Writing

code

Git and Node in a Chromebook, Without Crouton and Linux


Note: I don’t post a lot about technical things, but since I wrote this to remind myself how to get out of trouble, I may as well post it in case anyone else has the same problems. I recently bought a Toshiba Chromebook. My laptop died, and I didn’t feel like giving Apple $1000+ right

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design process

When The Tools Don’t Reflect The Material We Build With


I’ve been reviewing UX fundamentals this month, which meant (per Lynda.com’s recommedation) checking in with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Sketch. Now, I find great value in struggling with a tool that isn’t in your wheelhouse; it reminds you, among other things to be humble. So I soldiered on, and learned some useful things. But apart from

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applied academics

“There is No Lit Review!”: Applying Academic Skills in UX


On Friday, I attended a panel on applying anthropology to UX, part of the Texas Applied Anthropology Summit. I hoped to see some examples of how an academic discipline could be integrated into technology, and I was not disappointed. The summit’s organizer, Reyda Taylor, is an Anthropology PhD turned research consultant, and in her opening remarks, she noted that

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design process

My Portfolio, Myself


One of the reasons I took some time off was so that I’d finally be able to get my online presence in order, and that included getting my web portfolio in shape. The good news is, I’ve done a lot of stuff. The bad news is, I’ve done a lot of stuff. I was both

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design process

Food Prototyping with IDEO


On  Thursday, I watched IDEO’s prototyping webinar, a teaser for IDEOU’s new “From Ideas to Action” course.  I can’t overstate my excitement when they announced the speakers were from the food division: Danny Brooks (chef turned senior food designer) and Vivian Barad (a senior project lead) talked about prototyping with food, and Suzanne Brooks Howard moderated. We

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