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Nina Mehta

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What to do with a bullet-pointed list of features

Our client came in with a short bullet-pointed list of features they want for their new iPhone app. Part of their ask was for us to validate and build that list. This ask is a tricky situation when your client …

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Startup the Party: SF x Tokyo Underground Conference

Last week, some of our industry’s best entrepreneurs from around the world met in Tokyo for the world’s first underground conference. This weeklong event brought together people who work and play in the startup scene, dance music community and those …

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Name your CSS Swatches after Crayola Colors

“Is this dark blue, dark dark blue or black grey blue2?”

When building and growing a product fluidly, we don’t always know the entire color palate or library at the beginning of the project. And that’s how we end up …

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When your client wants crazy features

Sometimes our stakeholders ask for features that are counter to generally good ux and design practice. In the last six months, I’ve had clients say this to me:

are not user centric: “let’s make this feature so we can can…

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Execute! How we kicked off this D&F project by making things on Day 1

Traditionally, design firms help clients figure out what to build and dev shops do the engineering. Clients choose Labs because we can take a seed of an idea and make it live. Fast.

But because we’re known for building product, …

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How to take a leave of absence from work

As it turns out, I’m not invincible. In September I broke my most expensive finger and in February had to get surgery. It’s an especially difficult joint to heal so I had to spend 9 weeks out of work recovering. …

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Four iPhone apps with meaningful animations

Open up your hand-sized glowing rectangle. traverse a glorious landscape of stories, messages and photography anywhere in the universe. It’s really quite Incredible.

Taps, swipes and drags take us anywhere we want to go. However, these views, navigation structures and …

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HCI Connect Podcast with Nina Mehta

Tucked under warm blankets in below freezing Chicago weather on my birthday, I got on a video chat with two HCId students from my alma matter, Indiana University. I really enjoyed hearing about what they care about and want to …

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If your product team were Chess pieces

The game of Chess is a Kingdom’s of strategy, problem solving and battle together in conquest. The pieces and tactics in the game of chess are not so different than those on a product team, just hopefully less bloodshed.

The…

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Designing the Design Tool Box

Tucked and nestled inside these faked-out-book-boxes, are the supplies I use daily. I curated a list of my favorite Muji pens, the best whiteout, my required features in a ruler and why you should push for white sticky notes. Every …

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