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Words on design and life by Cassie McDaniel


February 10, 2016

Design at Mozilla Foundation 2015/2016

2015 saw the design team at Mozilla Foundation grow and change in many ways. There are many wins to celebrate from the past year, but this post isn’t just about wins. It’s also about taking a good, honest look at where we have room to improve. I love the design team and think the world - Read More -

Group hug while others stand to the side
August 14, 2015

That’s a Great Question

When someone says, “That’s a great question!” several things happen. The person who asked the question feels good. The person responding gets a moment to think about their answer. Others in the room who had the same question feel either relieved they’re not the only one with this question or disappointed they didn’t ask first. - Read More -

March 28, 2014

Working at Mozilla

I was re-reading some of my recent posts and came across this thing I wrote a couple months ago about why I love working at Mozilla. I recognize that a culture that allows so many different perspectives, that is so fiercely dedicated to working in the open, will always have room for me. What a - Read More -

January 17, 2014

Designing for Multitudes

Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.) –Walt Whitman, Song of Myself When a scab comes off but isn’t quite ready, look: there is a fleshy ring of pink healed skin encircling fresh white cells that may not yet be primed for air. It stings. There - Read More -

Maternity Leave infographic by Ivonne Karamoy for Women&&Tech
January 13, 2014

A Mother’s Labour Leave

It is one week before I go back to work, I can hardly believe it. I have taken the full extent of my 15 weeks maternity leave plus two additional weeks from Mozilla, and my husband will take the next three months of parental leave (in Canada, 15 weeks must be taken by the mother - Read More -

Tom McDaniel
August 7, 2013

The Most Important Work

Every morning you get up that big boulder is just sitting still and you have a choice, it really is a choice – am I going to put it to my shoulder, am I going to exert the blood and the sweat that it takes to move it, to get it going again? Some days - Read More -

March 19, 2013

Brave New World

O wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in’t. —William Shakespeare, The Tempest I’m a little sad, and a little excited, to share that this is my last week working at the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation on the Human Factors team. I’ll - Read More -

January 10, 2013

CreativeMornings Toronto: Dave Meslin’s call to designers

“Designers are more powerful than politicians, lawyers, banks – because you can give a voice to relevant issues.” Dave Meslin Dave Meslin, a local civic reformer, spoke at CreativeMornings Toronto last month about redesigning city politics to be more inclusive and participatory. He was awesome: He was a comfortable, informed speaker and during the talk he practiced - Read More -

May 28, 2012

Designers Leaving Healthcare: Why?

I’ve been surprised that most of the time when I mention I’m a designer working in healthcare, another designer usually pipes up that they too used to work in health. Their reflections, however, are almost always past tense. In response to last week’s post, two friends on twitter (who both used to work in healthcare) - Read More -