I have seen plenty of articles on breaking in to the UX field and lessons learned in the first year or so of being a UXer, but not many that describe what happens further on in one’s career, or the transformation from practitioner to a mentor or manager role.

Being…

Thinking of today’s wearable interfaces, I can only think of the massive design influence that Swatches have given designers over the years. Now that I use my Google watch for my fitness goals, I now wonder how to apply more Swatch-like aesthetics to my default fitness watch interface.

Why Swatch? Some cultural history

I have…

Applying user-centered and trauma-informed design techniques can help apply some calm to a stressful job search and give your prospective future employees a better application experience.

I’m a UX designer and chances are if you are reading this, you are one too. This likely means you identify with two things:

Keeping up a creative practice is necessary but challenging. Online courses found on sites such as Domestika can help with accountability and inspiration.

I am a UX designer. Does this mean that I design interfaces all day long, every day of the week? Of course not. It is both healthy…

A beginners guide to building and presenting a persona.

Here is the good news: if you have ever created an avatar on a website or a video game, congratulations, you have experience in creating a persona: you can totally do this. Here is the bad news: in creating a persona…

“More is better” isn’t necessarily the case when it comes to brainstorming sessions. Adding structure to your brainstorming sessions can help generate more quality ideas with minimal fuss.

If you’re a designer you have been there: a “brainstorming” session where only one, or at most two, people are contributing. It’s…

How to use a creative challenge to spark inspiration and gain confidence in building your creative skillset.

If you’re reading this, I’m a lot like you: a professional designer who had been by fall 2020 working from home for over six months living in a radically shrunken world.

A very…

UX Designers hear all kinds of excuses from companies who don’t want to do any user research or testing. This is why cutting research and testing costs much more time and money than it saves.

I’ve been a designer in the digital space for over 20 years now. If you…

You can add OOUX to your toolset to strengthen your UX process and dramatically improve your discovery phases. I go through the full process here step by step.

I recently completed my certification as an Object-Oriented UX (OOUX) Strategist, and this was my project for the duration of the class…

How to use OOUX to make sense of the mess and quickly make a difference on an existing site, by a quick discovery round and retrofitting existing assets.

I recently earned my certification as an Object-Oriented UX professional and I made this presentation, originally in Mural, as part of hosting…

mary mahling carns

#UX Designer and Strategist. I care more about typography than I probably should ❤️💚💙 for life 👀

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