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Here I write down my thoughts and experiences coming from both work and private life.

Why we should spend more time understanding our co-workers

posted on 10th October 2020

In an ideal scenario, design decisions are made by designers with the end user in mind while leaving their own bias outside. In reality though, design decisions are made collectively by a group of…

people over product

Distance at Work

posted on 28th September 2020

Since corona infections started rising and the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic in March 2020, I’ve been working from home as many people across the globe. As many countries are c…

stay close

How to own a job interview

posted on 10th September 2020

Job interviews are always experiences of joy and frustration. Joy if you feel like you met like-minded people you would like to work with. Frustration if you ended up in an interrogation about your…

make it yours

5 Things Non-Vegans say about Vegans

posted on 2nd September 2020

Eating 90% vegan for almost a year and having been vegetarian for about 5 years, I came across a lot of people who gave me their opinions about vegans. It often felt like non-vegans have a bigger need…

trust in science

On Sustainability

posted on 24th August 2020

There is barely a topic I have been thinking more about in the lasts months than sustainability. Being boosted by the Fridays for Future movement and most recently by the corona pandemic,…

save us

Routines vs. Constants

posted on 27th July 2020

Whenever I switch jobs, I reflect on what was good and bad in all my previous jobs and what I’m hoping for in the next one. As the list of previous jobs grows, I have more data to draw my conclusions f…

trust the team

The Dark Side of Human-Centricity

posted on 16th May 2020

My vision is to make the world more human-centred. I’m bringing my vision to life by designing products that are driven by human needs rather than technology. I also give workshops about user research a…

unshadow

#StayHome Journal

posted on 20th April 2020

Intro In March 2020, the spread of the corona virus SARS-CoV-2 was declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). As a consequence, many countries took precautions to minimise the…

stay safe

4 Day Work Week

posted on 2nd March 2020

It’s a been a month since I switched from a 5 day work week to a 4 day work week, so I thought it’s time for a little recap. In order to cover the boring details, I’ll quickly answer some of the most commo…

be bored

5 Types of User Testing Participants

posted on 15th February 2020

Every designer is constantly involved in user testing. Without user testing, we wouldn’t know if our design is easy to use and helps users to get their job done. User testing is actually not the right t…

always 5

Forming Habits

posted on 9th February 2020

In my work, I constantly deal with habits. As a designer, my job is to understand users’ existing habits and create products and services that change those or build new ones. Preferably, the products o…

reflect and act

2020

posted on 15th January 2020

End of the year means for most people to come up with new year’s resolutions. I’m not a big fan of new year’s resolutions because I’m not good at fulfilling them. I tend to come up with too many and realise…

focus forward

Designers Don’t Solve Problems (Yet)

posted on 9th December 2018

As designers, we spend time solving business problems and helping companies optimise and achieve their business goals. Therefore we claim to be problem solvers, but the truth is, most of us are not.…

face it

On FOMO at Work

posted on 25th May 2018

There were different reasons why I quit my job in the past few years. One was because the chance of living abroad opened up, which had always been on my bucket list. So I moved abroad. Another reason…

YOLO, not FOMO

20 months of living in London

posted on 30th June 2017

In summer 2015, my boyfriend and I decided to move to London. In June 2017 we moved back to Berlin where we lived before. This post is about the 20 months in between and how they shaped my view on…

don’t miss it

Failure in Design (and How to Recover)

posted on 31st January 2017

In this post I want to talk about failure. So far, I’ve mainly come across failure under the buzzword “fail fast, fail often”, which is used to explain an experiment-based approach of building produ…

fail fast, learn fast

Designing a Londoner’s Commute

posted on 22nd December 2016

With my new design job at Sofar Sounds came a new experience: Commuting in London. I soon realised that commuting isn’t the best experience London has to offer. What makes commuting in London generally c…

mind the gap

Designing with Real Data

posted on 31st October 2016

In my design work at Sofar Sounds, a website where users can find secret live music gigs in their city, I have to deal with various scenarios which mainly derive from two of our product’s c…

keep it real

Paper Prototyping in Practice

posted on 30th August 2016

For my project of designing a website for renting a holiday home, I currently sketch wireframes for any flow users may follow when they come to the website, based on user tasks and stories I defined…

start on paper

The Importance of Sharing Expectations

posted on 28th June 2016

Today I finished the Design Kit Prototyping Course, offered by IDEO.org and +ACUMEN. Although the course was run online, most of the work took place offline, because the course required to form a team…

sharing is caring

Failure Mapping of Purchasing a Round Trip Ticket

posted on 19th June 2016

In his blogpost about 13 design predictions for 2017, product designer Chase Buckley explains that “Failure Mapping” becomes an increasingly important UX practice in a future where we face new unt…

map it out

Key Takeaways for Designing Colour

posted on 15th May 2016

During designing my personal website, it came the moment when I needed to apply colour to my grayscale wireframes. I soon realised that colour is a detailed issue. The challenge of picking the right…

spot the detail

Why I Like Being Self-taught

posted on 30th March 2016

When I made the decision to become a UX designer, I had one main question: How do I learn all that stuff? UX is in fact a profession consisting of a large number of diverse disciplines which themselves…

see my approach

5 UX Insights: What I learned from the Course

posted on 29th February 2016

In January I started participating in an online course called Interaction Design on coursera. More precisely, the course is a specialisation consisting of 8 single courses. Each of them can be enrolled…

get the insights

Why I Decided to Become a UX Designer

posted on 15th January 2016

The Design Part I was always fascinated of the value and impact design has on many areas of life. There was a time, I was really into fashion and dreamed of a career in fashion design. I did an…

follow my journey