Carolann Merchant

Oakland Joined about 10 years ago

  • 10 stories
  • Posted to How do you manage & schedule your own user tests / interviews?, Oct 17, 2019

    One company I worked for had Intercom set up. Intercom made it really easy to access our existing user base, narrow them down by attributes or behaviors in our product, and send them an email (not a sales pitch, I don't work for intercom lol). will source participants for you, but it's best for usability testing.

    When I worked at a consulting agency, we would put an ad out on Craigslist and source participants that way.

    For scheduling, Calendly is still my favorite tool. Kind of surprised Google hasn't bought them yet.

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  • Posted to For senior product designers who might not want to transition into a people-management role, what should a career trajectory look like?, Oct 14, 2019

    Thanks to everyone for this conversation. There's a lot to think about in all of your comments.

    I do think I might be more interested in management-type responsibilities if I was building my own business. Like at least it would be something of my own.

    I've always worried that working as a consultant or freelance (vs being in-house) wouldn't allow me to invest in the product. But maybe that's wrong of me to think.

    I had a conversation with my manager about this. He's been encouraging and wants to make sure that I feel like I have a path to grow. I might have to figure out how to define my role for myself. I don't think there's really been a senior role that didn't evolve into a management role in our company before.

    Mostly, I'm glad I'm not the only one who's been thinking about this. I was starting to think I was a little crazy. :) Glad to have support here!

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  • Posted to Which design blogs do you enjoy reading/following?, Oct 10, 2019

    I don't read many, personally. But when I want to get my brain turning I usually read:

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  • Posted to DesignerNews is almost dead, Oct 07, 2019

    Seems like we could also default links to open up to the thread here on DN, instead of opening up the link itself.

    It's almost like they don't want you to start a comment thread on links shared because it's harder to get to the thread than to just open the link.

    10 points
  • Posted to DesignerNews is almost dead, Oct 07, 2019

    Weekly discussion threads about design subjects

    I like that idea! I think that would help a lot. Conversation starters tends to get people engaged.

    I've recently started engaging more in the Designers Guild Facebook group. It seems like there's a little more discussion there.

    I remember when DN started it seemed like the intent was to create a community like Hacker News but for design. I agree the interest around that agenda has changed. I think the industry has changed.

    I would hate to see places like this die out. I hope we can implement some of the ideas you had to keep it interesting around here!

    1 point
  • Posted to The Crit Playbook - interested to hear what you all think, Sep 24, 2019

    I've been working on this series for a few months. I've been working with my manager and a couple other designers to get feedback. But I'd love to hear thoughts from more designers.

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  • Posted to Design search?, Sep 18, 2019 is great for UI patterns!

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  • Posted to Facebook rolling out new page layout, in reply to Dave Hawkins , Jun 24, 2016

    Had to tweet that:

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  • Posted to Getting Started with Joomla- Things you should know, in reply to Clay MacTavish , Apr 21, 2016

    Totally thought this was a joke post. Also not sure this post is really designer news-relevant.

    1 point
  • Posted to Men of DesignerNews, in reply to KeVon Ticer , Apr 08, 2016

    Yay thank you for writing this! Well put.

    8 points
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