Building a Circle of Support: Letting others in, being vulnerable, and gaining self-awareness

Cue the “Meet the Parents” meme… We’ve all seen it, the awkward moment where Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro are in the dressing room and good ol’ future father-in-law…

EmaiI: A Different Kind of User Interface

EmaiI – A Different Kind of User Interface When I set out to make Apple Health Report, I knew I wanted more than just myself to be able to use…

Design Studios With A Team

Why Use Design Studios? Design studios by definition vary from place to place and shift when the participant roles and sizes are different. Since design studios are used to culminate…

Designers & Developers: Why We’re Better Together

I want to start by sharing that I was inspired by the infographic below from InVision to write this. This may appear at first to be a silly and hunky-dory…

CommunityHERO: A Lesson in Collaborative Design

Here at SEP, the PXT (product experience team) has been making a push for more collaborative design on the projects we’ve been involved in. By collaborative design I mean including…

My Process to Design Simplicity

I read John Maeda’s book The Laws of Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life a few months back because I was able to get it for free with my trial Audible…

So a UX Architect and a Software Engineer Had a Baby

On St. Patrick’s day this year, life forever changed for me and my husband, Aaron. A baby arrived in the world after months of planning. But nothing could have prepared…

Study Groups – Learning Together is Better

As I’ve mentioned before, professional development is a big deal at SEP. I love learning with other people. We’ve recently kicked off a new way (for us) to learn with other…

Professional Development at SEP

You’re always behind the curve. You can never catch up. There is no leading, you’re always chasing. That is what it feels like as a software engineer these days. Technology…

Why Does Every Pixel Matter?

Why is the UI designer making me move something just 1px over? Does that 1px even matter? The quick answer is yes, it does matter. I can give you the…

Why I Like Being an Interaction Designer

You know when people say, “I can see you as a (insert career title, oftentimes a common one and easy to define, here).”? Well, I never got Interaction Designer in…

Importance of User Research

Unfortunately, the word research has gotten a bad rep over the years. Someone hears research and suddenly they think high dollars and waste of resources. Most people think of it…

Meditations, Bitcoin as My Muse

So bitcoin. The Bitcoin innovation of using the block chain mechanism to allow trustless exchanges is the interesting part of bitcoin for me. I don’t really want to rehash the…

The Design Eye — Tool of the Designer Trade

One of the innate talents of a good designer in any design industry is having a good eye for design. But what does it mean to have a good eye…

Beware of Assumptions

We’ve all created a persona. We spend time empathizing with this future user of our product to ensure we see the product and experience through their eyes. We think through…

Graphic Design in the Next 25 Years

So much has changed in the field of graphic design in the past 25 years, and I’m sure much will change in the next 25. Maybe we will be able…