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Sara Miller

Originally from the Tampa Bay Area of Florida, Sara attempted surviving the frozen tundra of Michigan for four years in college. It was there, bundled in many scarves and coats and sipping on apple cider, that she developed a passion for listening to and telling stories as well as social justice, studying English and minoring in Community Action and Social Change. Recognizing her need for sunshine and warmth, she moved to Austin, Texas shortly after graduation. She has worked in for the most part in the education space, in sales, development, and operations. A creative at the core she has always sought opportunities to weave together the stories of people and people to products, movements, initiatives, etc. in creative ways. She now looks to meld that with her artistic abilities(which flowered mostly in high school, puttered out in a couple of courses in college, and now really only manifest in her painting) in designing stellar experiences for this next phase of her career.

One of Sara’s favorite places in the world is in the middle of Barton Springs on a real hot day. She loves watching a game of University of Michigan football but more often than not chooses to refrain from doing so because of the emotional toll it can take on the days following. Unlike every other millennial, she loves traveling, eating good food, drinking great beer, and being outside as much as possible. She enjoys attempting to bake “difficult things” and recreating things she ate at restaurants. She is proud of being from Florida and Detroit is another one of her all time favorite places to be.

Recent blog posts

Ch, ch, ch, Changes

This week the team of Kelsey Greathouse and Sara Miller had a busy week of continuing of developing our concepts and developing physical representations of those concepts. We have three major updates on our progress. Update 1: Decision to Not Persist with Our Network Nearby Concept   We made a tough decision to not move…

Building Budgeting Features Into a Banking App For Dummies

The past two weeks have been a journey. After testing and making adjustments based off of our findings to the banking app wireframes that we created in this first part of this quarter, I have been working on adding in additional functionality. This functionality would allow users to do four things: View spending reports that…

Low Fidelity Prototyping : Week 2 In Review

This week the team of Sara Miller and Kelsey Greathouse pushed forward our three design concepts. It was a week filled with revelations in all three concepts. We developed pitch decks for each idea. The exercise helped us articulate the problems each of these concepts seeks to solve by challenging us to be clear and…

Testing the Frame

This week, we began our first foray into user testing our redesigned applications. I conducted 6 interviews with men and women aged 25-33. I had each go through the exercise of completing three actions with my redesigned Wells Fargo application: Depositing a check Setting alerts Paying a friend I began the entire redesign exercise with…

Framing the Problem

This week in Mapping Digital Interfaces, we were tasked with creating wireframes that redesigned out banking app. This exercise built off last week’s exercise of creating a concept map of our redesigned banking app. Below I have illustrated the process of setting alerts in my newly designed app. And here I have illustrated the process…

Wells Fargo App Diagnosis

This week for class we had the opportunity to really analyze the system of a banking app, by creating a concept map, which is a diagram that depicts suggested relationships between concepts. I had the pleasure of analyzing the application of the large banking corporation, Wells Fargo. The application has many functions. It is not…

The Murky Waters Leading to Research Clarity

For our 2nd quarter project (which will ultimately become the capstone of our program), we were asked to investigate the topic of college completion and persistence. Our group, consisting of Kelsey Greathouse and Sara Miller, has decided to focus our research specifically on how resource-constrained post-traditional students persist through post-secondary education in moments of struggle…

Slicing the Service

We are deep in the heart of the of our client design research projects. With 9 weeks of project planning, interviewing, data collection, transcription, and theming behind us, we have just 7 weeks to go before we present our final product to our client. The Buzz Mill team (of myself, Kay Wyman, and Shelly Stallings)…

Sketchy

This week for our Studio Drawing class, we were tasked with conceiving of 10 activities that one might do in their daily life and drawing a sketch of that communicated that activity. I went through at least three iterations of each sketch/activity. And you can see some examples of those activities and iterations below. This…

Narrative Synthesis

For class this week, we were tasked with synthesizing seven readings which tackled the concept of designing solutions for poverty. We were asked to create a narrative (or story) that discussed this synthesis and then visualize the narrative in a comic strip format. I began this assignment by considering the main points of each of…

(Group) Work

At some point during college, I remember coming up with what I thought was this revolutionary idea: if only I could do things on my own (operate in a sort of vacuum), I could be a freakin rockstar at anything I wanted to be. The real world required explaining to people your perspective before doing…

This week for our Design, Society, and the Public Sector class, we were asked to create a visualization that compared the views expressed about when and how design research should come into the design process, views expressed in 10 articles by 8 authors. I choose to analyze the approach of each of these authors from…

Importance of Defining Your Values As a (Insert Profession Here)

This weekend I got to spend time with friends. One of them works in content mitigation at a large, well-known tech company, another works as a speech language pathologist, and another just transitioned into a data science role in tech (also at a large, well-known tech company) from finance. My friend who had just transitioned…

Growing Pains

With the close of this week, we have officially completed three weeks of our year here at AC4D. In so many ways, it feels like it has been much longer than the actual 21 days we have been enmeshed in this experience. I feel I have consumed more information than could possibly fit into three…

Reading Comparisons

For class this week, we were asked to compare the 6 essays by 5 thought leaders and identify their chief arguments. We were then asked to plot the 5 leaders based off of their chief arguments on a¬† axis of importance. I chose to define importance¬†as making a direct argument for how to be a…

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