A few weeks back I was listening to The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos (P.S. I highly recommend checking it out if you get the chance.) The podcast is based on the most popular class taught in Yale University’s 300-year history, a psychology course about the science of what makes us happy.
In this episode, Santos had begun discussing Donald Wetzel, the man who invented the ATM simply because he hated waiting on long lines at the bank.
Santos describes a pretty painful process Wetzel went through in getting his idea to the right people after continuous rejections from…
Once again, Mark Zuckerberg, the tech mogul with a chokehold on the American media, has been caught red-handed at the mercy of the American media.
Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal featured a pretty lengthy article exposing Zuckerberg and his team at Facebook for denying the horrific trends involving Instagram among teenage girls specifically. Featured within the article are testimonies from young girls between the ages of 13 and 17 suffering from eating disorders and a number of other mental health-related issues as a result of the app.
Interestingly, the article points to differences among Instagram and rival platforms like TikTok and…
“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”
— Coco Chanel
Perhaps the most influential quote from one of the most influential people. Literally — French fashion icon and businesswoman Coco Chanel was listed as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People of the 20th century.
Chanel is widely known for inspiring a shift in feminine fashion standards from the early 20th century “corseted silhouette” to a more sporty chic look. The designer identified essential staples for a woman’s closet such as the beloved “little black dress”, a style unlikely to ever lose its popularity among modern women.
“It is the duty of machines and those who design them to understand people. It is not our duty to understand the arbitrary, meaningless dictates of machines.” — Don Norman
The irony of UX design is that too often our digital interface, designed by humans for humans, still feels digital. We communicate with one another through machinery with a paralleled robotic, rigid tone. A simple “hello, how are you?” pop-up on a brand’s landing page can shift a user’s experience completely. After all, engagement on a web or mobile platform is a two-way street — users can benefit from the…
Everything I learned in Course 3 of the Google UXD program. Check out my previous articles for information on other courses in the certificate.
A few tips and tricks I learned navigating the 2nd Course in Google’s UX Design Program: “Start the UX Design Program: Empathize, Define, and Ideate”.
As mentioned in my last article, I’ve recently been working through Google’s UX Design course to learn new principles and tools and immerse myself in different design projects.
In this article, I’ll give an overview of my experience with Course 2: “Start the UX Design Process: Empathize, Define, and Ideate”. …
My take on the certificate that’s alleged to “disrupt the college degree”.
In June of 2020, I received an email from a boss at a former internship inviting me to jump on board a technology startup. The company was nothing more than an idea and a working prototype at the time, and my manager Adnan was the only one on the project.
Fresh off my junior year as an English major at Virginia Tech, my knowledge of technology was pretty minimal to say the least. I had some exposure working for a college within the University, writing and editing for…