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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

Launchpad Status Update

Launchpad is on a mission to provide teachers the confidence, community, and autonomy to feel more mobile in their careers. In order to do this, Launchpad will offer a 3-week summer workshop series accompanied by year-round events and a website with resources that support career transition. We help teachers reflect on their decision to explore…

What will we allow to challenge what we can imagine?

This week in our theory class we read a number of articles that took a very strong stance on a couple of topics. While all were intended to explore this question of “What limits what we can imagine?”, many focused on a specific arena from healthcare to futurism to the technology of things and had…

Briefing Teams on Product Development

This week, in our Product Management course, we were tasked with creating a Feature Brief of our banking application. Essentially, a Feature Brief is meant to serve as a presentation of the product development process and plan for all teams involved. It is meant to coalesce various teams from marketing to design to development to…

Moving Towards a Pilot

Launchpad aims to empower teachers whose experience in the classroom has turned negative but who feel stuck in their current role gain the confidence and autonomy they need to consider other career paths. We help teachers reflect on their decision to explore a new path, hear stories of others who have taken a non-traditional career…

How I Will Be An Ethical Designer

This weekend, while I was reading some of the articles we were asked to read for class this week at a coffee shop, a man approached me and asked if his friend could use one of the extra chairs at my table. Of course. I wasn’t planning on anyone joining me. After he returned to…

Mapping Our Road

This week in our Product Management class, we took a harder look to the designs we had developers estimate last week,  parring them down to a more economical size, and creating a roadmap for development. There were four parts to this process, which I will talk through in more detail below, and a number of learnings,…

Built For Use

For the past couple of weeks, we have worked to solidify the wireframes of our redesigned banking applications. For me, this involved going back through each of my flows and considering all the “unhappy paths.” Often, we refer to the path we want the user to take as a “happy path.” But, what happens when…

Reflections and Solidifying of Concepts

The capstone team of Sara Miller and Kelsey Greathouse spent the past week better defining our concept and business plan as well as reflecting on the past 3 quarters and how we may use our learnings from those quarters in this final quarter. Our concept is LaunchPad, an ongoing event and summer workshop series that…

The Canon of Designing for Social Impact

Over the past two weeks in our Theory of Interaction Design course, we have read 16 articles by 15 authors. These articles varied in intended audience and format, from informal articles on online forums to published articles from academic institutions. Each of these articles explored the concept of design for social impact. And, each took…

Bringing Definition to a Business Idea

This week the team of Sara Miller and Kelsey Greathouse made strides with our final two concepts:   Casa – turnkey living-learning community for students enrolled in bootcamps Launch Pad – a summer workshop series that gives teachers the confidence, knowledge, and ability to identify and articulate their skill set needed to enter a new…

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…

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