Hey there, I'm
ERIKA HARANO,
a user experience designer with a background in positive youth development, civic activism, and ethnographic research.

About

I care about discovering and designing meaningful, multimodal experiences that inspire critical thought and action. I facilitate design processes -- including workshops, trainings, and design sprints -- that center on better understanding people's goals and needs, clarifying root causes of challenges, and collaboratively (re)imagining approaches to addressing the challenges. Learn more about me here.
I offer a mix of consulting services in research, design, and facilitation. Find out more about how we can collaborate here.

Here are some of my latest projects.

Goalful

How might we better support people in creating, managing, and completing tasks that are centered on the goals they wish to accomplish?

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Working Bikes

How might we support customers of a popular local bike shop in finding the most current information online about the shop's in-store offerings?

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Instashop

How might we support people in finding and buying the groceries for their specific dietary needs in a time-saving, cost-saving way?

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Participation x Ownership x Design

How might community-based organizations engage high school-age youth in Chicago in the process of designing curricula for paid summer learning programming?

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Let's connect

I'm available for hire! If you're interested in working together, or simply want to chat about design, community, and/or something in between, let's talk.