Game Jam!

I had a lot of fun working on a game for the Extra Game Jam this year. The game had to make use of the theme (PRESENT), and we had from Thursday to Monday to finish it. I helped with graphics and play testing ;)

Check out our submission, and see the rest of the games here!


Design Sprints

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a 3-day custom design sprint with Quite Ok. I had a great experience and learned a lot in the process of ideation, collaboration, and as the moderator for the user testing. It was a great experience and I look forward to bringing more sprints of various types into my work.


During our sprint:

 * we identified key challenges
 * made journey maps for various users
 * found a focus and sprint goal
 * produced solution sketches
 * created a storyboard of our new experience
 * which then was implemented as an interactive prototype
 * tested on a handful of potential users


Design Sprints: A Brief History 

Supposedly the origin of the design sprint was a worker at Google. Like many designers or product managers (whatever you want to call the business-minded, tech-savvy creatives who make experiences come alive) this character loved their work, and didn’t mind the long hours. The back and forth with clients, the returning to the drawing board, the sleepless night and rush at the end, after labors and countless emails, the satisfaction of a product the client and users love. It was all good, until they had a new baby, and a family at home. Suddenly there was a good reason to be away from work, and efficiency was needed. Looking at all the processes at work, they set about designing the most efficient way to maximize results, and reduce friction when working with clients. And the design sprint was born.

User Research for Elderly and Tech

Cross posting alert! Originally posted on Medium.

Research I compiled during early stages of an openIDEO challenge on dementia. I hope my legwork (cough cough access to pay-wall blocked articles) can be useful to others in their own design work.

Amazon bans incentivized reviews

Amazon is making a significant change to its Community Guidelinesannounced today, which will eliminate any incentivized reviews, except for those that emerge from within its own Amazon Vine program. This program allows Amazon – not the seller or vendor – to identify trusted reviewers, and has a number of controls in place in order to keep bias out of the review process.

Amazon has historically prohibited compensation for reviews – even going so far as to sue those businesses who pay for fake reviews, as well as the individuals who write them, in an effort to make its review and rating system fairer and more helpful to online shoppers. However, it has allowed businesses to offer products to customers in exchange for their “honest” review.

In general, shoppers have begun to distrust these reviews because they believe them to be biased. That’s not just a “feeling,” as it turns out – a recent study of over 7 million reviews indicated that the average rating for products with incentivized reviews was higher than non-incentivized ones. (That is, a 4.74 average rating versus a 4.36 average rating, out of 5 stars).

All content above was written here by Sarah Perez for Tech Crunch  here

MoMA online exhibition(s) and materials: public!

Launch of online Exhibition History
Installation photographs, archival documents, and catalogues of exhibitions now available to students, researchers, artists, curators, and the public  . . . 
now accessible on MoMA's website, at

The Exhibition History project was initiated and overseen by Michelle Elligott, Chief of Archives, and Fiona Romeo, Director of Digital Content and Strategy, The Museum of Modern Art. Over the course of the last two-and-a-half years, three MoMA archivists integrated over 22,000 folders of exhibition records dating from 1929 to 1989 from its registrar and curatorial departments, performed preservation measures, vetted the contents, and created detailed descriptions of the records for each exhibition.

The digital archive can be freely searched, or browsed in a more structured way by time period or exhibition type.

As part of this project, exhibition catalogues were newly digitized. Beginning with the catalogue for the Museum's very first exhibition, Cézanne, Gauguin, Seurat, Van Gogh, in 1929, the 800 catalogues now online offer decades of art historical expertise on topics ranging from architecture, design, painting, sculpture, drawing, and photography to media and performance. Out-of-print book titles are generally accessible; current in-print titles are featured with excerpts and links to purchase the books.

The underlying data has also been shared on GitHub, completing a trilogy of Museum of Modern Art datasets covering artworks, artists, and exhibitions dating 1929 to 1989. This data is in the public domain and can be sorted and analyzed.

Funding for the processing of The Museum of Modern Art exhibition records was generously provided by the Leon Levy Foundation.

All text taken from E-flux email. 



Airbnb issued a considerate email recently regarding the discrimination issues their service is facing, in conjunction with a published report: Airbnb’s Work to Fight Discrimination and Build Inclusion. I'm a fan of Airbnb's leadership in customer feedback and accountability. So I thought I would share the email.

Dear Airbnb community,
At the heart of our mission is the idea that people are fundamentally good and every community is a place where you can belong. We don’t say this because it sounds nice. It’s the goal that everyone at Airbnb works towards every day – because we’ve all seen how when we live together, we better understand each other.
Discrimination is the opposite of belonging, and its existence on our platform jeopardizes this core mission. Bias and discrimination have no place on Airbnb, and we have zero tolerance for them. Unfortunately, we have been slow to address these problems, and for this I am sorry. I take responsibility for any pain or frustration this has caused members of our community. We will not only make this right; we will work to set an example that other companies can follow.
In June, we asked Laura Murphy, the former head of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington D.C. Legislative Office, to review every aspect of the Airbnb platform, and to make sure that we’re doing everything we can to fight bias and discrimination. Thanks to Laura’s leadership, today we’re releasing a report that outlines the results of that process. You can read the full report here, but I’d like to highlight four changes that will impact the way our platform works:
Airbnb Community Commitment
Beginning November 1, everyone who uses Airbnb must agree to a stronger, more detailed nondiscrimination policy. We aren’t just asking you to check a box associated with a long legal document. We’re asking everyone to agree to something we’re calling the Airbnb Community Commitment, which says:
We believe that no matter who you are, where you are from, or where you travel, you should be able to belong in the Airbnb community. By joining this community, you commit to treat all fellow members of this community, regardless of race, religion, national origin, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or age, with respect, and without judgment or bias.
Open Doors
We’ll be implementing a new policy called Open Doors. Starting October 1st, if a Guest anywhere in the world feels like they have been discriminated against in violation of our policy – in trying to book a listing, having a booking canceled, or in any other interaction with a host – we will find that Guest a similar place to stay if one is available on Airbnb, or if not, we will find them an alternative accommodation elsewhere. This program will also apply retroactively to any Guest who reported discrimination prior to today. All of these Guests will be offered booking assistance for their next trip.
Instant Book
We’ll increase the availability of Instant Book, which allows our hosts to offer their homes to be booked immediately without their prior approval of a specific guest. Instant Book makes booking easier for everyone, and our goal is to have 1 million listings bookable via Instant Book by January 1st, 2017.
Anti-bias training
We are working with experts on bias, including Dr. Robert Livingston of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Dr. Peter Glick of Lawrence University, to make anti-bias training available to our community, and will be publicly acknowledging those who complete it.
These steps are just the beginning, not the end, of our efforts to combat bias and discrimination.
While we as a company have been slow on this issue, I am now asking you the community to help us lead the way forward. Every time you make someone else feel like they belong, that person feels accepted and safe to be themselves. While this may sound like a small act of kindness, we are a community of millions of people strong. Imagine what we can do together.
— Brian Chesky CEO, Co-founder Airbnb

marion cotillard - snapshot in la

Presenting the ever lovely, graceful, charming, beguiling, responsive, flexible, seamless, smooth, seductive . . .

i-D website. 

Enough bad joke. Spoiler: It's the website! Not the actress! Get it? Away?

 Check it out for yourself here. 

Play with the sizing.

Check out the share features.

Go full screen, fall in love.


Applauds to M. Cotillard, co-director, and all those involved in coordinating this multimedia message.


Apologies for the absence, I have been traveling doing research work on existing services. So here is a related post for now ^.^


This use of couchsurfing community for getting user feedback and opinions on experience design caught my eye.



Its in polish but...aesthetics /images for the win! Language barriers crossed. 


Here's the link if you want to check it out