"The secret is to implement designs that have been repeatedly and fearlessly informed by research."
With a background in Human Factors in Information Design, photography, and instruction I have an unique perspective on interactions with products and services.
My past experience teaching special needs students has taught me empathy and patience.
Photographing people and events has taught me how to anticipate and be ready for whatever comes next.
The unique combination of skills and experience I bring to the table makes me a thorough researcher who works through questions and research in a thoughtful way while keeping my eye on the goal and end point.
I am keenly aware of business goals and continously looking for opportunities to demonstrate the ROI of User Experience.
My undergraduate studies and experience as a professional photographer fostered my ability to conceptualize and visualize ideas as well as create representations and stories to include others.
Working in a variety of settings including: a large multi-national corporation, elementary and middles schools, as well as a university setting has taught me to be flexible and how to effectively collaborate with many different types of people in a variety of roles.
I have sucessfully worked with people ranging from C-level executives, special needs students, graphic designers, project management, manufacturing, editors, vendors, and many people in between. I look for and find common ground to establish, build, and maintain successful collaborative relationships.
I am well versed in visual design principles and the elements that comprise a well designed visual.
In a previous life I photographed weddings, people, and events and practiced the art of performing in high pressure environment with all kinds of people. Check out a sample of my photography.
I enjoy expressing ideas and concepts using visual representations and love to quickly boil it down to get to the heart of the matter.
By designing to match the capability of human perceptual and cognitive processing the experiences we create can optimize the experience people have.
We can always accomplish more together than we can on our own. Some of the most satisfying projects that I have worked on have been successful because of the teams and amazingly talented individuals I've colloborated with.
It's most satisfying when a change to design improves an interaction by making it easier to use and recommendations are put into action!