design process, sketchnote
Sketchnote: flyer for meeting

A little sketch for a poster I designed. I often made little sketches during meetings to identify key information and relevant imagery.

Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose

Posted on Feb 16, 2012 in Mentorship, Strategy
Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose

I just watched a great TED talk from 2009 where Dan Pink makes the case for better models of incentives & punishments. This is helpful to understand. But the really interesting part is how leadership teams, business owners and entrepreueneurs implement it. Pink shows that traditional carrot & stick modes don’t work for out-of-the-box creative […]

Small design thoughts from an afternoon selling sausage

Posted on Feb 6, 2012 in consumer insights, user research
Small design thoughts from an afternoon selling sausage

My friend who’s a food-broker had a worker fall through, so I got to be your favorite girl at the grocery store: the sample girl! Here’s some thoughts I had after a day in aisle 7. Setting the table The setup was basic: the chicken sausage was displayed slices and served on two plates (two […]

Why Magazines are still relevant

Posted on Feb 3, 2012 in consumer insights, Strategy
Why Magazines are still relevant

  I’m trying to decide which magazines (if any) I would like to subscribe to. But with shelves full of back issues of Vogue, Lucky and Azure magazine that I just can’t throw away, I wonder if this is the best use of money and space. After all, Google Reader provides way more content to […]

Copy-cat “Look and Feel”

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 in consumer insights, Strategy

I’m searching for the nearest health foods store and I find a shop called GNC which looks uncomfortably similar to GMC So my question is, Why would the health foods store want to emulate the look & feel of the branding for GMC, one of the largest, well-known car manufacturers in the world? Or was […]

Generally speaking, I am T-shaped special!

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 in design process
Generally speaking, I am T-shaped special!

There’s a lot of talk about the “Tshaped” individual—someone who specialized in one major discipline and has breadth in many other areas. T people are great collaborators during the brainstorm and ideation phase of a project and can also expertly ‘get things done’ in the execution phase. I have always desired to be a well rounded person. […]

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 […]