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  • To CBD, or not to CBD, that is the question

    To CBD, or not to CBD, that is the question

    Imagine going to a new coffee shop and they start making your coffee without getting your order. It’s not uncommon for companies and design teams to move immediately to visual design whenever a design need is identified which feels an awful lot like that scenario above. This leads to wasted time and effort (engineers…

  • 6 Common Information Architecture Culprits and What Spotify Can Teach Us About IA

    6 Common Information Architecture Culprits and What Spotify Can Teach Us About IA

    What’s your favorite music genre? According to Spotify, there are at least 1383 different ways to answer that question. Maybe Hip hop is your thing or Rock, but also maybe Heavy Christmas, Pirate Metal, Hatecore, or—God forbid—Ambient. My top genres are Rap, R&B, Pop, Indie, Soul & Funk. While all 1383 music genres exist…

  • A Content Designer’s Guide to Content Inventory & Auditing (ft Desperate Housewives)

    A Content Designer’s Guide to Content Inventory & Auditing (ft Desperate Housewives)

    If there’s one thing I’ve learned from watching Desperate Housewives, it’s that the more you suppress your emotions and how you really feel, the more cruel, ugly, and heartbreaking they’ll become when (and if) they come to the surface. If there’s one other thing that I’ve learned from watching Desperate Housewives, it’s that they…

  • Another scary story about my eye

    Another scary story about my eye

    Part 1 – August 5, 2023 This story can start a few different ways. It can start with me in a doctor’s office with a full face of glam on and one tear going down my face, disregarding all the cream, powder, liquid foundations, concealers, blushes, and bronzers a makeup artist so carefully layered…

  • Matt Levine & The Impact of Nonnative English Speakers on the Workplace

    Matt Levine & The Impact of Nonnative English Speakers on the Workplace

    Around 8,025 billion people live on our planet. Despite that, we still say “one in a million” when we want to express that something is special. Around 2.4 billion people speak English. For 2 billion of us, English is a second language. Despite that, the onus to adapt and speak a specific type of…

  • I’ve been lying to you

    I’ve been lying to you

    If you’re friends with people who live on different continents, you’re probably aware of the existence of the formal, quarterly-ish Catch-up call™. Both parties commit to talking to each other on video for an hour or so so as not to rely on Instagram story replies and sending memes as the only communication method…

  • The 3 Phrases of Making a Major (or Minor) Life Change

    The 3 Phrases of Making a Major (or Minor) Life Change

    This title has been borrowed and altered slightly from Harvard Business Review‘s The 3 Phases of Making a Major Life Change. I’m in awe of the sheer number of people thinking at this exact moment about changing their lives. From this stranger near me spending her Saturday morning alone in a coffee shop, taking…

  • Boundaries and starting over: Haircuts & blood samples

    Boundaries and starting over: Haircuts & blood samples

    What do they sprinkle on new beginnings to make them so intoxicating?! Nothing acts as a catalyst of change more than a new start: birthdays, New Years, moving houses, new jobs. You have the power to change your life at any time, but “I’ll stop smoking in the new year” or “I’m gonna start…

  • Becoming you

    Becoming you

    Dear café, I’m back! You may not remember me. A decade has passed since the last time I was here. You may also not remember me because you’re a coffee shop, not a living, breathing being with the ability to remember. You can’t even read this article. I digress. Last time we met, I…