NYCxDesign Week - Part 1

June 5, 2014

NYCxDESIGN Week was buzzing with great events this year! May was all about design in NYC. Starting off with a well timed IDSA North East regional conference focused on Industrial Design and its relationship with startups and entrepreneurs.


Designing Health: Beyond The Electronic Medical Record

May 29, 2014

The current state of the health experience is fragmented and limited in scope- failing to connect disparate sources of data into one cohesive system that paints a clear picture for individuals and society as a whole.


Crafting a Story

May 13, 2014

Recently I read Storytelling for User Experience: Crafting Stories for Better Design, a book [Whitney Quesenbery] co-authored with Kevin Brooks. As a researcher and a designer, storytelling has been part of my life for a long time. However, I found her book to be a comprehensive source of inspiration about how a compelling story can establish a common ground of communication among all the stakeholders.


New Approaches to R&D, New Design Research

April 30, 2014

The April issue of Fast Company has a thought-provoking blurb about an acquisitional approach to R&D. As the Lean Startup method gains traction and permeates into corporate culture, big companies are passing up long-term investment in R&D strategies and acquiring startups instead.


Besides Hours, What Can We Use to Measure Performance

March 27, 2014

Measuring work in time is a topic that has interested me for a while now. Work is iterative and collaborative and yet we reduce it to the simple unit of an hour.


Working Relationships - Harvard xDesign 2014

February 7, 2014

So I’m picking out one common theme I heard across the panelists that resonated with me: If design will be everywhere, then designers will be everywhere, and we need to know how to create supportive working relationships across disciplines.


Research Journey

February 6, 2014

Three months ago, as a recent graduate with a degree in human-centered design and a passion for a career in research, I started an adventure with the Essential Design family. Here is a condensed list of necessary tactics that I have learned.


Using Reference Points to Understand Rituals

January 9, 2014

As a human being that happens to be a design researcher, I have to acknowledge that I may introduce my own biases to round out participants’ experience stories.


Essential Visits MIT D-Lab

November 27, 2013

Essential Co-Founder and Partner, Scott Stropkay and I (a design researcher at Essential), spoke with unique group of students at MIT’s D-Lab… Scott and I were asked to speak about the role of design research in the product development process and how it could be leveraged within the context of D-Lab’s mission.


College ThinkTank Boston

November 25, 2013

College Thinktank Boston, an event started by the City of Boston and Wentworth Institute of Technology brings together college students from 19 different colleges and universities for a one day event to brainstorm a challenge facing the city of Boston.