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


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 […]

The plan

by Mariana Morris • 8th February 2015

My plan is to write a short practical book for designers. The idea is to research about certain topics, collect stories and experiences through a series of interviews, review drafts with early adopters (colleagues who kindly offered to help) and write about practical techniques and examples that help designers in their day-to-day communication. I’m planning to commit […]

The backlog

by Mariana Morris • 3rd February 2015

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I’m starting researching and writing a book in an Agile way, with sprints, user feedback and iterations. I’ll share my plan later. With that, it comes the product backlog with epic topics. Help me prioritise the backlog of topics. This will help me understand what people would […]

I’m going to write a book, and I need your help

by Mariana Morris • 29th January 2015

I’ve decided to start writing a book about verbal communication and leadership skills for designers. This is a subject I have been researching for the past couple of years, giving talks about it and experiencing in my day-to-day job. Now I’ll get deep down into research, do interviews, get contributions and write a book about it. Inspired by […]