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I write about design, leadership, women in tech.

A new start…

by Mariana Morris • 8th June 2017

For the past three years, I’ve been the Head of UX & Design at Oxford Computer Consultants, a 100-person software company in Oxford, where I built, led and managed the UX Design Studio of eight people (UX designers, User researchers and front-end developers). It was an incredible experience to start and embed design in the 25-year […]


Invitation for a UX chat in June

by Mariana Morris • 31st May 2017

During June, every Thursday, I’ll be working from a café (central Oxford) and I’ll be available to give free 1-hour UX sessions: User Experience Design consultation for startups. For example: You might have an app or a website and would like a UX expert to give a friendly advice. You might have an idea of […]


The most comfortable person in the room

by Mariana Morris • 29th March 2017

We all, from time to time, experience situations when we feel uncomfortable in a group setting, that being in work meetings, networking events or in informal conversations. Being an introvert and shy myself, I used to be, more often than not, on the uncomfortable part of the room. After I started organising a monthly event, […]


Do better at conference diversity

by Mariana Morris • 16th April 2016

“If you’re running an event in the technology space (or any STEM area), you have a duty to our community to make your event as welcoming as possible to all of our community.” A brilliant must-read guide to all event organisers: http://conference.hopper.org.nz


Unaware

by Mariana Morris • 23rd September 2015

My favourite word currently is “unaware”.  I recently started thinking of people being unaware when they do something that I could easily think of as unreasonable, rude, idiotic. I like the momentary sound of the word unaware. People unaware of something in a specific moment. Someone on the bus speaking loudly on the phone: They […]


Attributes of successful designers

by Mariana Morris • 4th July 2015

“I see different qualities in different people, but there are three attributes that all successful designers seem to have. The first is tenacity; this is the ability to keep working at a task until it is right rather than settling for the first idea that appears. The second is boldness, or a willingness to risk […]


UX is team work

by Mariana Morris • 18th April 2015

My talk at the Bulgaria Web Summit 2015: UX is team work! To get the whole project team involved in the UX process is essential to achieve a great quality product. No matter if it’s an Agile or a Waterfall process, UX and development must be working collaboratively: developers meeting users and attending usability testing, […]


My slides from my talk at BrightonSEO

by Mariana Morris • 11th April 2015

When creating personas talk to your users and reference to them. Do not create fictional characters! #BrightonSEO @marianamota #ux — Kasia Bigda (@xszamankax) April 10, 2015 'Meet your users early and often' quote from @MarianaMota #ux #BrightonSEO — Alex Cox (@UEalexC) April 10, 2015 Card sorting is great for testing labels, features and navigations #BrightonSEO […]


Talking design: A series of video interviews leading to a book.

by Mariana Morris • 17th March 2015

I’ve decided to share the interviews I’m doing for the book as I do them. Check them out on talkingdesign.io


Sprint 1: Giving and receiving feedback

by Mariana Morris • 9th February 2015

The first topic I’m going to research and write about for my book is: giving and receiving feedback on designs and creative work. How to communicate in a way that is constructive, get your point across and motivate individuals to do better work? How to deal with mindless feedback? And how to ask for feedback […]