I’m a UI/UX Designer.
UI design is my calling. I found my way into the craft in college by
blending computer science and cognitive psychology.
I have broad experience. Design and Development. Mac, Windows, Web. Big companies, startups, freelance. I‘ve seen a lot!
I have a knack for finding order out of chaos.
Gallup describes it as “a distinct way of thinking, [a perspective that] allows you to see patterns where others simply see complexity”.
I have an open mind when it comes to design. Different projects have different needs, so I prefer to be pragmatic rather than dogmatic. My view of design is straightforward:
Understanding user goals and product goals is essential for successful design.
Understanding tasks and workflows; identifying and representing the concepts involved; considering how users interact with these. To me, this is the essence of UI design.
Gathering feedback is just as important for design as gathering requirements.
Designs are never perfect. Even a great UI design changes the landscape of a user’s needs, so change is inevitable. Expect to rinse and repeat.
I have technical chops. I’ve found my technical grounding and development skills useful, even when my role doesn’t call for it.
My first “real” job was writing Macintosh applications in C/C++. This gave me an early break into design.
World Wide Web
When I first learned about the Web, I saw the writing on the wall for CD-ROM. I switched my focus, and embarked on a wild ride!
The emergence of libraries like jQuery, made working with the DOM less tedious and more fun.
The “Postmodern” Web
With the rise of single-page web and mobile applications, so much has changed. As a UI/UX specialist, I mostly focus on the front-end.