What do a handmade jacket and a digital MVP have in common? The pride of making progress
When I set out to learn a new craft, I experienced a phenomenon that shifted my perspective on how both novices and experts approach their work.
Should I be a unicorn?
While everyone may want a “unicorn designer,” it’s important to think about the implications of this idea on the designer-developer relationship.
Making others win
As designers, we all have superpowers. As a design leader, it’s my job to draw those superpowers out, both from individuals and from teams.
Silences, pauses, and other research tools
Sensing his discomfort, I wanted to move on to the next question. But I waited. A few seconds. And a few more seconds. And then, Manoj spoke.
The new home of QuickBooks Design
Behavioral science should be in your designer toolkit
As designers, we put so much thought and care into our designs before they go out in the world. Once out in the wild, our designs are used by people who don’t always behave the way we expect them to.
Why learn Hindi? It’ll make you a better designer
In 2011, I traveled to India from my home in small-town Texas to study Hindi. A question I often got was, “Why Hindi?” The answer: empathy.
How a bar of soap inspired a new design path
I had ordered a bar of soap on Etsy because of how cool it looked. I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but I snapped a photo of it anyway.
Designers are meant to be loved, not to be understood.Margaret Oscar, designer
Making accounting matter to designers at Intuit
If you randomly selected a highly trained designer and asked them to create a workflow for “bank reconciliations,” it’s unlikely they would know where to start, no matter how experienced they are. But at Intuit, designers have to live in that world.
How inclusivity actually happens
Inclusive language is not somebody else’s project, it’s our project.
Can a comic book change how we design?
If only we all started working on something at the same time, imagine the impact each team member could make, not to mention the benefit to our customers.
Designing with HEART (and data)
Data-driven design is the process of developing or improving a product based on things you can measure.
Growing through some things as a new design manager
Being a manager is a lot. Not gonna lie to you, it’s not always fun either. But you don’t need to know everything, everywhere, all at once.
Product design your dinner like a pro
Somewhere between lists of pricey ingredients, pop-up video ads for things I don’t need, and thinking about ordering take-out again and bruising my wallet, I admit defeat. I’m completely over this dinner problem.
How my ADHD makes me a better designer
Understanding my neurodiversity has been a gift—both in my personal life and in my career as a content designer.
How to tackle being a big-tech design intern
Will I make it through 8-hour days? Will I wake up early enough to join 9 AM meetings? Will I still have time for my summer plans? The answer to this is yes, barely, and yes.
OOO SOS: Make your out-of-office message mean something
Your bags are packed, accommodations sorted, pets placated. There’s just one more thing between you and some well-earned time off: crafting your out-of-office message (OOO).