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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 solve the right problems, improve people's lives, and are a pleasure to use. How? Engage people with a variety of perspectives in the design process. Keenly observe and listen to them. Internalize their essential goals and tasks. Understand the context. Build a conceptual foundation that is strong and flexible. Get into that interaction design flow state. Iterate, iterate, iterate. Craft excellent user stories that developers are excited to work on; collaborate closely with them from start to finish. Take a moment to celebrate a hard-won release. Then back to work making the thing 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
Participatory design
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.