The mind of a designer isn’t always pretty

The mind of a designer isn’t always pretty

Quick background before I dive into my exercise

I was having one of those particularly groggy days, the kind of day where it felt like my brain only wanted to operate in “Saturday mode” but I needed a quick dose of creativity. I came across this cool website that generates design prompts for whiteboard exercises. I decided to forgo the whiteboard and attempt to capture my thought process in writing.

What follows is my unedited “steam of consciousness”Questions I’d normally ask and steps I‘d take to solve a “unique problem”. It's also a pretty “wacky” design prompt that ended up being fun to think through.

I allowed myself 20 minutes for this “thought exercise” and definitely left some territory uncovered.

UX | Don’t make me register: a thermometer & parenting story

UX | Don’t make me register: a thermometer & parenting story

Life is unexpected

This morning my husband and I woke to get our daughter ready for daycare. I was planning out my workday when we realized she felt “hot to the touch.” Being a daycare baby, we’re used to colds and other bugs coming home. But never a temperature, so we took out our trusty thermometer, and it read 101. Not entirely convinced, we searched around for a backup thermometer (to let us know the first one had obviously malfunctioned).

Spring is here!

Spring is here!

Spring is my absolute favorite season. It always feels like change is in the air and who doesn't love that extra hour of daylight? It also happens to coincide with the annual South by Southwest Interactive festival in Austin, TX. There's so much that happens during those 5 days that it usually takes me a day or three to distill the good information. There are so many topics to cover but today I will just focus on one - IBM.