Tassia Pellegrini

March 26, 2021

Sometimes microscopic adjustments are all you need

Almost three years ago, I got an espresso machine. I knew I was going on a rabbit hole of coffee making, and that felt attractive. To make things worse (?), I decided to get an old-school La Pavoni where pretty much modern espresso laws barely apply. None of that made my life more convenient, and your early days with espresso — especia...
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March 10, 2021

How I use Basecamp to organize my life

Since 2012 I started experimenting with personal goal-setting. I think that happened because I was wondering what to do with my career (go deeper on the academic route? freelance? move to another country?), and the avalanche of ideas was overwhelming. I didn't know where to start, and the most attractive options seemed out of my reach....
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March 2, 2021

Design-led or design-embedded?

I hear many designers talking about wanting to be in a company that is "Design-led". I thought a lot about that too; my bias, as someone working with design for 10+ years, is that it would be a good thing. Designers generally embody a good understanding of the business and tend to be great communicators, system thinkers, and human-cent...
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February 27, 2021

An experienced beginner

When was the last time you felt like a beginner? Maybe it was when you started a new hobby. Two years ago, I decided I was going to learn drums. It was a childhood dream that I could only fulfill now in my early 30s. Besides the initial monetary investment (which, with drumming, is always high), other interesting objections started to ...
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February 25, 2021

Clubhouse is a tourist trap

I joined Clubhouse because I hated it so much without ever using it. iPhone-only? Audio-only? Densely populated by VC-energy? That sounded like a nightmare to me. But I noticed I was judging the app and its experience before even installing it, which is the kind of incongruence I don't like to hold for too long. So I joined the club. I...
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February 24, 2021

The mental health talk we're not talking about

I'm so glad we're more open to discussing mental health topics. It was almost a forbidden topic in my family (we didn't know how to talk about it) or at work (it wasn't a "workplace" problem). Still, it feels like we're throwing "mental health" everywhere, like when we learn a cool new word in a new language and wanna hang out with the...
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February 23, 2021

I'm not used to be "out there" anymore but here's a podcast episode about Latinxs who design

I tend to act shy, but that rarely impeded me from doing things I was uncomfortable with if they seemed important: public speaking, teaching, sharing my opinions, activism, and even asking for help. But since I quit Twitter and Instagram — services I used for more than ten years — I noticed that my relating with others changed in a sub...
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