Desirée García is a designer, editor, and tenacious gardener living in Austin, Texas. She’s a Senior Product Designer at Loom by day and an Editor for A List Apart at 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 enabling people to create 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 her daughters, her stomach, the dirt, or the mat.

Miscelanea is the continuation of an active blogging hobby I started in 2002. It’s 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.