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Human-Centered Designer


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Human-Centered Designer


HUMAN-CENTERED DESIGNER

What I love to do: Create products that improve people's lives, solve the right problems, and are a pleasure to use. How? Keenly observe and listen to people. Understand their essential goals and tasks. Build a conceptual foundation that is strong and flexible. Draw people with a variety of perspectives into the design process. Sketch loosely by hand before diving into the deep end of the pixel pool. Test, test, test. Write excellent user stories. After delivery, strive to make it even better. 

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Work


Work


WORK

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STRENGTHS


STRENGTHS


STRENGTHS

Interaction design
Mockups in a range of fidelities
Interactive prototypes
Technical design documentation
Agile user story writing
Interviewing
Usability testing
Writing

Listening
Cross-disciplinary collaboration
Defining the problem space
Brainstorming workshops
Persona definition
Task analysis
Conceptual design illustration
Information architecture

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Trivia


Trivia


TRIVIA

Back to school: In 2007 I took an "educational sabbatical" and immersed myself in environmental design for three years. It gave me a profound appreciation for the complexity of natural systems, and ignited a fascination with the way people interact with places.

Polyglot: I'm a language-learning fiend. Even as a child, I spoke fluent gibberish with my imaginary playmates. I studied French and Latin in high school, Italian in college, and American Sign Language in California. My level of mastery varies, but that never stops me from trying — I truly enjoy the learning process and connecting with people in their native language.

Places I've lived: Evanston, Illinois; Providence, Rhode Island; Bologna, Italy; San Francisco, California; and Portland, Oregon. I've lived in Portland since 2001 and it fits me like a glove.

First summer job: At age 15, I was hired to interview senior citizens about their histories and current experiences living in my hometown.

Most adventurous summer job: Maid at a lodge in the middle of Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

Most creative summer job: Exhibit design intern at Kohl Children's Museum. The highlight was researching and writing a proposal for an interactive exhibit on the artist Marc Chagall.