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Some of my thoughts on design, life, and code. Oh, and slowly collecting all of my event live-tweeting!

Getting Design a Seat at the Table – Designer Hangout AMA

This week’s Designer Hangout AMA was all about getting cultural changes relating to UX at established companies, especially at a non-traditional tech company! That’s always a plus when trying to learn actionable things I can apply to my government job! 😉 Here are my tweets from the AMA, with Bobby Meeks at AutoZone. (Yup, that Autozone!) [View the… Read More »

SoCal Code Camp 2016 – the UX/PM edition!

SoCal Code Camp 2016 took place at USC, which was nice because it was a quick train ride on the Expo Line. This was my second time speaking, and I learned a ton! Every time I go and do this, it gets easier. (Hence all the Toastmaster-ing!) SoCal Code Camp is great because they open it… Read More »

World Usability Day LA 2016 – Green UX & VR

I dare say UXPALA put on a great event, connecting user experience, sustainability, and virtual reality! It was an honor to introduce my Toastmasters friend (and club president) Jonathan “The Zero Waste Guy” Levy to non-Toastmasters public speaking. He did a fantastic job at explaining how his business of making companies more green helps streamline… Read More »

Code for America Summit 2016, Day 2

Trying to survive this conference with a cold that got worse throughout the week, but whatever it takes to improve government services, I say! Wouldn’t have missed it for the world. (We have things for colds, like daily neti pot sinus rinses and Ricola cough drops! Definite lifesavers.) My tweets from the day: [View the… Read More »

Code for America Summit 2016, Day 1

My first time hanging out with other govtech folks! My people! Sometimes it feels like we’re islands completely cut off from the outside world, but the Code for America Summit was a fantastic chance of connecting with others. It was so eye-opening to meet people from other cities doing what I’m doing. Some who have… Read More »

Code for America Summit 2016 – IDEO workshop

My first foray into the Code for America Summit! To be honest, I expected something different from a “How might we?” session, which I’ve done before (and with IDEO to boot, at Stanford Medicine X), but really, any opportunity to work with IDEO folks is always inspiring. I’m endlessly impressed at how they’re effortlessly creative, and effectively… Read More »

Ask “Why?”

Ever feel so tired and stressed, you can’t figure out how you ended up doing what you’re doing? Between work and / or school, family, friends, errands of adult life, we are running from one thing to another, not having a second to stop and take a breather. We just can’t afford the time. “It’s… Read More »

Git for non-developers (and total newbies)

If you’re just here for the quick references, click here! If you are in any way associated with code, you will likely be tasked to learn Git sooner or later. After all, not all updates to code require a developer’s expertise. If you just need to go in and change some wording to a webpage,… Read More »

Hyper-us

How many of you have a smartphone? How many of you sleep with it next to your bed at night? Don’t be shy! Pew Research says 44% of smartphone owners have done exactly that. Marketing research has also shown that 75% of smartphone owners use their smartphones in the bathroom. Clearly, we love being connected, all… Read More »

How I did user research on hitRECord, from user-generated content

Let’s be honest here. “User research” seems like this giant mysterious thing that you can only have if your company has a dedicated UX department with trained UX researchers, and the financial resources to pay users generously for their time in talking with you. If you don’t have that, might as well throw up your hands… Read More »