Hello intrepid internet visitor! I started this blog in 2012 or so, as a queer femme technologist. Now, we have FemTech and other ways culture has expended – great! Read my tech how-tos and civic tech case studies here, or scroll down for my newer writing on design and speculative fiction.
Your Social Enterprise Startup Guide: Social Impact Business Plans and Startup Budgets
In this article explore social impact entrepreneurship and learn how to do three crucial activities to get your business idea going!
Apr 16, 2019 / 9min read. Read More
Design as intervention: ethical methods
Centering people’s full experiences when considering the impacts of design allows makers to create more ethically from a system-aware lens.
Apr 10, 2019 / 6min read. Read More
How to ruthlessly validate a new idea like a time-crunched designer.
How to find high-value problems behind the ideas you want to work on, and assess for desireability, viability and feasibility.
Feb 01, 2019 / 5min read. Read More
How I use zombie apocalypse speculative games to teach design-driven innovation
Innovation requires engagement in the problems of reality as well as a willingness to imagine the delights and pitfalls of possible…
Jan 10, 2019 / 10min read. Read More
Ten things theater taught me that are useful for human-centered design facilitation
First they tell you that being a theatre nerd won’t get you anywhere.
Jan 04, 2019 / 6min read. Read More
Using wondrous maps for on-boarding & wayfinding: Speculative design methods part 1
UX design and facilitation of two on-boarding sequences, using a speculative storytelling method
Oct 26, 2018 / 5min read. Read More
Innovation in blockchain startups: case study of a design thinking project at a venture accelerator
In this piece I share a case study of a startup team I worked with recently, one problem-solving method we used together, and some…
Oct 19, 2018 / 7min read. Read More
Five minute design thinking question prompts to unpack problems
Better questions ensure we’re solving more impactful problems. How can we use them often?
Sep 25, 2018 / 3min read. Read More
Onboarding to Money: a product review
Money itself is an abstraction layer
Sep 19, 2018 / 5min read. Read More
Civic participation, digital infrastructure, and why the US is behind
The one simple thing that US digital infrastructure can’t do to encourage civic participation: Share UIDs
Feb 28, 2018 / 4min read. Read More