This year has likely taught us all some interesting lessons about how we work and the psychological impact of being removed from our customary social interactions. We know from the experts that:

…communication and shared identity within a team can mediate the effects of physical separation

Even before the events this year changed how many of us live and work, more than 26 million Americans (~16% of the workforce) were working remotely at least sometimes. …


My history at Vehikl

After seven years and seven months, many emotionally draining conversations, and more than a few restless nights, I’ve made the choice to move on from Vehikl.

This wasn’t an easy decision, and certainly wasn’t a knee-jerk one. For some of you, this may come as a bit of a surprise. After all (I’ve been reminded), wasn’t I there at the beginning; helping to build and shape this? Don’t I have a pretty sweet gig, with lots of freedom, and opportunities for travel in between working on interesting and rewarding projects? …


This is a love story between FontAwesome’s Pro icon pack (v5) and an Ionic (v4) project using Angular (v7).

First, some back story.

Working at a software consultancy building products for other people, choosing a tech stack is more complicated than simply what we want to use. There are numerous considerations for the technologies chosen on projects.

Consideration: The Client

First off, there are some high-level questions about existing technologies the client is using in-house:

  • What, if anything, is their team currently using?
  • What do they want to be using?
  • What opportunities do they have for training or hiring if we choose a technology their current team…


The right tool is the one that works! Credit: Caryn Farvour

Apply user experience principles to every day practices

Together, with five experienced UX professionals, designers, and successful authors we’re going to share with you our favorite tools and habits for applying usability in everyday work. These folks know their stuff, and I’m sure you’ll learn a great deal following the work each of them does.

Many thanks to Ryan Singer (Felt Presence, Basecamp), Brad Colbow (Colbow Design, The Brads), Sarah Doody (The UX Notebook, UX Mentor), Jeff Gothelf (author Lean UX, Sense & Respond), and Josh Seiden (author Lean UX, Sense & Respond).


Applying what you’ve learned is always rewarding. Credit: Caryn Farvour

Apply user experience principles to every day practices

Together, with five experienced UX professionals, designers, and successful authors we’re going to share with you our favorite tools and habits for applying usability in everyday work. These folks know their stuff, and I’m sure you’ll learn a great deal following the work each of them does.

Many thanks to Ryan Singer (Felt Presence, Basecamp), Brad Colbow (Colbow Design, The Brads), Sarah Doody (The UX Notebook, UX Mentor), Jeff Gothelf (author Lean UX, Sense & Respond), and Josh Seiden (author Lean UX, Sense & Respond).


A UX evaluation, interface redesign, and front-end refactor

Knak is an enterprise email creation platform built to help large teams build on-brand emails faster and more efficiently than ever before.

The Challenge

Knak grew and developed their platform in a rapid fashion common with successful software companies. As a result of their rapid growth, and by prioritizing customer needs, various areas of their platform were beginning to experience divergent designs among some areas of the app. In addition, they began to accumulate technical debt in their front-end code.

Areas of Concern

  • Inconsistent interfaces
  • Front-end technical debt
  • Lack of design patterns

Primary Goals

  • Create a consistent interface for all areas of the app
  • Update and streamline…


Cars: a perfect example of applied user-first design. Credit: Caryn Farvour

Apply user experience principles to every day practices

Together, with five experienced UX professionals, designers, and successful authors we’re going to share with you our favorite tools and habits for applying usability in everyday work. These folks know their stuff, and I’m sure you’ll learn a great deal following the work each of them does.

Many thanks to Ryan Singer (Felt Presence, Basecamp), Brad Colbow (Colbow Design, The Brads), Sarah Doody (The UX Notebook, UX Mentor), Jeff Gothelf (author Lean UX, Sense & Respond), and Josh Seiden (author Lean UX, Sense & Respond).


Overcoming your doubts so you can talk in front of strangers and give back to the community.

Me and Jesse O’Brien Speaking at Laracon EU 2016

How do you know?

I am not a naturally-gifted public speaker. I am a bit of a goof, and can be a jokester in small groups, but even as a kid talking in front of a lot of people intimidated me.


But are your actions really even what you should be afraid of?

If you were to ask a man, it’s unlikely they’d find it difficult to define what it means to not harass or not assault a woman. But the definition of harassment and even assault is becoming very fluid in conversations among a specific group of people. And this is what is worrying people.

I had a chilling conversation with a group of men recently where they honestly opened up about their own stories on this topic.

All I did was participate in the conversation she started. Later she…


A practical guide

This article is based on a talk that Jesse O'Brien (senior developer at Vehikl) and I (our design director) have given at a few different events now. The talk (and this complementary article) will provide a frame for planning, working on, and shipping a software project.

Project Utopia: a talk by Jesse O’Brien and Caryn Humphreys at Laracon EU 2016 in Amsterdam

Whether you’re at a product company, consultancy, or you’re doing freelance, you may find yourself on projects that require you to work with team members across disciplines or with clients in varying domains.

We’re going to highlight some ways to make working in these differing environments more effective. We are going to go over…

Caryn Farvour (Humphreys)

UX Designer, UI Developer, PC gamer, bibliophile, board gamer, coffee drinker, painter, photographer, unapologetic smartass.

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