Writings About Work & Life

  • Design & Vulnerability

    Published August 25, 2017

    Yesterday I spent the day trying and failing to solve a product design problem. I’ve been working with Dan Mall on SuperBooked, and my latest task involves taking a complicated flow and presenting it in a way that is mobile-first, responsive, accessible, inclusive, intuitive, and welcoming (this is the problem and joy of working for a person who knows what makes a design great: there are no shortcuts). Everything we do for SuperBooked needs to ultimately forward our goal of helping...

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  • The Burning Point of Life

    Published March 30, 2017

    “Love is the burning point of life, and since all life is sorrowful, so is love. The stronger the love, the more the pain. Love itself is pain, you might say — the pain of being truly alive.” Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth When I was 16 my English class read Joseph Cambpell’s The Power of Myth as part of our study of the Hero’s Journey. It was one of the most memorable moments in my education; I felt the curtain had been pulled back on culture, literature, religion, and...

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  • A day in the life of a sometimes successful, sometimes adult, woman, New Yorker, designer.

    Published October 21, 2016

    A few weeks ago I joined fellow Creative Director and boyfriend Andrew at an AIGA event featuring several prominent designers, the theme of which was “Day in the Life: SF x NY.” I haven’t been to many design events lately since I’m too tired to have any more friends, and do most of my “keeping current on the industry” research on Feedly during lunch and bathroom breaks. However this event intrigued us, as we’re always halfway wondering if we should be in California, especially...

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  • Looking for the helpers and Hometeam

    Published July 17, 2016

    “When I was a boy … my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” – Mr. Rogers About 2 months ago I got an email from Drew Schwartz, VP of Product at a company called Hometeam, asking if I wanted to learn more about the company and the Creative Director role they were looking to hire. Sometimes I send a canned response to recruiting emails, usually I don’t respond at all. But this wasn’t a recruiting email, it was a short note...

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  • Product Design Lessons from 2015

    Published February 4, 2016

    2015 was a humbling year for me. In September of 2014, I joined a tiny but established startup called SproutVideo as their third employee and first designer. The role interests me because it affords the opportunity to see how design can grow a solid product with a loyal user-base into something even better. The work I do now could also have a real impact on the brand and user experience of our product for years to come, which is a thrilling prospect in an industry where much of what I do feels...

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  • Pink Towels

    Published July 16, 2014

    I open my eyes and Buffalo Bill Cody, or Cody, as we call him, is wagging his tail wildly in the bed next to mine. My dad sits next to him, rubbing the sleep from his eyes, and I shyly wave at him, but he doesn’t wave back. I lean forward and wave bigger, insistent that he acknowledge that I am awake too. He mirrors the gesture and whispers “what time is it?” My phone is scrounged from its home under the pillow. “3:30.” Cody jumps from bed and licks my face, and I jump from bed too,...

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  • Things I’m Learning the Hard Way

    Published April 18, 2014

    It’s been about two months since I returned to freelance after two years of working with Chartbeat, and these last two months have been, well, hard. I’ve done full-time freelance before, but it wasn’t nearly this much of a struggle. Back then I was 25, and I didn’t care very much about building a long term sustainable business. I was mostly motivated by working in sweatpants, and telling myself I was so liberated because I didn’t have a “real job,” and hey no one can tie ME down!...

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  • Things I’m excited about

    Published May 8, 2012

    There's been so much going on behind the scenes at Owltastic that I've predictably dropped the ball on writing over the last month. But May is upon us! Here's a few things I've been up to these last few weeks: My website totally shrinks on phones I made a new shirt for United Pixel Workers (today’s the last day to buy it!). Loyal readers (or Twitter followers) may have noticed this comment on my blog awhile back. While it was trollish, I couldn't help but crack up at the mocking "my...

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  • In Control 2012

    Published January 11, 2012

    I'll be in sunny Orlando, FL February 20th – 21st for the 2012 In Control Conference. You should come too! Use the discount code INCTRLMEAGAN to get $200 off the ticket price. The Mall at Millennia in Orlando, FL. I used to hang out here all the time in college. Photo by Jason Hawkins I'm so excited that it's finally 2012, because that means next month I'll be speaking at the In Control Conference in Orlando, FL. I lived in Orlando for five years; it's where I went to college, met my...

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