I do User Experience Research and Design, Information Design, Information Architecture, and other related activities. "User Experience Designer" means different things to different people. I like to work in the realms of strategy, analysis, research, interaction design, and accessible design.
I'm also a beekeeper, I make quits, and I believe in the Oxford comma.
What I love about User Experience
The field of user experience lets me have fun with cool tools and technology while doing meaningful work that will improve the relationship people have with their technology. I love conducting user research — finding what drives people, attracts them, revolts them — and then applying that information to design solutions.
UX Super Power
Facilitating the User Experience Design process in cross-functional teams. I believe the design process is a collaborative effort. Each team member brings the perspective of their role to the design project, and I help us to negotiate the road from idea to product.
User Experience Toolbox
Software and such
I produce User Experience artifacts using a varienty of software and tools. I have never met a tool I couldn't master. My main UX design tools at the moment are:
I currently have the opportunity to use UserZoom to run remote user research studies. Depending on the data analysis I want to conduct, I might use Excel or R to analyze or reformat data.
Create user profiles, personas, user flows, and scenarios. Design interactions and design prototypes. Conduct user study activities such as card sorting, wants and needs analysis, task analysis, interviews, contextual inquiries, and surveys.
I have an M.S. in Human Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE) with a concentration in User-Centered Design from the University of Washington. I learned a lot about usability, user research, information design, and more from really smart people in an amazing department.
I'm originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. I completed my undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering at the University of Cincinnati.
Star Trek Thoughts
Favorite Captain: Her Most Imperial Majesty, Mother of the Fatherland, Overlord of Vulcan, Dominus of Qo'noS, Regina Andor, Philippa Georgiou Augustus Iaponius Centarius. (I suppose it is true she's an Emporor and not a captain, but I don't care)
Best Handling of Time Travel: Voyager (especially The Year of Hell)
Favorite Episode: Darmok (TNG).
The Orwell is honorary Star Trek.
If bees don't eat, they will starve.
Measure twice, check the pattern, measure twice more, then cut.