Resist the urge to reduce your usability findings into a series of checkmarks, X’s, and exclamation points.

Nothing will endear you to your team more than a series of red X’s and green checkmarks. Screenshot by author.

I was in my second semester of grad school at Michigan when I was first exposed to color coding usability findings. A student in our program had used the system in class the year prior. Our professor wanted to share the method as an example of visualizing usability findings in a manner that’s easy for stakeholders to understand. We all agreed with our professor that a table of color coded findings seemed like a novel way to present our data. …

Painting closets, cleaning the chimney, and installing bathroom tile.

We had a busy couple of weeks and the bathroom is slowly starting to look like a bathroom and not a construction zone. Here are updates from the last two weeks of renovations:

Week 11: July 19, 2021

This week, the crew removed the old mailbox and installed a new one. The contractor had suggested moving the mailbox to the other side of the door and I really liked that suggestion. But when we removed the old mailbox, we found an old mail slot behind it. When I saw it, I literally went inside to see if there was an opening behind it for the…

A tub, a new move-in date, and a structural report.

I know you’ve been waiting with bated breath for the latest updates in my home renovations.

Not so much? :)

In any case, the past three weeks have been very busy with various projects and decisions. So busy that I’ve been tardy with my updates both here and on Instagram. So here’s a recap of the past three weeks.

Week 8: June 28, 2021

I spent most of that week in Illinois visiting my mom. But a lot happened while I was away including the arrival of the much awaited tub!

The tub finally arrived! Photo by author.

Along with the tub, most of the shower fixtures and the sinks were also…

Tile progress and a missing tub

The kitchen soon after closing on the home. Photo by author.

This week, the construction and tile crew got to work on the tile in the kitchen. I’m blessed in that the prior homeowner had done a lot of renovations to the home, especially in the kitchen. But I wasn’t in love with the kitchen backsplash or the kitchen pendants. A lot of people who saw photos of the house loved the blue tile and pendants but I found them a bit too Grecian/masculine for me. …

This might look like a scene from Dexter but it’s actually my house. Photo by author.

When I first started this publication/blog, my intention was to write about the process of renovating the house pretty regularly. Alas, between work, the actual renovations, and life . . . time got away from me. In this post, I’m going to try to recap the past six weeks of renovations … as best as I can from my memory.

Week 1: May 10, 2021

Whether it is the Vice President or a colleague, there’s no excuse for mispronouncing people’s names.

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

You may have missed it in the chaos of the 2020 Election and the pandemic but last October, David Perdue, a senator from Georgia, mocked Kamala Harris’ name at a Trump rally. After intentionally butchering her name, Perdue ended his remarks with, “I don’t know, whatever.” The crowd laughed because apparently being so ignorant (and arrogant) as to mispronounce an ethnic name is funny. Perdue’s people dismissed the whole incident because apparently Perdue didn’t mean anything by it.

But Perdue did mean something by it — else he wouldn’t have even bothered to mock Kamala’s name. By pretending that Kamala’s…

Santa Cruz yesterday.


We had the day off yesterday so an outing to Santa Cruz was in order. It was gorgeous! We even spotted an otter playing in Monterrey Bay. Before the pandemic, I always took the Bay Area’s proximity to beaches for granted. Now I’m really grateful that I can see the water within an hour’s drive. When I first moved to the Bay Area, I had this idea of trying to visit every nearby beach up and down the cost. I may resurrect that project this summer and fall.

I hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend and get…

10 San Jose neighborhoods offering more than just strip malls.

The palm tree lined streets of Palm Haven. Photo by author.

I was having lunch at a team offsite (remember those?) a couple of years ago. A bunch of us who normally don’t work together were sitting at a table chatting about the things that people chat about when they don’t really know each other that well. Somehow the topic of where people live and how long their commutes are came up. One woman talked about how much she hated the South Bay. “It’s all strip malls. No character,” she proclaimed. It was an odd (rude?) statement to make given that you could probably characterize most of California as a bunch…

TOTO’s “Timeline of Innovation” (which feels very UX-y to me) — taken a few weeks ago while shopping for bathroom fixtures at a bath showroom in San Jose, CA.


It’s been one of those weeks where by the time Friday comes around, I’m thinking, “It’s been A LONG week.” I’m hoping you didn’t have one of those weeks … and if you did, I hope you have a restful weekend.

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Noor Ali-Hasan

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.

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