Making it work as a researcher away from HQ in a highly collaborative team

Bukalapak Design has over 140 members including researchers, designers, content strategists, marketing designers, and operations team; most of them working from our headquarters in Jakarta. As one of only two researchers located in Bandung office, these are my notes about the challenges and lessons learned from working remotely day to day.

Top 10 Things I Wish I Could Do at Work, #7: Placing a sticky note on the wall as I make a point during discussion with my colleagues [You X Ventures on Unsplash]

Being one of the biggest online marketplaces in Indonesia, Bukalapak houses nearly 2500 talents spread across 70+ product squads. …


Making it work as a researcher away from HQ in a highly collaborative team

Bukalapak Design has over 140 members including researchers, designers, content strategists, marketing designers, and operations team; most of them working from our headquarters in Jakarta. As one of only two researchers located in Bandung office, these are my notes about the challenges and lessons learned from working remotely day to day.

Top 10 Things I Wish I Could Do at Work, #7: Placing a sticky note on the wall as I make a point during discussion with my colleagues [You X Ventures on Unsplash]

Being one of the biggest online marketplaces in Indonesia, Bukalapak houses nearly 2500 talents spread across 70+ product squads. …


Noun — A pause that gives the impression that it will be followed by something significant.

— Definition from Wiktionary.

When I started this draft back in October, the “something significant” was that we’re expecting. In December, it was that we lost the baby. Today, I have nothing truly significant to tell you — just wanted to get this damned draft out of my stories.

My husband and I have been married for more than three years without really trying to get pregnant. It’s not that we don’t want kids, it’s just that we don’t have any particular ambition to have one ASAP. And it was fine, mostly. Our first year was especially peaceful — we…


A reflection on X years of life

My notebook, everyday reminding me why my life sux sometimes

Happy belated birthday, self.

How are you? I can see that you’re feeling worse for wear lately. Is it old age? Is it regrets from missed opportunities that keeps piling on? Is it from running in place years after years?

Maybe you should learn, you know. Drop some of those baggage that aren’t even yours. You’re not even walking straight with your own baggage on your shoulder; stop trying to help others with theirs.

And quit trying to please everyone. You’ve been saying this to yourself for the last 10 years, fucking actually do it for once. People are greedy…


i.e. web technology. Because where’s my reality TV about the latest web technology, c’mon Hollywood.

Some stationeries and a random piece of code. Photo by Émile Perron on Unsplash and is completely decorative.

I started following CSS/webtech people on twitter around the end of last year. It is unclear whether it was a good thing or a bad thing, but here’s what I realized: 1) my front-end knowledge is pretty much obsolete, 2) I have so much (So. Much.) to catch up on, and 3) there are new shit popping up every day. Not that I was completely oblivious to these facts before, but it was becoming so real when my twitter timeline wouldn’t shut up about grid layouts when I haven’t even touched flexbox (ye, ye, I know).

I’ve been putting off…


It’s like trip planning, except with more instructional design

In Fall 2015, I had the chance to take Educational Goals, Instruction, and Assessment class taught by Sharon Carver. The class revolves around applied learning sciences, where we learned things about knowledge gaps, instruction design, and designing research for instructional design, among other things. This post is my takeaway — the big ideas I learned in class. Here, I use the analogy of learning as a journey, where teachers are the trip planners.

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Know Who You’re Going With

Who are your learners? It’s going to be a completely different trip when you’re going with children and when you’re going with teenagers. Identify their context and…


What‘s the deal with crowdsourcing and why do I want to know?

7 billion minds in the world, lots (lots lots) of possibilities | Photo by Cory Schadt on Unsplash

Crowdsourcing, from the words crowd and outsourcing, is the act of taking a job traditionally performed by a designated agent (e.g., an employee) and outsourcing it to an undefined, generally large group of people in the form of an open call. In other (oversimplified) words, crowdsourcing is asking a bunch of random strangers to do a job for you.

There are three important elements to crowdsourcing: requesters, workers, and incentives. Requesters are the people who send out the open call, i.e., people with needs that can be fulfilled or supplied through crowdsourcing. Workers are the group of people who provide…


What I learned from the year I spent managing a nonexistent product

I was working on an online mastery dashboard and testing platform for students who are preparing for college entrance exam | Photo by Bonnie Kittle on Unsplash

Up until July, my official title was “Product Manager”, and my job was to, well, manage a product. The product was supposed to be a spin-off of a project we had already finished, it had numerous potential users, and it was in an area I’m familiar with and ~passionate~ about. It was beautiful, just like every other failed plans out there.

Long story short, it didn’t work out. I overshot the scope of the product and it became a promising concept that consumed a lot of resources we didn’t have. I would know, because for months, we tried. …


For my Learner Experience Design class, I’m taking the topic learning HTML/CSS, specifically for people who don’t see programming as a future career (i.e., people who ‘hate programming’).

topic in depth

The topic I want to teach is HTML/CSS, and maybe an additional information about domain and hosting services. The current plan is to have an in-class, no laptop learning environment with 20–30 students. So far I’ve focused on design students as my target learners.

I want to address people who aren’t necessarily interested in (i.e., hate) programming. This means that the students are unlikely to have intrinsic motivation and most of the…


Learning nowadays has become very teacher-centered, when it should be learner-centered. In creating a learner-centered education, it is important to create an engaging experience for learners, where they can be actively involved in the lesson. This post includes the notes from the class Learner Experience Design that I’m taking this semester.

01.12 | the ways people learn

Q: what makes an effective learning experience?

We did an exercise where everyone takes turn trying to teach the class something about ourselves. The strategies that come up were games, patterns (e.g., rhymes), association (words, visual, spatial), making (e.g., …

Halida Astatin

Front-end web developer turned UX researcher, wants to do Things with educational technology

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