Nina Mehta

Biography

  • What to do with a bullet-pointed list of features

    What to do with a bullet-pointed list of features

    Our client came in with a short bullet-pointed list of features they want for their new iPhone app. Part of their ask was for us to validate and build that list. This ask is a tricky situation...

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  • Startup the Party: SF x Tokyo Underground Conference

    Startup the Party: SF x Tokyo Underground Conference

    Last week, some of our industry’s best entrepreneurs from around the world met in Tokyo for the world’s first underground conference. This weeklong event brought together people who work and play...

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  • Name your CSS Swatches after Crayola Colors

    Name your CSS Swatches after Crayola Colors

    “Is this dark blue, dark dark blue or black grey blue2?” When building and growing a product fluidly, we don’t always know the entire color palate or library at the beginning of the project. And...

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  • When your client wants crazy features

    When your client wants crazy features

    Sometimes our stakeholders ask for features that are counter to generally good ux and design practice. In the last six months, I’ve had clients say this to me: are not user centric: “let’s make...

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  • Execute! How we kicked off this D&F project by making things on Day 1

    Execute! How we kicked off this D&F project by making things on Day 1

    Traditionally, design firms help clients figure out what to build and dev shops do the engineering. Clients choose Labs because we can take a seed of an idea and make it live. Fast. But because...

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  • How to take a leave of absence from work

    How to take a leave of absence from work

    As it turns out, I’m not invincible. In September I broke my most expensive finger and in February had to get surgery. It’s an especially difficult joint to heal so I had to spend 9 weeks out of...

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  • Four iPhone apps with meaningful animations

    Four iPhone apps with meaningful animations

    Open up your hand-sized glowing rectangle. traverse a glorious landscape of stories, messages and photography anywhere in the universe. It’s really quite Incredible. Taps, swipes and drags take...

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  • HCI Connect Podcast with Nina Mehta

    HCI Connect Podcast with Nina Mehta

    Tucked under warm blankets in below freezing Chicago weather on my birthday, I got on a video chat with two HCId students from my alma matter, Indiana University. I really enjoyed hearing about...

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  • If your product team were Chess pieces

    If your product team were Chess pieces

    The game of Chess is a Kingdom’s of strategy, problem solving and battle together in conquest. The pieces and tactics in the game of chess are not so different than those on a product team, just...

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  • Designing the Design Tool Box

    Designing the Design Tool Box

    Tucked and nestled inside these faked-out-book-boxes, are the supplies I use daily. I curated a list of my favorite Muji pens, the best whiteout, my required features in a ruler and why you...

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  • When the designer bubble goes pop

    When the designer bubble goes pop

    “Hey, the economy is going to turn around in the West,” I yelped across the living room to my roommate. She poked he head around the side of the door, “What? When?” Flipping through my favorite...

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  • Four fancy little apps for a more visual workflow

    Four fancy little apps for a more visual workflow

    As it turns out, I’m a person. And like many persons, I too am a visual creature. Technology isn’t naturally built for people or to be visual. Here are four apps I’m using to help bring less...

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  • Hacking for better immigration policy

    Hacking for better immigration policy

    Thirty-something years ago, my father moved to the United States to be the first in his family to earn a graduate degree. Soon after, he married my mother in India and together they built a family...

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  • What in-house design taught me about consulting (Part 2)

    What in-house design taught me about consulting (Part 2)

    In the design world, a river runs between the consultants and in-house designers. I’ve worked at big start-ups, small start-ups, corporations, newspapers, non-profits and universities, and I have...

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  • Unwriting your skeumorphic language

    Unwriting your skeumorphic language

    Less than 10-years-ago I was actually publishing to print, creating carbon copies in my checkbooks and putting pieces of paper in manila file folders inside 5-foot-metal drawers with brushed...

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  • What to do with all your data; talking visualization with Sarah Nahm and Ian Johnson

    What to do with all your data; talking visualization with Sarah Nahm and Ian Johnson

    “Google search results are data viz,” said designer and coder Sarah Nahm who came to visit the Pivotal Labs design team for lunch in San Francisco. Sarah visited us with her colleague and friend...

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  • Remote Control

    Remote Control

    Most people who have worked remote will agree—nay—commiserate on how hard it is. I’ve done it before, and while it never really gets easier, you learn to get used to it. One of the most glorious...

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  • Design Pairing: Can two designers really share a screen?

    Design Pairing: Can two designers really share a screen?

    This post is pair-authored by David Friermor and Nina Mehta Traditionally, pairing has benefited both pivots and clients improving productivity and quality of output. We want to see if design...

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  • Finding the middle for designers and developers

    Finding the middle for designers and developers

    Oh the age-old ‘should designers code?’ debate again. Nope! I pushed the matter further last night at Pivotal’s Extreme Roundtable meetup in LA. I asked, ‘how involved should designers get into...

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  • What in-house design taught me about consulting  (Part 1)

    What in-house design taught me about consulting (Part 1)

    In the design world, a river runs between the consultants and in-house designers. I’ve worked at big start-ups, small start-ups, corporations, newspapers, non-profits and universities, and I have...

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