Information Architect extraordinaire Jorge Arango’s newsletter came out last week (if you don’t get that newsletter, sign up here). He had linked his post called “The Key To Understanding Why Things Happen.” Great title, gripped me right away, I had to read it. The post is about systems thinking.

I’m…


Modern chess design has stood the test of time, but that wasn’t always the case. Sometimes less is more.

Chess has a long history, it dates back to the 7th century in India, where it was created as a war game. In some ways, a lot of the game has remained unchanged since the creation, but there have been some big moments in the evolution of the game. …


Halloween Horror: Information Architecture Edition!

plastic skeleton with hands raised to head, jaw dropped
Photo by Sabina Music Rich on Unsplash

It’s been a minute since I’ve done an information architecture post, but I’m back! And doubly, this ISN’T a chess post (I know, I know).

The other day, I remembered I needed cat litter, so I hopped onto the Petco app. I am a regular…


It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these blogs. Work has been extremely busy and it seemed like every deadline has been all at the same time.

I’ve made it through some of them and I have more brain space to think. Aside from work, it’s been really…


This week was…actually really good, chess-wise.

Starting to see some gains!

All my work I’ve been putting in, I’m starting to have something to show from it.

I played 2 games every day this week and out of 14 games, I won 5 games and had 3 draws!! …


Gotta show up to do the work, to make those changes.

Person walking up the stairs

This week was busy, chess-wise (and life-wise). I actually started this blog last Sunday, but got distracted and completely forgot to finish it. A fitting example for this week’s topic.

Last Week In Chess

This week I had a mentally tough week with…


I got a new coach, and I’m making beginner’s chess content for adults!

Hiker at the summit

Back at it this week with my blog. Last weekend was my birthday and I meant to write something up, but time got away from me. …


A monthly look at great women chess players in history.

Basically, this all started with New In Chess, which is a chess magazine. Specifically the April edition, with Bruce Monson’s article on women’s chess champ LaVieve Mae Hines, a women’s chess champ from the 1920s.

I was so inspired…


forest with the sun shining through

Hi. It’s been 3 weeks since my last one of these blogs. Had some family stuff going on, a big work project. Chess fell down my list of priorities. It happens.

In mindfulness, there’s an adage — once you recognize that your mind had wandered, you return to your breath…


Polywork is ready to give LinkedIn a fight.

Landing page for Polywork

What Is Polywork?

You may or may not have heard of Polywork, depending on your social media circle.

Polywork is angling themselves as a direct competition to LinkedIn. There are no likes here. You can make your page what you want, and follow who you…

Jessi Shakarian

Jessi is a UX Designer at DIA Design Guild. She lives in Los Angeles and can be found on twitter @jessishakarian.

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