We often take for granted the icons around us, but they help us comprehend processes or topics that are foreign to us. It is often said that a photograph is worth a thousand words, that they tell a story. Designers use icons to explain processes and next steps with as…


This post was written as an assignment for the DesignLab UX Academy. The assignment prompts students to reflect on a product that they use frequently, the design patterns used, and the task flows that they follow.

It’s not about the destination but about the journey, so they say. But in…


Exploring Google Maps through the five attributes of usability

This post was written as an assignment for the DesignLab UX Academy. The assignment prompts students to reflect on the usability and accessibility of a product they have extensive experience with.

At the end of 2020, my husband and I officially moved to our current city of Chicago. Anyone who…


This post was written as an assignment for the DesignLab UX Academy. The assignment prompts students to explore how wrong assumptions can lead to faulty or poorly designed products and systems.

Gerber BabyNes machine (Image courtesy of BuyBuy Baby)

Imagine you are in a dark room, in the middle of the night, and roused from a deep sleep…

Nicole Marinas

UX Academy student at Designlab

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