Crab fighting rings: lessons from a scientist turned designer

3 design lessons from experimental marine biology


Once upon a time.

So, Science.

(Left) How people imagine science. It’s how textbooks read. Clean, precise, methodical (Right) My lab. We were messy, iterative, and scrappy — all things that helped us be prolific.

1. Embrace uncertainty

“Don’t come home until you figure it out.”

We failed and laughed often.

2. Expect to fail

An example of a healthy vs. die-off marsh on Cape Cod.

3. Embed your research


Success at last.

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Caitlin Brisson

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Product Designer at Gusto // Visual scientist

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