I’m a senior level user experience consultant who has worked on everything from mobile apps to scientific instrumentation. I’m a strong believer in excellent design, exceptional usability and all other aspects of the user experience involving a product’s development – not to mention being an advocate for solid processes to make all of these aspects possible. I am seeking ways to make a difference beyond merely accruing money and gadgets, especially through the craft and perspective of my profession.
The big skill points are:
- user experience
- information design
- interaction design
- user research
- user testing, in-person and remote
- rapid prototyping
- educating and evangelizing UX practices and principles within your organization
- community interaction
- being gravity
- extensive experience working with remote and global teams for both product design and client services.
Now that you’ve re-read my LinkedIn bio, I’ll dig in a little more.
I really dig this whole user experience thing. I started off in the industry during the little rollercoaster of the late 90’s dot-com ‘era’ as an HTML coder because, frankly, I didn’t know what direction I wanted in my life. While designing web sites, I began to appreciate the principles behind what-went-where-and-why, had some wonderful mentoring done early on and met many kick-ass people in a variety of roles and places. Somewhere along the way, a co-worker introduced me to the works of Edward Tufte, whose ideas and ideals of clear and beautiful presentation of information (as content) set me off exploring into what can be done with the pages being designed to make them as usable as they are ‘pretty’. Discussions with library science-focused friends led me to the concept of the Information Architect and User Experience Design, all of which ignited a passion within me that I never thought would happen.
And so here we are now. My latest role focused design a software platform that brought together a large suite of applications for designing, testing and managing the software production lifecycle for scientific instruments.
What this path often entails is persuading people from across teams and companies that:
We’re sincerely trying to make it easier on your users!