Image Description: An illustration showing two people arranging different abstracted elements from the US and Canadian flags.

Canada Day and the Fourth of July are more than just simple celebrations of triumph, and mean very different things to different individuals and communities.

We cannot ignore that our countries were based on the abduction and enslavement of African people, the displacement and genocide of Indigenous people, and the annexation of lands. Indigenous peoples, people of color, and many other minority communities have long been recipients of systemic oppression, the roots of which are printed in many of our founding documents and court rulings.

While acknowledging these wrongdoings, there is also reason to celebrate. US independence was a fight…


This Pride flag highlights the beginning of the LGBTQIA+ Pride Movement in the US led by a Black Trans woman, Marsha P. Johnson and Trans PoC like Sylvia Rivera. The flag centers Trans Black and Brown people, who endure disproportionate murder rates and other transphobic targeting. Concept Artist: Julia Feliz; Graphic Designer: Hayley Brown. http://www.newprideflag.com/

Disclaimer: In our diversity efforts so far, we’ve taken a broad approach to educating about marginalized groups, with an emphasis on racism, which we view as a major issue (specifically in the US). We have not previously addressed history, heritage, and pride months (i.e. Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Disability Employment Awareness Month, etc.). As an active member in the LGBTQIA+ community I have the most knowledge and ability to speak on this topic, so we’re starting here. Going forward, Versett and I want to do better in celebrating other history, heritage, and pride months in the same way.


Image Description: An illustration showing a brain, an eye, bottled water, an avocado, a scale, and a medical book.

Disclaimer: In this post, I’ll be using the term “fat.” Fat is a neutral descriptor, similar to tall or short; it’s the stigma we attach to the word that is harmful. Fat individuals have reclaimed the word, similar to how LGBTQIA+ individuals have reclaimed the word “queer.” While fat is something people should be able to choose to identify as, rather than be labelled as, for the purpose of this discussion I use the term generally to refer to people in the “overweight,” “obese,” and “very obese” BMI bands. …


Image Description: An illustration showing elements representing weight, diet and appearance including a scale, running sneakers, lipstick, tea, an eyeshadow palette, a purse, and hand weights.

Disclaimer: In this post, I’ll be using the term “fat.” Fat is a neutral descriptor, similar to tall or short; it’s the stigma we attach to the word that is harmful. Fat individuals have reclaimed the word, similar to how LGBTQIA+ individuals have reclaimed the word “queer.” While fat is something people should be able to choose to identify as, rather than be labelled as, for the purpose of this discussion I use the term generally to refer to people in the “overweight,” “obese,” and “very obese” BMI bands. …


Image Description: The artwork “Nudes and Masks” by Pan Yuliang with the text “Issue 12” and “SparkNotes: Bringing Diversity & Inclusivity into the Workplace” on top of a dark blue background.

This piece was originally written in April 2018 and published on Desk Lunch Issue 12 on May 9, 2018.

While recent popular news may have you believing otherwise, diversity and inclusivity in the workplace are not new problems or issues. The existence of widespread sexual harassment on the job has never been much of a secret. Women have been calling for “equal pay for equal work” since the 1800s. …


Image Description: An illustration showing an archery target with an arrow in the bullseye.

This post is part of our D&I series. For more information, please take a look at the Versett 2017 diversity report.

When designed thoughtfully, Diversity and Inclusivity (D&I) helps everyone. There is currently no standard D&I checklist or guide to best practices to follow — every company, department, or team will have different targets. In this blog post, we hope to provide a platform for learning, sharing knowledge, and providing useful resources that we found helpful at Versett.

The first step to achieving goals is setting them. Targets are achievable, time-based goals that help to focus attention, clarify accountabilities, and…


Image Description: An illustration showing multiple items including; an open textbook, two sticky notes, a ruler, a pencil, three pieces of paper with writing, ink, a quill, and a bookmarked notebook.

This post is part of our D&I series. For more information, please take a look at the Versett 2017 diversity report.

We want everyone at Versett to be comfortable bringing their entire selves to work every day, and that means taking action to create a diverse and welcoming workplace that’s ready for growth. Our industry faces a serious imbalance of representation, with systematic consequences for wealth and opportunity. We need to combat this inequality by intentionally creating a safe and connected environment for everyone to be themselves, grow as people, and build great products.

To us, diversity represents everything that…


It’s important to use platform specific conventions users are comfortable with on cross platform apps. However, having a consistent experience across platforms can be great for user experience. Normally, one clear difference in cross platform apps is navigation. While the bottom navigation bar has been a part of material design since 2016, most Android apps are still using a hamburger icon and navigation drawer for their main navigation even if their iOS counterparts use a bottom navigation bar. …


In this post I discuss video compression for iOS apps using Adobe After Effects and Adobe Media Encoder.

Video engagement on web and mobile devices has never been higher. Social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are filled with videos; Facebook even has an entire tab devoted to videos. Now non-social media apps are turning to video as well. Many companies including Airbnb, Sonos, Gatorade, and Kayla Itsines have seen tremendous success using video advertisements on Instagram while companies like Saks show in-app product videos for their best-selling items.


Most people in the United States assume abortion is fairly accessible and affordable, protected by Roe. They are often not aware of the restrictions and laws on abortion at the state level, and assume that abortion is more accessible now than in the past.

Sadly, this is far from the truth.

In 2010, 5 million women of reproductive age lived in a state with multiple barriers to abortion. By the beginning of 2015, that number had grown to 25 million women; more than one-quarter of the 1,074 state abortion restrictions since Roe v. Wade were enacted between 2011 and 2015

Sarah Hayley Armstrong

UI/UX Designer. Brooklyn. Product designer at Stash. Pronouns she/her.

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