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How confronting my Imposter Syndrome led me to redefine growth based on values, not goals.

Setting growth as a goal

On a recent episode of the New Layer podcast, Jasmine Friedl and Tanner Christensen examined how design leaders define success for themselves and their teams. They explored the intersections between personal and professional success, individual and team success, and the roles personal values play in becoming a successful design leader.

This question has been on my mind, too, for quite some time. My path to design is rooted in business, psychology, and technology. In school, I explored neural science, psychology, business, web development, and computer science as I searched for a career path that combined my love of people with…


How our EPD squad used a heuristic analysis to inform product decisions.

(source: Giphy)

Background/Problem

At Movable Ink, our Engineers, Product Managers, and Product Designers work on close-knit teams to ensure we’re carefully considering the feasibility, viability, and usability perspective of all projects.

In this model, everyone on the team can bring their expertise to the larger group to facilitate more robust conversations.

A recent project found one of our teams in a position to evaluate an external tool to help us build better experiences for our users. For this effort, we knew we might look at multiple different tools to choose the…


I ran a personal retrospective in Notion to create and track more meaningful to-do lists and measure my growth as a product designer.

tl;dr duplicate this Notion template to try setting and tracking meaningful goals!

I love to-do lists. I love the feeling of crossing off each item during the day and the long column of tiny little checks at the end of the week. I’m not picky about the medium, either. I’ve used post-its, or, in a bind, scraps of paper. I’ve paid obscene amounts of money for a customizable day planner. I’ve downloaded enough task-tracking apps to warrant a dedicated folder on my phone.

Spongebob Squarepants unrolling a to-do list
Spongebob Squarepants unrolling a to-do list
Spongebob knows what I’m talking about. (Giphy)

I realized, though, at the end of 2019, that my to-do lists were just that — lists…


11 questions to ask your team before starting a project

First thing’s first, what’s a cross-functional product team?

Cross-functional product teams pull from the larger engineering, product, and design (EPD) teams and typically consist of one product designer, one product manager, and one or more engineers combining their superpowers toward building a either a specific or a set of product features. These multidisciplinary teams must work together to effectively assemble their skills in a way that enables them to build awesome products that satisfy both business and user goals.

EPD, Assemble!

So, what’s the value of aligning your cross-functional product team?

This group of engineers, product managers, and designers have come together from their larger teams to accomplish a goal toward the greater good, which necessitates a fair amount of…


Creating simple and complex symbols using Sketch’s latest feature.

On September 17, 2019, Sketch 58 was released and included a major efficiency boost for designers working with symbols.

From the Sketch Release Notes:

With Smart Layout, we’re making Symbols more powerful and supercharging your workflow when it comes to using them in your designs. With it, you can set a direction for Symbols to resize when you change their overrides, while keeping the spacing between different layers in that Symbol consistent. Better still, you can set different Smart Layout settings for Nested Symbols and even groups within Symbols. …


Confession time: Before today, I didn’t fully understand what Blockchain was. I’ve read articles about its influence, and I’ve been tracking the skyrocketing price of BitCoin for the last year, but not until BlockChain Unchained: Set Up Your Digital Wallet Today, did it finally make sense.

Artonia Bogo, Senior Technology Consultant at SAP, Ricarda Schüler, Blockchain Developer at SAP, and Lucía Pasarin described the origin and structure of Blockchain at the 2017 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.


As a lover of all things relating to human-computer interaction, the HCI track at the 2017 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing really stood out to me. The HCI Presentations block in particular caught my attention, which provided me the opportunity to listen to three passionate UXers describe their work.

Emily Grace, Capital One

Emily Grace did not start her career as a UX Researcher. Instead, her path began as an Anthropologist, researching cultures all across the globe to understand the mysteries of humanity. …


On a typical day, I’m between the UX and Front-End Engineering spaces, so I was beyond excited to attend Presentations: Software Engineering Future and Trends on the Software Engineering Track at the 2017 Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing.

For an hour, I was able to listen to three accomplished Engineers discuss the strides they’ve made and the advancements they see coming to Software Engineering.

There’s a well-known image floating around the internet about the evolution of software architecture. The 90’s was the era of “spaghetti code”, where programming logic was jumbled in a mess of “goto” statements that…


This morning we’re starting #GHC2017 off by getting a little human. Actually, it’s technology that’s getting a little human.

Dr. Fei Fei Li, a Computer Vision and Artifical Intelligence expert from Stanford University and Google describes how she got started in tech at the boom of the Internet Era. She asks:

“What if we could use the internet to explore the world with the same interest that children do?”

Dr. Li and her team see Computer Vision as an integral piece of Artificial Intelligence. took to ImageNet to tackle their first challenge in understanding how Computers learn to see. ImageNet…

Loriah Pope

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