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Kay Wyman

Kay has been fascinated with immigration processes ever since spending a year in Germany brought her close to many immigrant experiences. She studied Modern European Thought / German Language and Culture at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York and then moved to San Francisco to work for an organization sponsoring cultural exchange visas. Kay seeks to unite her drive to explore the relationships between people and polity with design. After completing the AC4D program, she aspires to use design thinking to facilitate positive human interactions within and around immigrant populations.
Kay is also a freelance writer, delitescent logophile, and a volunteer food runner.

Recent blog posts

Because we have these ways of seeing

Our most recent section of Theory of Interaction Design and Social Entreprenuership focused on what limits what we can imagine. One can start with the question, “Is imagination boundless?” That’s a romantic thought, but if we consider things that are routinely labeled “unfathomable,” we ca start to see the boundaries of the human mind. Take Glen…

Your vision should speak for itself: Design Strategy Feature Brief

Three months ago, we unwittingly began crafting wireframes for a banking app re-design that is culminating here in a Design Strategy Feature Brief. Roadmap to the Roadmap We began by sketching the existing digital system and reconceptualizing how we thought it should look. Next we built out the wireframes and conducted user testing to see…

FundEDU: Crafting a Narrative

We are half way through Q4, so this is our mid-point update for Kim Nguyen, Aaron Steinman, and my project creating the education crowdfunding platform FundEDU. FundEDU We exist to create a world where financial pressures no longer force working students to prioritize work over school, allowing them to achieve their long-term goals. Since our…

Ask BAE-AI: Ethical Dilemmas in Design

In the not-so-distant future, a popular newspaper decides to use artificial intelligence to provide advice on ethical dilemmas in design based on the popular Dear Abby column. It is called BAE-AI [Bay*eye]. BAE-AI Benevolent Autonomous Ethical Artificial Intelligence Dear Great Success,  It sounds like you made a product without thinking about the social consequences, and perhaps without…

Bringing a Product Vision to Life: Banking App Product Roadmap

Getting from Vision to Product Once a product has been conceived, sketched out and user tested, the process of bringing that vision to life can be long, complex, and involve several cross-functional teams. In order to communicate the plan of execution and get all those people on board with the plan, a product manger creates a product roadmap.…

To Build an App: Partnering with a Developer

Our Product Management class has kicked off Q4 by asking us to complete and refine our banking app flows and then partner with a developer to figure out how long and how expensive each piece would be to build through an end-to-end product evaluation. Up until now, we have been creating wireframes of what we would…

From Human Connections to System Change – Why I Design

Theory of Interaction Design and Social Entrepreneurship Like many AC4D students before me, a compelling reason why I applied to this program was it’s theoretical component. To form a theory of design for one’s self is to have a set of guiding principles and an informed mental conception of how the world should be based…

Banking App Redesign: Financial Modeling

This project was interesting because, unlike standard banking functionality, it required me to build something with which many people may not be familiar. The participants all had either never used a financial modeling tool, or had used one of which I was not familiar and which formed the basis of their mental models for controls…

Designing for the User: Ideation to Lo-Fi Prototyping

This week our team of Kim Nguyen, Aaron Steinman, and myself  began creating and testing low-fidelity (lo-fi) prototypes of our four capstone project concepts. We will test and validate these ideas for the next three weeks to decide which one we will move forward with and build in Q4. Getting to Ideas Building on the…

Usability of UI: Testing Wireframes

Usability testing is all about observing what people do, listening to what they’re thinking as they do it, and then discerning why they are doing it. I learned this week that understanding the motivations and feelings behind users’ actions is the key to figuring out how to move forward to refine a design. Since last…

Banking App Redesign: Wireframing

This week has felt like an explosion of learning and doing! We built out wireframes for our mobile banking app redesign and thought through how a user moves through a flow to accomplish a goal, such as checking their bank balance. Start with a Story I learned that user flows should begin with a story about…

Concept Mapping an Unconfined System

Our quarter three studio class continues with the research we did last quarter around post-traditional students. Due to some internal class changes, I have moved groups to join Kim Nguyen and Aaron Steinman, who are focusing on working students. While the focus statement and characteristics of the participants have shifted, my research with prospective students…

Concept Mapping: Redesigning a Mobile Banking App

Designing Digital Interfaces Quarter three has begun in earnest with a big shift towards learning about the later phases in the design process. The class Designing Digital Interfaces with designer Chrissy Cowdrey will challenge us to comprehend existing digital infrastructures, and build out redesigns through sketching, building wireframes, presenting and eliciting feedback. Since most design solutions will…

Service Design at Buzz Mill

We are wrapping up our second quarter and that means finalizing our team service design projects. Through our research process Sara Miller, Shelly Stallings, and I have identified opportunity areas for our client, the Buzz Mill in Austin, and have design recommendations that will help them to achieve their goals. Our team had created a…

Educational Decision-Making: How Prospective Students Decide a Career Path

What We Are Hearing Making decisions about education can be a daunting and on-going process. As we hear more stories from prospective students who are trying to figure out what they will choose for their major and career paths, we have begun to notice patterns in what tips the scale form one decision to the…

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