Welcome to The Design Bug!

Hello! My name is Monica and I’d like to give a warm welcome to all creative types! To all the aspiring artists, writers, bakers, travelers, photographers, creators, and so on. To anyone who lives for those elusive bursts of creativity and inspiration in whatever form they make take.

Now, if you’re anything like me, those moments of inspiration and untethered creativity are amazing, but they don’t come around as often as you’d like. Life gets busy, work doesn’t do itself, and free time doesn’t alway feel so free. Continue reading “Welcome to The Design Bug!”

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UX: Harmonizing through Patterns

Hi readers! This summer I’ve had the awesome opportunity to do some work in user experience design. I began this summer with a limited knowledge of UX and the principles behind it. However, I have picked up a whole list of new tricks and approaches toward UX.  Continue reading “UX: Harmonizing through Patterns”

Just Peachy

Summer, like all the seasons, is associated with certain things, places, and feelings. And just like all the seasons, summer is a perfect opportunity to enjoy some “everyday design”, such as the radiant colors of flowers and bright green grass, or the sound of ocean waves, the smell of sunscreen, and the feel of summer night air. Continue reading “Just Peachy”

Looking for Reprieve

Every single one of us is different. We all lead different lives and experience a wide variety of different things. But despite our differences, there is one thing we all share in common: the ability to stress and lose sight of the things we enjoy. It’s easy to look forward to things like the weekend and vacations. These are times when we get to leave  Continue reading “Looking for Reprieve”

Never Stop Pursuing

This past semester, I got the opportunity to take a very interesting class. The whole objective of this class was to conduct in depth research into an area of interest. I got to choose my topic of study, set my own syllabus, and develop my own research. This class provided a very unique opportunity for me to dive headfirst into topics that I had hoped Continue reading “Never Stop Pursuing”

Book Review: The Design of Everyday Things

For anyone even remotely interested in design, whether it be graphic design, product, design, user experience design, industrial design, etc., I HIGHLY recommend reading The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman. I was drawn to this book because of Norman’s work in user experience design, but the principles discussed in this book apply to all facets of design. In The Design of Everyday Things, Norman addresses the key differences between good and bad design, how to promote the good, and how to avoid the bad. Continue reading “Book Review: The Design of Everyday Things”

The Revelation of a Creative Techie

via Daily Prompt: Lifestyle

We’ve all heard about the left brain versus right brain dominance. We know how it goes. If you’re “left-brained”, then you’re a more analytical or logical thinker. If you’re “right-brained”, then you have a tendency to be more creative or artistic. While I think this insight can be useful, it has often left me wondering where I fall and what I should be doing. Continue reading “The Revelation of a Creative Techie”

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