Centered thoughts

  • Collaboration: An indispensable skill

    Collaboration: An indispensable skill

    Over time, I learned to collaborate. I began to get input from stakeholders early in a project to avoid disagreements later in the project. I learned how to structure activities like brainstorming sessions so that everyone could participate and share ideas. I realized that once you know how to collaborate effectively, you can produce better results—as a team—than you can on your own.



  • Learn more effectively by reflecting on what you learn

    Learn more effectively by reflecting on what you learn

    Paying attention to how you learn is part of becoming a better learner. You can also reflect on what you learn to help your learning stick.



  • Using an iterative design process at Center Centre

    Using an iterative design process at Center Centre

    At Center Centre, we use an iterative design process for just about everything we do. Iterating allows us to measure our progress and learn from our mistakes. We test big ideas using iteration. We also fine tune details like wording, size, and even color through iteration.



  • Figure out how you learn best

    Figure out how you learn best

    We often learn things when we need to. Remember the last time you were in a crunch to learn something so you could solve a new problem, or solve a familiar problem with a better solution? You might have learned something quickly, applied it right away, and moved on with your day. You might not have payed attention to your process of learning.



  • Sorting out this mess with Abby Covert & Andrew Hinton

    Sorting out this mess with Abby Covert & Andrew Hinton

    One of my favorite podcast episodes of 2015 is “Sorting Out this Mess,” a UX Podcast interview with Abby Covert and Andrew Hinton. It’s an impromptu, unplanned interview, but I was glued to the episode the entire time.



  • Choose your own adventure to learn usability testing basics

    Choose your own adventure to learn usability testing basics

    As we’ve developed the User Research Practices course, we’ve found a lot of resources to help our students learn the basics of usability testing. Below are some of our favorites. If you’d like to learn more about usability testing, use these resources to develop your own learning adventure.



  • Learning how to lead as a junior UX designer

    Learning how to lead as a junior UX designer

    You may also think of a leader as a person in a position of power and influence—people like Sheryl Sandberg, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Nelson Mandela. People often refer to an organization’s CEO, CTO, and CFO as “the leadership,” so maybe you think of the senior managers in your organization.



  • Learning with suggested core resources at Center Centre

    Learning with suggested core resources at Center Centre

    At Center Centre, we don’t require students to learn from one, specific source (or type of source). Students choose their own learning adventures. For each course, students create a personalized learning plan (PLP)—by choosing from an array of learning exercises and projects.



  • Learning facilitated leadership at Center Centre

    Learning facilitated leadership at Center Centre

    Like anything else in our industry, facilitation is a learned skill. Just like writing code or conducting a usability test, facilitation is something you learn. It’s a skill that’s improved and finessed through practice, over time.



  • Refining our courses with sticky notes (yes, sticky notes)

    Refining our courses with sticky notes (yes, sticky notes)

    While developing Center Centre’s Presenting course, something popped into my head (that happens a lot when I’m immersed in curriculum design). I realized that I can analyze the color of sticky notes to ensure that I’m providing our students with diverse learning resources.