Graduating from Duolingo

Do you visit Duolingo for a couple minutes a day to mindlessly tap through some exercises with words that you already know? Do you still not have the confidence to strike up a conversation with a French-speaking acquaintance? That was me. But not any more.

It takes a village

I was a programmer from 2012 to 2017. I realized during this time that my impact would multiply if I could focus on the design instead of being the one to code it. Early in 2018, after years of reading, taking courses, and experimenting with UX, my dream came true: I was hired as a… Continue reading It takes a village

Visualizing vesting schedules

I recently wrote about the book The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward Tufte. That book inspired me to explore ways of visualizing the vesting of savings and awards. Background Skip this section if you know equity! Vesting Vesting is when stock or cash becomes available. This allows companies to reward their employees for… Continue reading Visualizing vesting schedules

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward Tufte- Book review

"A little light reading, hey?" the doctor from Pennsylvania asked me on a recent flight. "Do you have to read that for a course or something?" "No," I said as I showed him a fascinating chart of Napoleon’s army’s advance to and retreat from Russia, "I'm actually just reading it for fun." And despite the… Continue reading The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward Tufte- Book review

Using Airtable to store research nuggets

I started at Solium in January. They did a full day of usability testing for World Usability Day in the previous November but hadn't yet got through analyzing all of the videos. It's a small team and other priorities got in the way. Around that time, I listened to a Tomer Sharon interview on Mixed… Continue reading Using Airtable to store research nuggets