Not Food

Feelings are hard sometimes

Earlier this evening, I started crying while on the phone with my boyfriend, for reasons I couldn’t articulate either to him or to myself.

Jared handled it pretty well. He apologized for having insulted Love Actually, which wasn’t why I was crying, but I’ll take the bonus apology anyway, as it was a pretty serious offense.

Eventually, we decided to put the conversation on pause and give me some time to deal with my surprise case of feelings.

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Woman Power

3 Days, 10 Miles, 30 Women

Last weekend, I went to the Len Foote Hike Inn in the Appalachian mountains with a group of about thirty other women. One of the women in my Bahá’í community has been organizing this women’s retreat for three years now, which has grown each year as the original hikers have invited their friends, and those friends have invited their friends in turn.

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We Rise: Women in Tech Conference
Woman Power

What I gained from attending a conference as a supposedly “non-tech” person

“I’m not technical enough”

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend went to a JavaScript meetup and heard about a conference that was going to be sponsored by the local chapter of Women Who Code. He encouraged me to go, but I hesitated: “It’s probably just for developers.” He convinced me that it was for all women in the tech industry, and I bought a ticket, not sure if my company would pay for it (they did), but determined to go anyway.

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UX

KniTriage

KniTriage-Presentation

 

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KniTriage is the culmination of my work for the User Experience Design course I attended at General Assembly. It contains documentation and explanations of my research, findings, and designs for a fictional (but soon to be real) website for beginning knitters. Contents below:

The Problem
  • Introduction
  • Target Audience
  • Problem Statement
  • Persona
The Research
  • User Interviews
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Assumptions
The Plan
  • Features
  • User Flow
  • Content categorization
  • Sitemap
The Prototype
  • Initial Wireframes
  • User Testing
  • Assumptions: Revisited
  • Revised Sitemap
  • Revised Wireframes
  • Clickable Prototype

You can see my findings from the initial user research and prototype testing on Trello.

It was inspiring to see the demand for this solution when I conducted user tests, and although this was not required for the class, I plan to build a functional version of KniTriage as a responsive website this summer.

UX, Web Design

UX Review: Elevated Careers Onboarding

I recently saw a promoted Tweet for Elevated Careers, a job matching website from eHarmony, and was immediately intrigued. Given eHarmony’s great track record for personal matchmaking, I was interested to see how the company would fare in making a professional match. I decided to check it out, and along the way, I made a few observations about the onboarding experience.

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Party Time!

how to host a virtual bridal shower

One of my best friends is getting married next month. We’re all excited for the wedding, but there was a bit of an obstacle when it came to planning the bridal shower: the bride just moved across the country, and her closest friends and family are scattered over many different states.

Determined not to let that get in our way, I decided to throw a virtual bridal shower over video chat. With the technology available to us, a virtual bridal shower can be a great way to celebrate with friends when getting together in person is not an option, so I’ve compiled the things I’ve learned here so that others may throw their own virtual showers (this would work just as well for a virtual baby shower).

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