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In this article, I go over how I redesigned a landing page for a nonprofit aiming to teach coding to youths. Code Your Dreams, a 501(c)(3) organization based in Chicago, Illinois, and the client of this redesign.

Time Frame:

Five days, Monday- Friday.


Figma, Adobe Photoshop, Pen, Paper

Design Methodology:

Research, Sketching, Wireframing, Testing, Feedback & Iteration

Context: Research and competitive analysis

First off, I must say, I am on the Figma bandwagon. It is a great tool, far from perfect, but thank you for the plugins, thank you for the community, and thank you most for blobs, all the blobs. …

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Photo by Michael Lahargoue

Designing for the user has become more critical than ever, and I want to tell you why. To start, tasked, along with a group of fellow students, to design a tattoo marketplace. Our client wanted a tattoo marketplace and provided us with initial data such as a simple business plan, recent data on the tattoo market and industry, and the new market’s wants. Since I am compelled to be exceedingly honest with this case study, I must share with you one of my most recent experiences. …

There are generally three types of people who consume news and journalism.

1. People who are glued to it.

2. People who avoid it as much as possible.

3. People who could care less.

I fall into the first category. These days, no matter which type we fall under, we can probably all agree on one thing — the news sucks. How can we make it better? Open source audio might be something to keep in mind for the future.

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Loading Screen of Balsamiq prototype

Open source audio allows the user to share audio recordings over the internet. You can listen to stories, record stories of your own, and access content that could ideally be used for academic and scholarly purposes. Open source audio is akin to a podcast mixed with Google Earth, with a hint of something more unique. To put this into further context, I decided to develop a potential mobile application for a website that uses such a tool. The possible use in journalism, news, and academia is part of the foundation of my research, persona building, and prototyping around this study.


Michael Lahargoue

UX designer & mixed media artist

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