August 29, 2019blog
Test Driven Design

It may seem obvious, but outlining specific acceptance criteria is a great way to get non-designers involved in the user experience without having to go through all the work of making screens to review. These tests can guide designers on…

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June 01, 2019case study

At Coolfire I worked with another strategic partner to design a platform that makes managing IoT devices and Persons of Interest a breeze. For context, IoT devices refers to internet enabled cameras and sensors. Persons of Interest (POI…

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May 24, 2019case study

My role at Coolfire Solutions involved working on internal product initiatives as well as client-service work with our investors and partners. One investor, a global rental car company, had an initiative to reduce support costs by in…

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May 22, 2019blog
Design Debt

I was listening to The Shop Talk Show (a show all about front end design and development) the other day when Dave Rupert and Chris Coyier got on a topic kind of close to the chest for me. In episode 360 "Riding a Bicycle" a listener wrote…

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May 01, 2019case study

Coolfire Solutions was eager to launch a new platform as a service product called Ronin. The robust technology was already powering multiple client IoT and real-time data applications. I was tasked with designing the customer experience…

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April 30, 2019blog
Interface to Experience

Where I work today we use InVision to deliver our designs to the development teams. Since the platform is solid and we pay for a pro license, I've been playing with InVision Studio (their free UI design tool) to see how it stacks up in my…

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April 24, 2019blog
Sketch strategies

Design is usually associated with technique - how you achieve a specific style, how to compose great layouts, or how to think in terms of components. Our community will share tips and tricks at length for all of the sexy parts of design…

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April 06, 2019blog
Should Designers Code?

As digital product designers (UX to some, UI to others) our role is to create software experiences that delight and engage users while attempting to solve real-world problems. The manifestation of this exciting work is a few thousand (or…

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April 06, 2019freebie

Foundation is a toolbox for Sketch that helps designers quickly compose robust user interfaces using flexible components and interchangeable libraries. You can download it for free on Github here. Foundation decouples basic libraries from…

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August 01, 2018case study

This Monsanto challenge stemmed from a business need around non-authorized employees (temp workers) using our internal software. The current crop of tools all required authenticated Monsanto IDs to use, which was a challenge for seasonal…

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May 30, 2018case study

While working as a contract product designer with Monsanto, I partnered with a mobile team building a plant breeding app. The team had done great work getting the basic app off the ground, but it only supported single pollination workflows…

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March 22, 2018case study

As a product designer with Monsanto, I was tasked with simplifying a suite of 4 enterprise applications into a unified experience. The apps had been build for different business unites over various timelines, and not surprisingly there…

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November 12, 2017case study

I started by journey mapping the home buying process, leveraging my experience as a licensed Realtor, and was able to identify opportunities to design for emotion and delight. I also did a few usability reviews of the current app to…

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