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Category: Challenge

Apprentice show and tell: impacting Boston’s community gardens

Each apprentice in our Apprentice in User Experience program is challenged to put the skills they’ve learned to the test by creating a digital product. They are charged with identifying a current problem they’re passionate about and then following the methodology we…

User testing v. usability testing: the recurring mix-up

About 8 weeks ago I left my comfortable, full-time Visual Design role to attend Fresh Tilled Soil’s 15 week Apprenticeship in User Experience (AUX) program. Although I had been studying UX in my free time for the past two years, I felt…

Performance audit of MFA.org

As an apprentice at Fresh Tilled Soil, I’ve been lucky enough to spend a lot of time learning about the craft of front end development. Beyond well-written HTML, JavaScript and CSS, there are a host of considerations that separate good front end…

Transit transformation: MBTA website redesign challenge

My final project here at Fresh Tilled Soil was a redesign of the homepage of the MBTA website. This wasn’t a redesign that I was going to take to the mayor and shove in his face, spouting all of the reasons Boston…

AUX Design Challenge: Sketching App

My life as an apprentice alongside Brad Sheehan at Fresh Tilled Soil began with a two-week design sprint where we were challenged to design and prototype a product that solves a need in a given category. To kickstart the fun, we drew…

AUX Design Challenge: Design for Health and Safety

I am a designer by background, but have been swimming in the deep sea of web development this year, learning as much as I can about how the web works.  When given the challenge of designing a single-function, hyper-focused application that solved…