Desirée García is a designer, editor, speaker, and tenacious gardener living in Austin, Texas. She leads a team of wonderful people at Loom by day, and side hustles with a team of wonderful people at A List Apart by night. Her superpower is assembling IKEA furniture.
Her work has spanned a quirky range of design problems, from financial transparency in the federal government, to some of the first platforms for creating things with AI. She’s spoken at conferences like Front Conf, O’Reilly Design, and podcasts like The Hustle.
When she is working, Dezzie listens to house music. When she is not, you will find her listening to chamber music, her daughters, and her appetite.
Miscelanea is the continuation of an active blogging hobby I started in 2002, which went unfortunately dormant for years because of jerks on the internet. It has been through 34 different layouts, initially designed and built by me. I started blogging mainly to learn about web design, which along with a few other key influences, enabled me to pivot from an academic research type of path into a UX and product design career. Today I blog to keep my writing skills in shape, which are essential for collaborating and leading in a remote work world.
miscelanea is a type of little neighborhood general store commonly found in Mexico that sells sundries, like soda, [individual] eggs, school supplies, firecrackers. They are usually in the same building as where the owners live. My dad opened one for my grandmother to live off of in the 90s, and when I’d visit in the summers, I ran the counter. In the back of his mind, he thought we would eventually move back. But a few years ago, when my grandma died, we closed it down. It had been operating at a loss since big-box stores opened in town, and life had moved on in the United States long before.