Jasper Stephenson

UX engineer, friendly ghost.

Traveling Circus of Urbanism: Giving Urbanism a Sense of Place

It makes sense, right? Urbanism is the study of places and the people who live in them, so of course it would have a 'sense of place'. The thing is, though, that much of the current discourse — essays...

SafeSpace, a Discord Bot to Keep Hate Speech Out of Your Server (and Everyone Else's, Too!)

"Go back to where you came from" is dominating headlines as I write this post; it seems like unabashed vitriol and prejudice is in fashion in the late '10s. I get sad reading the news lately, and when...

Positivity: Using Bracket Data to Encourage Low-Placing Players

This is a project that was born out of frustration and self-disgust. Born out of feeling dejected, and worthless, and never wanting to come back. It turns out that going to a Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament...

A Discord Timezone Bot for Multinational Groups

My closest friends from my school days and I keep in touch regularly through Discord, a Slack-esque chat tool focused around gaming. As we've gotten older, we've begun to spread out all over the world...

Bringing UX Research to an Unfamiliar Audience

Research is a broad topic. When I joined a Tokyo game company's research division in 2017, my teammates only did technical research — patents, hardware tests, and peer reviewed publications. Then there...

Verbose: Designing a Language-Learning Tool for Self-Teachers

Inspired by challenges I faced while teaching myself Japanese, I designed a concept tablet app to help self-teachers learn languages. Over the span of eight weeks, I conducted interviews, researched existing...

Using Social Media to Live-Detect System Issues

This is a quick post about a fun project I did while working in Tokyo. It's got a lot of moving parts meshing together to make a nice, self-contained utility. So what is it? The idea was to make a tool...

The Raleigh Beach: Creating a Homegrown Urban Intervention

From abandoned to awesome! Along with the unstoppable Matt Tomasulo, I helped push the envelope of creative potential for underused spaces within my hometown of Raleigh, NC. Our goal was to get people...