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As a design student, you regularly hear about the importance of a portfolio. But how do you start? It seems like most people already have one, and it can feel intimidating when you first hear “you need a portfolio”. While there are many guides on how to perfect a beautiful…


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Part memoir, part journal of scientific discovery, Rana el Kaliouby’s book, “Girl Decoded: A Scientist’s Quest to Reclaim Our Humanity by Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Technology”, details her journey as a young computer scientist with a desire to teach human emotion to computers in the early 2000s, when such a…


It took me two years in college to figure out I wanted to pursue UX. Once I decided to dive into UX, I had a year and a half left to prepare my resume and portfolio and find a job in the field. Here are some lessons and steps I…


This post is part of a series documenting my work on a pandemic-focused project with Big Foresight, a futurist meetup group created by Mike Courtney and Quyen Nguyen from Aperio Insights. While futurists typically look out 10+ years into the future, the current COVID-19 coronavirus situation requires planning for BIG changes in just the next few months. My role involves helping create foresight exercises for online workshops such as future wheels, archetypes of change and more to imagine what implications might be waiting for us when we emerge from this wave of disruption. Please start by reading Part 1.

In the third and fourth meetings of Post-pandemic Scenarios, we focused our efforts on helping the non-profit organization My Possibilities. My Possibilities serves adults with cognitive disabilities in Collin County and helps them through providing support, education and career opportunities. …


This post is part of a series documenting my work on a pandemic-focused project with Big Foresight, a futurist meetup group created by Mike Courtney and Quyen Nguyen from Aperio Insights. While futurists typically look out 10+ years into the future, the current COVID-19 coronavirus situation requires planning for BIG changes in just the next few months. My role involves helping create foresight exercises for online workshops such as future wheels, archetypes of change and more to imagine what implications might be waiting for us when we emerge from this wave of disruption. Please start by reading Part 1.

In our second meetup for Post-Pandemic Scenarios, we went through a series of futurist exercises to try and make sense of all the ideas we came up with in the first meetup.

What I Did

Assumptions and Reversals

Notes from the assumptions/reversals exercise

As a group, we came up with two pages of assumptions (things we assume to be true or…


This post is part of a series documenting my work on a pandemic-focused project with Big Foresight, a futurist meetup group created by Mike Courtney and Quyen Nguyen from Aperio Insights. While futurists typically look out 10+ years into the future, the current COVID-19 coronavirus situation requires planning for BIG changes in just the next few months. My role involves helping create foresight exercises for online workshops such as future wheels, archetypes of change and more to imagine what implications might be waiting for us when we emerge from this wave of disruption.

What I Did

Coggle Mind Map

In the first meetup for the pandemic series, I worked remotely with about forty other online participants in Coggle to map out post-pandemic patterns for the future. Our goal was to visualize what we thought the “new normal” might look like after the pandemic crisis ends.

What started out as…


This post is part of an independent study project. I am working with two professors on an ongoing research project about service design for education. My role involves developing materials for workshops where full-time, part-time and tenured educators can collaborate on curriculum development. Please start by reading Part 1 first.

This post marks the end of the Service Design for Education part of my independent study. I will share the last steps of my journey including what I did this week, what I have accomplished throughout the entire project and what my next steps are.

What I Did

This week I read The…


This post is part of an independent study project. I am working with two professors on an ongoing research project about service design for education. My role involves developing materials for workshops where full-time, part-time and tenured educators can collaborate on curriculum development. Please start by reading Part 1 first.

What I Did

This week was all about making adjustments, iterating and tweaking the card designs for improvements.

Testing with Real People

Asked people to hold the cards, observed their behavior and made note of questions they had

After having people physically hold the cards filled with content, I learned that the narrow margins led people to cover the edges of text with their thumbs. This finding informed a decision to increase the…


This post is part of an independent study project. I am working with two professors on an ongoing research project about service design for education. My role involves developing materials for workshops where full-time, part-time and tenured educators can collaborate on curriculum development. Please start by reading Part 1 first.

What I Did

InDesign

Over the past week I experimented with InDesign. I watched many tutorials, learned how to use data merge, how to display multiple records by using master pages (kind of, still learning), and worked out many bugs and errors along the way.

Pica

Usually I work with inches or pixels, but since…


This post is part of an independent study project. I am working with two professors on an ongoing research project about service design for education. My role involves developing materials for workshops where full-time, part-time and tenured educators can collaborate on curriculum development.

What I Did

Two weeks ago, I started watching Marc Stickdorn’s talk about service design. I browsed a few articles about service design to gain a basic understanding.

A few days later, I attended an event hosted by the local Service Design meetup group. …

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