big ideas & innovation

You probably won’t ‘delight’ your users, but you will figure out whether they’re interested in your product.

How to Create a Decent UI (With Zero Design Experience) You probably won’t ‘delight’ your users, but you will figure out whether they’re interested in your product. You want to get your MVP out quickly and test product-market fit. You know what you want to build, you have ...

Then You Promptly Construct The Version That Matches The Style Of The Employer Dumping Low-grade Paychecks Into Your account.

This Girl’s Not Made for Working The worst thing ever — is to not understand who you are or what it took to make you that person. As another week winds down — I am desperate to rinse my senses from the overload that has clouded by ability to come up ...

It’s about research.

Systemic Design in African Food Systems Ag Business. Policy. Supply Chain Management. Food Science. Sociology. User Experience Design. Environmental Studies. These were just some of the majors on the interdisciplinary, cross-cultural project team I worked on this summer addressing challenges in Malawian markets. Our team, comprised of 8 American and 10 Malawian ...

Lets do it again!

Working & On June 26th and July 10th 2016, 10 people gathered at Stamen Design’s studios to learn how to design and work with geospatial data on the web. Ian loading that data!What we set out to do We all set aside 4 hours of a Sunday afternoon to get a hands-on ...

The Shorter the Rent-To-Own Term is the Higher Chances the Tenant Will Close the Deal

6 Brilliant Ways to Boost Your Chances of Closing the Deal With Your Tenants LOCAL RECORDS OFFICE — The brilliant tips will help you close the deal. Several of us have had properties that were scheduled to be fixed and flipped and are now fixed and… well let’s just say not ...

When it comes to breaking into the biz, you gotta get creative!

Photo via Unsplash “I grafted a creative director’s face onto mine to get a job in advertising.” When it comes to breaking into the biz, you gotta get creative! By Anonymous, as told to Hassan S. Ali Four months ago, I was a new college graduate hoping to break ...

Fix the Property and Keep it on Hold as a Long-Term Rental for Cash Flow

The Right Way to Taking the Title of Your Real Estate Investment Property LOCAL RECORDS OFFICE — I recently gave a presentation on this topic at a Los Angeles County Investors Happy Hour; as often as it happens I am always surprised when this issue comes up. Your exit strategy will ...

So, What Is UX For me?

UX Design, from a non-designer So, I’ve recently caught up with the several articles trying to explain the differences between UX and UI Designers and how they differ and converge, how the ketchup bottle and memes are a bad way to show differences and how to understand these complex ...

With A Creative Brief, Less Isn’t Always more

9 Must-Haves For A Stellar Creative Brief Ordinary creative briefs are often missing the detail and direction needed when multiple people are working together to bring a project to life. And while they can sometimes get the job done, they don’t always create that initial spark that can lead to ...

Thoughts, lessons, and tips

My Journey at Etsy as a Product Design Intern Thoughts, lessons, and tips Illustration by Laura Berger This June, I flew from San Francisco, California to Brooklyn, New York — far from my family, friends, and everything I’m familiar with. I felt curious and nervous, wondering what my Etsy internship ...

This is my winding story of how I grew up with a love for music, a need for a plan, went through many career changes, got a degree, quit my job on the day I was being promoted, and finally went entrepreneur full time.

19 Career Changes and a University Degree Later, I Became an Entrepreneur This is my winding story of how I grew up with a love for music, a need for a plan, went through many career changes, got a degree, quit my job on the day I was being promoted, and ...

30-Year Loans to Pay Off Your House

Is Cash Flow or Growth Better for Long Term Investment in Real Estate? LOCAL RECORDS OFFICE — There are really two sides or two strategies to this debate. I lean one way for sure and will explain why but I am also open about this and understand that other people have ...