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Thanks for signing up for my newsletter and welcome to the first edition.
It’s starting to feel like summer in the Bay Area. I’m fully vaccinated and have some exciting professional news this week. I’m optimistic about what the summer and fall will bring to the country. I’m hoping vaccination efforts will spread throughout the world and that vaccine hesitancy will wane in the United States. Here’s the latest from me:
Some recent blog posts:
- What UX teams can learn from a 1980s car plant in Fremont. NUMMI, a joint partnership between GM and Toyota, offers lessons in teamwork, leadership, and quality control.
- Do you need a PhD to become a UX researcher? There are many paths to starting a career in UX research.
- How to make the most of your UX internship. What nobody tells you in school
- A guide to interviewing for UX research jobs. From the perspective of a UX research manager
What I’m reading this week:
Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family details the story of a Colorado family with 12 kids, 6 of whom suffered from schizophrenia. It’s a fascinating, gripping story but also a hard read.
In the news:
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention all the violence happening in Jerusalem, Gaza, and Israel. I am heartbroken to see so much suffering and hoping for a peaceful end to the latest conflict soon. If you’re interested in learning more about the current conflict and the Palestinian experience in general, here are a few resources I’d recommend:
- The Daily (May 13, 2021) — a balanced look at the current conflict.
- The Lemon Tree — [non-fiction] tells the story of a Palestinian and Israeli who had lived in the same house at different points. Interspersed between the personal narrative is a history of both people, the conflict, and the land.
- Salt Houses — [fiction] a tale of a Palestinian family across several generations and their displacement from Palestine and Kuwait as geopolitical events take place.
Wishing you peace,