Slow Print: SVC's Designer in Residence, Claudia Castro Luna, is putting the power of the press into the pockets of the people

Slow Print: SVC's Designer in Residence, Claudia Castro Luna, is putting the power of the press into the pockets of the people

April is National Poetry Month; across the country there are festivals, readings, workshops, and write-ins that celebrate the power and beauty of words. As Washington State Poet Laureate and as SVC’s Designer in Residence, I created a project to acknowledge the month, and April 26th in particular, which is also known as National Poem In Your Pocket Day.

‘Day in the Life’ with interaction designer, working mom, and SVC instructor Cheryl Couris

‘Day in the Life’ with interaction designer, working mom, and SVC instructor Cheryl Couris

Some of you may know me as a UX instructor at SVC, others from my past life as a senior UX manager at Microsoft, or possibly from my current gig as an interaction designer at Google, but you’ll all soon come to realize I’m just a creative problem solver trying to juggle work, life, and making it to the office without toddler-sized almond butter handprints on my shirt. Come along for the ride on a random Wednesday and see how I put all those user experience fundamental skills into practice in “real life” as I work to design simple, beautiful products that users (hopefully) love.

Why are your PowerPoints so crappy?

Why are your PowerPoints so crappy?

How many painful presentations start with needless introductions and rambling preambles? That’s a surefire way to lose your audience from the get-go, says Larry Asher, creative director at Seattle’s School of Visual Concepts (SVC). “Even if you’re not boring them, you’re announcing that this will be the same thing they’ve heard a million times.”

Where the jobs are: The Seattle edition

Where the jobs are: The Seattle edition

Spend a few minutes on Glassdoor.com and it can quickly turn into an obsession. That’s the website where job-seekers investigate job postings, companies’ cultures, and the quirks of their interviewing style.

Did you know, for example, that when trying to land a spot at Whole Foods you might be asked whether you’d rather fight one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses? As long as they’re free-range, isn’t that the important thing?