But I’m rubbish at asking in the right way.

TL;DR: Quick guide for asking business questions — There is no such thing as a stupid question, but there are right ways to ask to ensure you can receive a meaningful answer and that can make all the difference.

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It’s rather embarrassing when you ask a question and immediately run into a wall from your audience and/or simply get shot down and ignored. Frankly put I’ve done this many times… too many times in fact. In retrospect, it’s relatively easy to see that these questions feel “stupid.” Least you think though that I’m advocating against asking…


Student Superpower + Luck = Success.

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TL;DR: Networking as a student is one of the most valuable ways to help generate the luck you need to be successful. But this requires acknowledging first and foremost how little you know and how much you stand to gain from the wisdom of others.

There already exist a million books and articles on how to professionally network (“How to win friends and influence people” — go read this). Ultimately this will not be an article on how to do that specifically. …


“Hey honey!” Roy called over his shoulder towards the direction of the bedrooms. “Did you see the story that I had written on the pad of paper next to the sofa? It seems to be missing…”

“Nope! “Angelica shouted back over the whines of their baby Nico who lay on the floor getting his first diaper change of the day.

Roy looked back at the blank pad of paper puzzled. Scratching his stubbly chin he squinted his eyes and tossed the pad of paper back onto the side table. Did he dream everything last night? Was it possible that I…


It had been two long days since the earthquake had rippled through their small apartment leaving behind its chaotic wreckage. Roy lay restless in bed staring blankly up at the ceiling fan which whirled slowly around counterclockwise casting shadows across the dimly lit room. Angelica lay curled up with her head resting on the silk pillowcases that stretched to cradle her and Nico whose gentle snoring punctuated the evening.

Though there was damage to their home it paled in compared to downtown Seattle which had been rocked and hit by the full force of the occasion. His office downtown near…


Roy sat slouched on his chair leaning back into the thin heating pad that was warming his back as he stared unblinkingly at a blank screen. A text editor’s curious blinker sat wanting on a blank canvas where he should’ve been writing… on, off, on off, on off the blinker signaled… Sighing deeply he sat forward pulling his worn mechanical keyboard into position nearer to his arms and began to write:

“Solmeria was a planned city. But never developed. Built, but sat empty. The decorative walls that should’ve echoed with the vibrant sounds of the city filled to the brim…


Musing of a soul, who dreamt in 2020 of a better tomorrow, but awoke each day to live out just another day.

It may be of a little surprise but 2020 was like no other year. For goodness sake, this was only your second year in this wild thing we call life. For you, I could easily assume this to be the most strange year you’ve ever experienced… or at least it made it into the top 2.

In the future (or present), I honestly believe I’ll be sitting around some campfire swapping stories of hunting for toilet paper through the shelves of a grocery store as if it were a gazelle on the Serengeti; always just one step ahead of the…


Taking a moment to capture a moment.

September 1st — London

Dear Apollo,

I wont always be there. If fact, at the moment this letter is being written I’m over 4,700 miles away, sitting in a small poorly lit little dorm room lost in thought as the clock ticks its way past midnight — racing its way to morning.

I wont always be there. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t keep growing. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t keep experiencing new things. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t keep making memories. Cause when I return, oh will there be stories to tell.

I wont…


A Short Story for Apollo. For when you are older.

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“One berry, two berry, pick me a Blueberry!”

I read those words to my six month old son last night. He lay curled comfortably into his loving mother on our faded pink love seat under the light of a single lamp in his room. His little fists curled around his corgi blanket as he suckled on his blue binky (dream big). His brilliant brown eyes wide staring with rapt comprehension as the illustrations came to life before him.

“Hatberry, Shoeberry in my Canoeberry;”

Squirming, the energy of daylight struggling to shine bright as his eye lids slowly lowered to cover…


Frequently asked questions about the Master of Science at the University of Washington from an MS HCDE Grad Ambassador.

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Hi! If you’re reading this article that means that you are probably considering or looking into the Masters of Science in Human Center Design & Engineering at the University of Washington. Well, hopefully, this brief FAQ can give you some insights into what it is like to be a student in the program.

First background on the author: My name is Josh Nelson, I’m a current student at the UW MS HCDE program. I started in 2018 and graduated in 2020. I am currently working as a Product Designer at Facebook in Seattle. Prior to Facebook, I was the lead…


Thoughts regarding Dubstech UX Jam week #2 — Pet Adoption Project.

I wasn’t able to make it to this weeks UX Dubstech weekly meet up, but I’ve spent some time considering the prompt and after much thought, it occurred to me that this question is a great example of when technology becomes a god among men and we lose our ability to think critically about the problem. Let me explain.

Here are some general stats used in the prompt:

  • 7.6 million pets are put up for adoption in the USA alone — Every year.
  • Of these, 2.7 million are put to sleep while an equal amount is adopted.
  • There are an…

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