San Francisco, CA, USA- We don’t live in the Full House, unfortunately.
After a lot of fanboying in the bleachers as I watched my designer friends, it’s time for me to join the game!
Back before I knew it, I got my first taste of UX research in 2012-14. As an adjunct professor teaching Critical Thinking & Writing, I used the textbook FieldWorking. It provides accessible methods for doing ethnographic field research and reporting.
Being a participant-observer remains foundational for how I have approached research. And little did I know, ethnography is also part of the UX research toolkit!
I’m especially grateful for Jenn Yoo at Inventional. My design research Jedi master. She led us through a reading group of Convivial Toolbox. That book sparked my interest in generative design research!
My love for research and writing made the UX research Bootcamp a perfect fit. Additionally, I felt Memorisely custom-made remote-first boot camps for me. And for my 8-month-old’s nap schedule. 🔎👶🏼
My daughter sets the rhythms these days so I sneak into work and study as she sleeps. Don’t wake the baby!
I wake up with her between 5:30-6:30, play with stuffed animals, and wait for her morning catnap to sneak in a Wordle.
Her late-morning nap will be primetime for a quick exercise and focus work. I’ll get to be alongside my Bootcamp-mates for class during my baby’s afternoon nap.
To complete the theme of sleeping, I’m an avid bedtime reader — great for getting through our Bootcamp textbooks. I added a highlighter to my bedside table. 🤓
Piano is my prized possession and where my mind goes to roam.
I’ll be at the kitchen table where the sun hits exactly right in the morning. A painting my sister gifted me remains a fixture of my zoom background.
Baby’s on the table. You might hear her loud grunts of excitement on calls!
Thank God for the normalization of remote work for families.
I love the Hemingway App! It’s a text editing software that puts readability first. As a former writing prof, I gained good habits of editing for clarity and conciseness. But I also learned some bad habits of using excessive academic jargon to look smart.
This app helps me focus on usability. (For example, this post is at a 5th-grade reading level — no long sentences and a 2-min read. Thanks, Hemingway App!)
I’m a musician — piano and bass. For that reason, music is SUPER distracting for me. I can’t not pay attention to it! So I work in silence! Ha! 🙅🏽♂️🎹
But I also LOVE music more than just about anything. So here’s a playlist that’s like a mood board of inspiration for a band I wanted to start called Subtle Honey.
We wrote three great songs before my bandmate moved to suburban Maryland of all places!