While growing up in Western PA, like most kids, I grew up loving and playing football and becoming a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. As NFL devotees, we endured a surreal 2020 football season with the pandemic from empty stands replaced by cardboard fans to injury reports containing COVID19 infections. Yet, with all its quirks, I’m grateful for the season; it was one of the few activities that provided us a bit of comfort and a sense of normalcy.
A few of my beloved reads in no particular order
A few resources I created for use on your next project.
Early on in my career, I didn't particularly enjoy writing and could not bring myself to do it. I found it burdensome and a chore. Over time, however, I have come to appreciate and enjoy the craft. Admittedly, it took some time to truly feel comfortable and confident in writing. Through a bit of practice and a few useful tools, I’ve discovered that pouring your thoughts into written form helps to structure your thoughts and strengthen your voice. Moreover, empowering you to eloquently express thoughts and communicate effectively.
Along the way, I’ve relied on some tools to enable me to…
Designing product (app or web) experiences can be challenging, if not daunting. As designers, we strive to design to solve problems through effective design, while at the same time, serve user needs elegantly and delightfully. As part of our crafted solution, we are asked to support a growing constellation of devices and touchpoints that our users desire. Accordingly, we are expected to gracefully balance quality and contextual orchestration, which is no small feat.
As an example, consider Sophia, a young adult interested in fitness and working out with friends. On her laptop, she shops and learns about Peloton and its…
Over the years of crafting experiences, I’ve learned a bit about what works and doesn’t when delivering them. I’ve kept these learnings in post-its, notebooks, or in memory. Recently, I was inspired to draft and share these principles with the hope they can help you with your next project or inspire your teammates. By no means are the principles comprehensive or novel, but I believe they can serve to guide your or your team’s imagination.
In the next few months, I hope to express real-work examples and useful resources for each principle.
Think of your experience as an orchestrated arrangement…
Design is a bit mysterious and magical for most people outside of our profession. Most folks recognize the impact of good design, although rarely do they appreciate the ingredients, skills, efforts, and individual roles involved in its delivery. Often, people will notice the visual aspects (aesthetics, motion, etc.) of a design deliverable. However, they will often overlook distinct contributions and roles (e.g., user research, content strategy, interaction design, testing, etc.). …
A few months ago, the Amazon Design team invited me to attend a Amazon Design Open House in Seattle. I accepted, and this post is the result of what I learned and observed at this motivational event.
It was a whirlwind of a day…filled with insightful speakers, a formal lunch with Amazon Design Leaders, a tour of a few Amazon locations, and a social mixer where I had a chance to meet and mingle with members from design teams across Amazon. My observations and insights from this inspirational opportunity are categorized below in three groups:
Design Focus — Key Strategies…
The moment Medium was released, I fell in love with its elegance and simplicity. Their platform has reimagined the way people share and consume thoughts. I’ve been consistently impressed with Medium’s continued success growing its platform. Okay, you probably know they’re awesome, so why should I use them?
I’ve used numerous services (Carbonmade, Adobe Portfolio, Squarespace, etc.)—each with incredible capabilities and features. However, I couldn’t find that perfect tool that felt right for my needs and time constraints. I’m a product designer and technologist at heart. When showcasing my work, it is essential that I express a story describing my…
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School districts were struggling to deliver and gain adoption with a growing spectrum of tools and experiences. Frustrated parents, students, teachers, and community members experienced a fragmented and confusing solution offering. School districts needed a way to blend their offerings into a unified digital experience.
As an organization, Blackboard (Formerly Schoolwires) realized it was unable to serve all the needs of each school district. However, considering Blackboard served as the portal for the school district, it made sense to implement an extensible framework…