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Final Photo of Fintech company Carta’s San Francisco Workspace

I get a lot of questions, or confused looks when I tell people architecture and product design are very similar. Today I thought I’d use this space to show the truth behind this statement! Inspired by another article which speaks to the soft skill similarities, my focus is on the hard skills. I want employers to see the design processes side by side and show how much these two disciplines truly have in common.

As you already know, the design process is based around a user’s experience. Whether this experience involves physical or digital interactions, the goals are one in the same, and the process in achieving those goals are actually alike too. …


a mockingbird illustration with quote from to kill a mockingbird novel
a mockingbird illustration with quote from to kill a mockingbird novel

Often times we use the word empathy as a core design principle, but are we really doing our part in staying true to that in our everyday practice? It seems like a given, of course we do! But the truth is, there are just some products that require more of it than others. Eg: mental health, debt, fertility, divorce..I’m talking about the heavy hitters here.

I wanted to write about this topic because I recently worked on a passion project inspired by a friend undergoing her second round of IVF treatment (In Vitro Fertilization) without success. …

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