Pick a topic, any topic!

At first it sounded like an awesome challenge. Pick a topic. Identify a problem. Solve it. Cool. Seems easy enough. Except it wasn’t. Ambiguity is exciting and its part of what attracted me to UX, but it’s also daunting. Working with a team to pick a topic out of thin air, find a problem, and then find a solution all within a two week sprint is tough. We spent hours the first day brainstorming and creating topic maps, talking circles around the different directions we could take the project. At a certain point we just had to lay a stake in the ground and decide on a topic. So that’s what we did. …


To date, I’ve been learning about UX in a linear fashion. Well, as linear as UX can be. We’ve been working through the design process, solving a problem from start to finish, but this newest project was a little different. I was to evaluate the website for the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD). This required looking at the process and the elements through a little bit of a different lens. The goal is still the same: to create an enjoyable experience for the user, but the road to getting there felt a little windier. The foundation was more or less already in place, but it was now my responsibility to figure out what flaws the site still had and how I could improve upon it. …


Health is vague. It means something different to everyone you ask. Even if you try to narrow their focus and ask just about mental health, the picture remains equally fuzzy. You’ll probably even hear a lot of people struggle to separate mental health from physical health. To many, they are one in the same, influencing and reacting to one another. The emphasis being placed on mental health is growing and gaining societal acceptance, but even so, there remain many questions surrounding what it means and how to improve it. …


The skills gap is getting wider and wider, but don’t tell that to General Assembly. Through their rigorous immersive courses, GA is doing everything in its power to close that gap. It is with this mission to close the gap in mind, that GA educates thousands of students every year to grow and develop skills within the tech field.

In order to successfully arm students with the necessary knowledge to enter the workforce, General Assembly has meticulously crafted their immersive courses to demand students full time and attention. …

Michael LoPreto

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