Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash used to create mockup.

I took a 21-day break from Instagram to better my mental health. After what was meant to be a New Years Resolutions to take better care of myself, I may never return to Instagram.

As a product designer, I feel it is Instagram’s responsibility to make effective changes in their digital product in favor of the audiences it serves.

And I may never return.

Photo from my Instagram celebrating the start of the new year.

Taking a hiatus from social media is no revolutionary idea at the start of the New Year.

A survey of 2,000 people by the Wexner Medical Center finds Americans are making adjustments to social media usage. More than half have changed their social media habits over time, and 1 in 5 make it a point of taking social media breaks.

On January 10th, I shared a photo to tell my 700+ followers, family, and friends that I would be taking a break from Instagram and Facebook.



HBO’s hit series Westworld is beyond high-tech robots and playing cowboy. It’s a show that questions the future of humanity and even dissects humanity itself. The third, and most recent season, HBO gave Westworld creators a massive budget providing the ability to not only have the opportunity to shut down an LA street for a high-speed car chase involving rocket launchers and also filming in locations like Spain and Singapore for their futuristic architecture. The show production included UI, product and industrial designers to develop working prototypes of the new technology for this modern world of 2050.

For season three…

What is VR?

“Virtual Reality (VR) is the use of computer technology to create a simulated environment. Unlike traditional user interfaces, VR places the user inside an experience. Instead of viewing a screen in front of them, users are immersed and able to interact with 3D worlds. By simulating as many senses as possible, such as vision, hearing, touch, even smell, the computer is transformed into a gatekeeper to this artificial world.”

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Katie Manning

A multidisciplinary designer and self-claimed futurist enthusiast. View portfolio at:

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