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Feb 26, 2018

The Year of The Diversity Council

This is the second part in a series about the experience of starting and running a diversity council. If you missed the first post, it can be found here. In the second post, I share the importance of creating...

Feb 7, 2018

Creating an Internal Diversity Council

This is the first part in a series about the experience of starting and running a diversity council. In the first post, I share what inspired us and how we got started. In future posts, I’ll share what we achieved...

Feb 5, 2018

Global Diversity CFP Day — Austin edition

Over the weekend, my sister, Dee (a Product Manager at VISA) and I mentored a workshop at the Austin event for Global Diversity CFP Day, a worldwide, day-long event featuring “numerous workshops hosted around the globe encouraging and advising...

Jan 29, 2018

No, You Go! — A new must-listen podcast

Last week, a new podcast launched called No, You Go, hosted by three AMAZING people, Jenn Lukas, Katel Ledû, and Sara Wachter-Boettcher. I am beyond honored that they reached out and asked me to contribute a...

Jan 11, 2018

The new Austin Central Library

My friends and I spend a lot of time at the new Austin Central Library, one of the gorgeous, new buildings in town. Every time, I take photo after photo of the walls, windows, reflections, and its mysteries (more on...

Jan 2, 2018

Converting Gem-based themes on Jekyll

Today, Greg was sharing an issue he was having with Jekyll installs and builds. I thought was something tied to Bundler or Jekyll 3.0 issues I’ve had in the past, but Ethan figured out that the _site folder wasn’t...

Dec 19, 2017

Zaha Hadid's buildings

Thinking about this Zaha Hadid building near the New York Highline in West Chelsea. Saw in while on a 10+ yrs reunion trip in friends from college. It’s a residence, and her last building in New York. It reminds me...

Dec 10, 2017

Conference notes from a roundtable about SendGrid's values

I revisited notes at the plethora of conferences I ended this year. In the Spring, I attended Collision Conference in one of my favorite cities, New Orleans. While the conference felt disconnected, some of the facilitated roundtables were beneficial....

Nov 14, 2017

Quick performance boost on the site

I’m sitting at home, with a sore throat and an almost-gone fever. I loathe feeling unproductive. And, with Firefox’s new blazing fast, Quantum, I can’t help but feel level more sick and tired. In order to cheer myself up and...

Oct 9, 2017

Dan Rather Lecture at UT

Last week, I attended the Liz Carpenter lecture at University of Texas, Austin, with Dan Rather. It was a delightful, informative, and humbling evening. Check it out below:

Aug 27, 2017

Where to Donate for Harvey Relief

I’m seeing a lot of great tweets about where to donate, so I thought I’d share a list here of what I’ve come across or donated to thus far. Last Updated: Tuesday, 29th of August, at 10:31pm, Texas Standard Time...

Aug 10, 2017

How to be an Ally

I’m not going to read the Google memo. Like many other women in tech have said, it’s just reading what we experience on the daily. The “oh you code”’s, the very conscious bias, the “how can you do conferences? Don’t...

Aug 6, 2017

Creative Mornings / Austin Equality talk

On August 21st, I spoke at Creative Mornings in Austin, for their global theme, “equality”. This was something I’ve only dreamed of since Creative Mornings began—as I was reminded by one of the organizers—so getting to speak in my...

Aug 6, 2017

Notes from ACT-W

Intro to Positive Leadership and Flourishing Organizations Speaker: Evan Schmiedehaus Characteristics of positive leadership resilient flexible adaptive unbiased EQ Purposeful Choosing your leadership identity what re the difference between characteristics of leadership and competencies...

Jul 29, 2017

Join Tech Ladies

Identify as a lady in tech? Check out Tech Ladies®. Tech Ladies® is a community that connects women to the best jobs and opportunities in tech. Members of Tech Ladies get access to a secret job board for members-only,...

Apr 17, 2017

CODE: Next Steps in Debugging

Originally posted on The Iron Yard Blog. Over the last few months, each Iron Yard campus held a movie screening for CODE: Debugging the Gender Gapfor our students and communities. Released in 2016 with critical acclaim,...

Mar 4, 2017

Microsoft survey about that young girls & STEM

A new European survey commissioned by Microsoft found that young girls become interested in these subjects around the age of 11 and then quickly lose interest when they're 15.

Dec 9, 2015

You've got this!

This piece was originally written and published for The Pastry Box Project 2014 was a pivotal year for me. I changed jobs, I stepped up my Sass and JavaScript game, lived away from Austin for a few months, and...

Oct 6, 2015

Choosing Nothing - Be Kind, Please Unwind

This piece was originally written and published for The Pastry Box Project Every day, we make decisions on how we want to spend our time. I choose to keep coding and designing away, while watching tv. I choose to...

Aug 13, 2015

Design, Dinner, and A Show

This piece was originally written and published for The Pastry Box Project Whenever I worked on design projects, I always used to get stuck. I’d become nervous, vulnerable, and incapable, questioning the project, comparing my work to others, and...

Jul 7, 2015

Jobs at the Iron Yard

We’re hiring a UI Designer at The Iron Yard! The role is remote too! Apply if you’re interested or send me questions if you have them, about this role, or any others that we have. Come work with...

Jun 10, 2015

Like Fruits to A Ripe Mango

This piece was originally writen and published for The Pastry Box Project On April 14th, 2015, everyone was in a frenzy on Twitter. No, it wasn’t because tax day was creeping up on us. It was because a presidential...

Apr 14, 2015

The World Wide Vulnerability

This piece was originally written and published for The Pastry Box Project. There’s such a raw and present feeling that comes with vulnerability. It’s a burrito filled with doubt and self-criticism, wrapped (or, trapped) in a tortilla of fear....

Apr 2, 2015

SassConf 2015

SassConf is coming to Austin this year, and I’ve been asked to be a Call for Proposals mentor. I’ve fallen in love with Sass this past year so I’m excited to be a part of the CFP Mentoring Team...

Mar 20, 2015

The net awards nominations are now open

Nominations are now open over at the net awards. I had a blast judging last year, and look forward to seeing the best of the best nominated. Run over and nominate for any or all of the following categories:...

Mar 3, 2015

Sketchnotes with Margot Bloomstein on NBSP

Check out audio and sketchnotes (below) from an NBSP chat with content strategist, Margot Bloomstein! And the live show below! Tags: podcasts,austin,design,process

Feb 23, 2015

NBSP returns live with Micah Godbolt

Good news, y’all! NBSP is back on GoodStuff.fm and recording live using Google Hangouts Air with Youtube. This past Friday, Chris and I went live with Micah Godbolt. We spoke about Sass and Front End Architecture, and...

Feb 2, 2015

Web Design at TIY Austin Week 1

The Web Design class started last week in Austin, and it was really exciting to get the class going here. We moved into our second space at Penn Field, and we’re right next to Opal Divine’s, which has a...

Jan 31, 2015

I saw and lettered the sign

I found an old wood Texas sign at the Austin Antique Mall, and the inner-most parts of me got very excited about the ideas rushing through my head. I bought the sign and took it into the second space...

Dec 25, 2014

IBM’s Design Language

Austin’s IBM Design is doing some pretty cool stuff. I got a chance to visit their office in north Austin in August and got to see my former design students Miles Anderson and Austin Auth in their gorgeous and...

Dec 23, 2014

Holiday Reading List

I just returned to Austin, TX after three months of working in Greenville, South Carolina at my awesome job at The Iron Yard as a Web Design Instructor (more on this later!). During my brief time in SC, I’ve...

Dec 9, 2014

Five Tips on How to be an Ally [video]

Blogger Franchesca Ramsey shares the perfect tips on how to be an ally. Ramsey defines an ally by “a person who wants to fight for the equality of a marginalized group that they’re not a part of”. Given recent...

Sep 12, 2014

The Write Mood

Sometimes (read: most of the time), I find it hard to write. Similar to my irrational fears before speaking, writing feels like a very vulnerable exercise that get my stomach in knots. Part impostor syndrome, part fear of making...

Sep 5, 2014

National Geographic's Deadly Beauty

Photograph by Aaron Ansarov for National Geographic. National Geographic’s “Deadly Beauty” feature on Portuguese Man-of-War jellyfish is absolutely stunning. The jellyfish photos and videos captured by Aaron Ansarov show the anatomy of the deadly stingers like I’ve...

Aug 18, 2014

Joining The Iron Yard

For the past six years, I’ve been teaching topics in Communication Design at Texas State University and getting my MFA for the first three years. As I finished writing and designing my thesis, which was brand, web-site, and...

Aug 11, 2014

Monument Valley

Monument Valley is easily one of the best games1 I’ve ever played. Every part of the game is perfection, and every detail is delightful and soothing. Even more, the Monument Valley Soundtrack (below) is absolutely stunning. It’s been out...

Aug 3, 2014

Speaking Up

When I was asked to be a keynote speaker at ConvergeSE—a conference that brings together designers, developers, musicians, and other makers for a few days of merging ideas—I instantly said “yes”. I had already fallen in love with the...

Jul 21, 2014

Systems In Design

It’s easy to get caught up in all the elements related to building a site: content, code, design, progressive enhancement, testing, etc. So much goes into that one final deliverable, that we can forget about how the site comes across...

Jul 4, 2014

Case Crouwel on Dutch World Cup jerseys

My favorite national soccer team, the Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond, or KNVB, is playing against Costa Rica right now with hopes to advance to the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup. The last World Cup was hard for me, as...

Jul 3, 2014

Wrote, spoke, and two months later

It seems appropriate to release a few unfinished drafts on Independence Day; they deserve their freedom! Here’s a few updates from the past few months: net Magazine I wrote an article for the June 2014 printed issue of

Jul 1, 2014

OM(SV)Gs

I’ve convinced myself that if I keep bookmarking links about SVGs, I’ll become an expert at them through some magical bookmark-to-brain osmosis. Spoiler alert: that is not the case. SVGs, to me, feel a bit intimidating, mostly because they’re still...

Jun 26, 2014

Shop Talk Show Episode № 121

Cool Dudes, Dave Rupert and Chris Coyier asked me to be on their show, Shop Talk Show! We talked about teaching Responsive Web Design, new tools like Gulp and Grunt, and I shared my opinions on some...

Jun 17, 2014

HTML/CSS Duck Hunt CodePen

This Codepen is the most amazing use of inputs in HTML and CSS that I have ever seen! If you can hit the hidden input checkbox on the duck, it falls! This is just like when I stood directly...

Jun 8, 2014

Like Knows Like - James Victore

As I try to wake up with burnt-ish coffee and a squishy sunny-side up breakfast, I am scrolling through twitter. I came across James Victore’s retweet about a documentary Like Knows Like made about him. It’s short, sweet,...

May 26, 2014

Ozark Country Blues

A few years ago, many of us gathered at my friend’s house for a get-together. Vanessa’s house is a perfect Austin home. It has a great backyard space, which a smaller bright green house that she rented to my college...

Apr 24, 2014

Two Jolenes

Earlier this week, Austin-based designer Reagan Ray shared a video of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”at 33rpm. I’ve been listening to it since. It’s slow, sad, and lovely. Another version of “Jolene” I...

Apr 20, 2014

Advice on soft skills

Wanting my students to hear more from the industry about what they need to know, I asked my twitter feed about what advice they’d give recent design graduates. Here is what they shared. On interviews ...

Apr 20, 2014

The Hard Truth About Soft Skills

— layout: post title: The Hard Truth about Soft Skills date: 2014-04-20 00:00:00 Z desc: Soft skills are a missing part of a young designer’s education. What do they need to know? And how can they find out sooner? Tags:...

Apr 15, 2014

Read More

Grad school and writing a design thesis kicked my butt. There was so much reading and writing involved. I think I’m still recovering, almost 3 years later. I was mostly immersed in design books and didn’t have the time to...

Apr 14, 2014

Ellen Lupton on The Great Discontent

I’m always delighted by The Great Discontent’s content and design and this week’s TGD post is no different. Ryan and Tina interviewed Ellen Lupton, who—to me—is one of the leaders in design. Ellen Lupton is also the author...

Apr 7, 2014

Announcing the GoodStuff Network

It’s here, it’s here! The GoodStuff Network is officially launching today! The network is run by Chris Enns, Tim Smith, and Adam Clark. One of the shows I co-host—the Non-Breaking Web Show (with Chris Enns...

Apr 5, 2014

Mad Marchness

As I suspected, March came and went. Since I moved to Texas six years ago, it has been this way, usually because of SXSW. This year was no different. I want to recap things quickly, so I have them recorded...

Feb 20, 2014

Code Day Austin

This past weekend I stopped Code Day Austin at HubAustin. My friend and bro-host, Andy joined two other Austin folks to judge the work that about 20 middle and high school students...

Feb 10, 2014

Daniel Mall, on getting the work you want.

In early January, designer Daniel Mall wrote about tips for getting the work you want. The first tip is to “make your own work”. I think this is especially important for students who want to stand out amongst their...

Jan 23, 2014

ConvergeSE speakers announced

Last October, I had the opportunity to attend ConvergeFL in Jacksonville, Florida. The whole experience was great and the speakers, who ranged from web designers, app designer, musicians, and others, taught me a lot. It was nice to be...

Jan 12, 2014

Lorne Michaels on if we’re in the right room

People filed back into the room. It was March 2012, and everyone sat back down and opened their minds up, ready to sponge up everything the next speaker tried to say. He looked like Jack Nicholson. He wore a black...

Nov 25, 2013

Jack White on inspiration and work ethic

We spend hours or days planning what our desks or studios will look like so we feel creative in them, but Jack White touches on a mental space or mind set that helps with creativity. I particularly like the part...

Sep 27, 2013

Draplin / Field Notes in Austin

Aaron Draplin, of DDC, came to McGarrah Jessee to hold a Field Notes workshop and AIGA Austin lecture about his work. Aaron is a kind and gentle soul as a teacher and speaker. He loves his...

Sep 19, 2013

Five Lessons from the RWD Classroom

I’ve taught Responsive Web Design (RWD) at a large state university just outside Austin, Texas, for the past two years to almost 200 design students. With support from my colleagues and a handful of designers and agencies in Austin providing...

Sep 17, 2013

Students on Critiquing

Over two years ago, I wrote developed the new curriculum for my department’s ARTC4308 course. Interactive II covers advanced topics in web design including web typography, Responsive Web Design, and an intro to CMSs, as well as introducing students to...

Sep 8, 2013

Converge Florida 2013

This week, I took a trip to Florida to attend ConvergeFL and see old college buddies. Converge was amazing and I’m so glad Carl asked me to attend. I learned so much, just like I did at

Jul 20, 2013

In the Pursuit of Appiness

For some reason, this morning I decided to wake up an hour before my alarm clock went off, make a cup of coffee, and read some of my “read later” bookmarks. This was an attempt to start my morning on...

Jul 18, 2013

5 Lessons from a RWD Classroom

I wrote an article for .net Magazine about 5 lessons learned in a Responsive Web Design classroom, that go beyond technical processes in RWD. This was my first published article and it was fun to write. Check it...

Jun 21, 2013

Web Leadership Day

Below is the video of the panel I moderated during Web Leadership Day. The panel, titled “RWD vs Native Apps”, included Sophie Shepherd, Happy Cog; Phil Coffman, Element Group; and Anthony Armendariz, FunSize Co. Thanks to Cecy Correa for inviting...

Jun 17, 2013

Huge podcasting news!

I am beyond excited to announce that I’m joining the ATX Web Show AND Non-breaking Space Show as a co-host. I’ll be joining Dave Rupert, Travis Swicegood, and Andy Keil on a regular basis to discuss Austin’s web news, developments,...

May 15, 2013

ATX Web Show

Travis Swicegood, of the ATX Web Show sat down with me at the Gingerman in downtown Austin and interviewed me for the show. We talked about what it’s like to teach responsive web design, Creative Cloud and more. Check...

Apr 23, 2013

The East Wing

Tim Smith, the host of The East Wing, interviewed me for his podcast. This is my first podcast interview and Tim was awesome to talk to. We spoke about design and education, but what stood out to me the most...

Mar 10, 2013

Happy Cog Lecture at Texas State University

On March 26, come see Kevin Sharon and Sophie Shepherd from Happy Cog speak to Texas State students about the responsive web design process in a lecture titled: “A New Toolbox: Secrets from Happy...

Jan 5, 2013

Happy New Reads!

I’ll be honest. I started this post over the thanksgiving break and left it in draft mode. You’ve probably read some of these, but in case you haven’t, here are some things to read and listen to as you get...

Nov 23, 2012

A Day at 5by5!

Today, I got to stand in for the wonderful Haddie Cooke and guest-host 5by5’s daily podcast, The Frequency, with 5by5’s mastermind, Dan Benjamin. It was so much fun, and I...

Nov 7, 2012

Paravel Lecture at Texas State University

Today, the three Texans behind Paravel Inc stopped by Texas State’s Art & Design Program to talk to our Communication Design students and the general public about their history, their process, and responsive web design. I’ve been excited for...

Nov 2, 2012

Design 1-Up, A Panel at Mass Comm Week

I was recently invited by Professor Cindy Royal, from Texas State University’s Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, to moderate a panel at Mass Communication Week. I invited two extremely talented and experienced friends to be a part of the...

Oct 28, 2012

Paravel Inc is coming to Texas State!

I’m so excited to announce that on November 7th, at 7pm, Trent Walton, Dave Rupert, and Reagan Ray of Paravel Inc, an Austin-based interactive shop, will be dropping by Texas State to discuss Responsive Web Design and...

Oct 17, 2012

Poster for Tomorrow Announcement

Four students from my summer ARTC4313H Poster Design course have work that has been shortlisted in the International competition and traveling exhibition, PosterForTomorrow. The students are Zachary Colquitt, Stephanie Triplett, Mark Fallis, and Kristin Sikes. On December 10th, we...

Oct 12, 2012

PosterForTomorrow Results Announced

After waiting for months to hear results, we just found today that posters by my Summer 2012 Poster class students, Zachary Colquitt and Stephanie Triplett, were shortlisted by PosterForTomorrow. Their posters will exhibit in 24 countries all over the...

Oct 11, 2012

Mass Communication Week 2012

I am excited to announce that I will be speaking at Texas State University-San Marcos’s Mass Communication Week 2012. More soon!