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“I’m usually not that negative but this is bad…” — Well-meaning fellow designer In a matter of minutes, a few more comments popped out mocking my poor writing and lack of actionable information in my article. My mood sank. They are right! I start writing responses to each one, justifying myself like a schoolgirl without homework. Five seconds later ...
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Accepting acne and fighting against imposed ideals of beauty Photo by Noah Buscher on Unsplash I want to talk about spots. Zits. Acne. Something many of us suffer from, but not many of us embrace or accept, or even feel comfortable talking about. Every day I wake up, look in the mirror and count my acne. How many do I have today? Have they got bigg ...
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To those feeling like they don’t belong, you’re not alone. Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash The thought of writing my feelings on a blank screen terrifies me. I don’t know how to start and what exactly it is to write. I guess it’s because people don’t usually talk about this. And there is not enough vocabulary to precisely describe how I feel… Mo ...
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Exploring The Evolution of UX — The Brazilian Perspective I’ve been invited by Suj Premachandran from Digital Influx to talk about the Evolution of UX from a Brazilian Perspective with Bruna de Castro and Guilherme Skinner. So, I decided to put their questions into a context and write about it, also showing a little bit about the Brazilian scenery. ...
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The sum of small ones mean more Photo by Waldemar Brandt on Unsplash “You don’t try to build a wall. You don’t set out to build a wall. You don’t say ‘I’m going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that’s ever been built.’ You don’t start there. You say ‘I’m gonna lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid,’ and you do that every si ...
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Write down the narrative of your project. Why you started this project? Is it because the executive told you to do so? Why do they think it’s a good idea? Is there any evidence to support their argument? By writing, you’re making sense of things. You might feel you know so little about the project after you write. This is great because you started ...
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Poem for an Indoor Life My life is all dish soap and mismatched lids, no one sees. They think I’m ready for kids. I’m getting on in years I live in a world that no one knows surrounded by people, but always alone. Just by luck I guess, I’d get into this mess. I’m drawing faces on objects that are pronouncing me King. Personified and so alive, locke ...
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Good reads from the past week photo source The End Of Ancestral and Racial Superiority In his book, A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived, geneticist Adam Rutherford mentions some interesting things scientists have learned through the study of genetics… 7 Core Traits of Authentic People #4. They apply Kintsukuroi to their life… Searching In Th ...
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Relocation Is Not Just About a New Place — It’s About a New You Hear it from the one who has done it 14 times Photo by Nubia Navarro (nubikini) from Pexels There is a common belief among Hindus that moles tell a lot about one’s personality and life. I have one beneath my feet, and as goes the belief, that denotes the person gets a lot of opportunit ...
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Happy New Year and welcome to the first newsletter of the year :) I’m starting the year with a bit of spring cleaning. I decided to stop publishing to mjbraganza.com Yes, the book review and the photo website is now gone. I had started it to give my family and friends the option where they did not have to see me work rants and struggles. A few year
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Huzzah! The sprint is over. So, now what? The end of a sprint is a great time to review the progress of an ongoing project. Teams can use a Sprint Retrospective to reflect on “what they have done” and “what they should do”. It’s easy to think of Retrospectives as merely an opportunity to capture lessons learned after every sprint, but this is not e ...
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Photo by Jonathan Klok on Unsplash The image above perfectly depicts how my journey has been for the past couple of months working as a software engineer at an education tech startup company known as WorkSchool. Just as attempting to walk the bridge above, working at a startup has been a giant step out of my comfort zone. The thought of working at ...
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Ok, one more time. I know there have been lots of one more times before, but I am going to keep at this until I get proficient enough at this to land a job :) And while I may not be brainy enough, the one thing I can do is be persistent enough to show up. This time, I will focus on building tiny projects. I realise my life is too chaotic for #100Da
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It can be a difficult journey, but the effort is not pointless. Photo by Felipe Furtado on Unsplash The fact that habits are usually hard to develop and, more importantly, maintain for a long time, is really nothing new. I’m pretty sure that almost everyone has at some point in their lives wanted to build a new positive habit or has known someone e ...
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In this article, we’ll try to develop sound understanding of UX research methods and their possible implications. User experience research is one of the most mistaken yet critical phases in UX design. Often perceived as an afterthought or an unaffordable extravagance, UX research and user testing should be a part of every design decision. Stay Safe ...
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We humans crave a perfectly ordered world though the chances of something going as intended is fairly rare. When there’s more than one human being involved in the equation, the predictability goes for a further toss. What do we do when things do not turn out as intended? Instead of being curious and trying to learn from the situation, our mind assu ...
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Why creativity doesn’t “exist” (and how to deal with it) Photo by Eric TERRADE on Unsplash I always felt not creative. So I decided to get a bachelor’s degree in STEM hoping to have a strong analytical personality, but after those long years of college, I sadly noticed that it wasn’t a good choice. I was missing something. I was missing putting som ...
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Tipi Online Talks 2020 About my experience and a new role — based on running Tipi Online Talks project. About my experience and a new role — based on running Tipi Online Talks project. For 10 weeks, I have been co-creating Tipi Online Talks — a project that started small and spontaneously. Not only did it morph into a safe zone for exchanging exper ...
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Photo by Adli Wahid on Unsplash It was just another night at home. There I was, lying and just about to sleep when a thought struck me. I remembered all the tough times I had gone through and experienced. It surprised me as to how I actually came out of all those situations. I was grateful to myself for surviving all of that. So I took a notebook a ...
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