Wizards, U-boats, & Money: Things I Read and Liked in 2015

Harry Potter

Let’s just get this one out of the way. I have been in a perpetual state of reading and rereading the Harry Potter books since I was 11 years old. And every time I read them, I find something new.

Erik Larson Books

ThunderstruckIn the Garden of Beasts, and Dead Wake. Clearly, I enjoy a good Erik Larson tome. My husband and I like to read books together, and Larson’s are ones we can agree on. Although, I will say that In the Garden of Beasts was kind of a let down (shrugs).

Articles about UI/UX design

Given the nature of my job and passions, articles about UI/UX design are part of my daily internet digest. Here are some that stood out over the course of 2015.

Reframing accessibility for the web by Anne Gibson

A brief history of web design for designers by Sandijs Ruluks

10 Questions you’ll be asked in a UX interview by Ian Schoen

*There was also a great article comparing the current web design industry to the earlier aerospace industry that I cannot seem to find again, but will add once I locate it.


Ever obsessed with money & finance, I found myself perusing the pages of these two sites quite often in 2015. I’m not cheap, I’m intentional.

Mr. Money Mustache
This guy gets a little…preachy? Is that the word? Regardless, him and his wife “retired” early and live a frugal life in Colorado with their adolescent son.

r/personal finance
A deliciously mundane subreddit in which everyone talks about their personal finances.

Art World

To be completely honest, I didn’t *technically* finish either of these, though I got pretty close before they had to be returned to the library.

7 Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton
This book is a good primer on the different aspects of the modern art world and a good read whether you’re new to the whole scene or have been involved in several of the aspects before.

A brief history of curating by Hans Ulrich Obrist
This document is an absolute delight if you love curating and interviews with those who curate. Through a series of interviews, this book gives an intimate look into the world of museum and gallery curating. There’s also this great article about Hans Ulrich Obrist that once read, will lead you to the conclusion that he is, in fact, your spirit animal.