useful illustrations for off-season shoe storage

The seasons are changing and I am swapping out summer things for winter things, starting with the hardest things to wear out-of-season: shoes. Everyone says you should put one pair in one box and stick a photo on it. But those people must have a home printer or a way to take expert photos on white […] continue reading »

“an Agile user story is ready when…” definitions (comic strip version!)

In my most recent job, we are working in Agile. This is something I am unfamiliar with and am having fun learning about. Possibly too much fun. Today, we had people stopping on their way to places just to look at our team’s definitions of “ready”. The chipmunk (I attempted a kitten) asking for comments […] continue reading »

linear calendar for better planning (with post its)

Despite being an Engineer (or perhaps because of it) I am prone to reinventing the wheel. This is a post about how I reinvented the calendar, for the purposes of planning ahead, and doing it better. I am unsatisfied with calendars. Base 7 doesn’t come as naturally as base 10. And cutting things up in […] continue reading »

how I used UX principles to organise my wardrobe

The basis of User Experience is “who is the user” and “what do they need”. I have applied these principles to my wardrobe. Here’s how. primary wardrobe usage: getting dressed for what the day holds I use my wardrobe for getting dressed in the mornings, and for putting clothes away in the evenings (or after […] continue reading »

heuristics of giving and receiving gifts

I love giving gifts. I also love receiving them. Over the years, I have discovered a few basic rules about gifts. Good gifts. Both the giving and receiving. December is upon us, so I am sharing them in case someone finds them helpful. Getting the right thing, seeing the reaction of surprise, delight and happiness. […] continue reading »