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Latest from Noor — May 15, 2021

Noor Ali-Hasan
May 15 · 2 min read
Fig tree in my backyard. Photo by author.

Hi,

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:

Photo by Science in HD on Unsplash

Professional news:

Google recently announced Entertainment Space, the project I’ve been working on for a couple of years. Wired talked a bit about the research we conducted.

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,
-Noor

Noor Ali-Hasan

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I’m a UX research lead at Google, where I help teams design and build desirable and easy to use products. Outside of work, I love art, Peloton, and Lego.

UX Research Journal

Writings on starting a career in UX research from Noor Ali-Hasan, a UX research lead at Google with more than 15 years of experience in the field.

Noor Ali-Hasan

Written by

I’m a UX research lead at Google, where I help teams design and build desirable and easy to use products. Outside of work, I love art, Peloton, and Lego.

UX Research Journal

Writings on starting a career in UX research from Noor Ali-Hasan, a UX research lead at Google with more than 15 years of experience in the field.

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