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…

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…

The Potential of Role-Inclusive Designers

When we were in elementary school, most of us were disengaged or restless when our teacher switched subjects to one that wasn’t enjoyable nor personally easy to learn. Then, in…

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…

Starting Full-Time At A Place That Is Hard To Define

I knew I could grow there—fast. That’s how I respond when asked why I chose to work for SEP. Subsequently, my co-workers later told me they felt they ‘just knew’…

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…

Can you measure "quality"? (spoiler – yes you can!)

There are 3 main questions that I need to be able to answer in order to monitor a project. How many “thingies” can we get done each iteration? a.k.a. Velocity…

Can you measure “quality”? (spoiler – yes you can!)

There are 3 main questions that I need to be able to answer in order to monitor a project. How many “thingies” can we get done each iteration? a.k.a. Velocity…

All or Nothing – Blog Battle Post Number Three

Eeww. The phrase All or Nothing brings to mind other dramatic phrases, like Do or Die, Do or Do Not, To Be or Not to Be, and …. What was…

Lessons Learned in Automated UI Testing

Automated UI testing can be tricky and is very easy to do wrong.  At SEP we’ve done several projects using TestComplete; it is a nice tool, but the early days…