I love a good problem to solve. I also believe in human-centered design. Before you can break the the rules, you have to understand them.
Design is so simple, that is why it is so complicated. — Paul RandMy Portfolio My Resume
iOS, Android, iPad and hybrid apps. Project Management, interaction and visual design.
Discover, design, develop, deploy. Strategy to interaction including visual design, asset creation and user testing.
Team, project leadership for web and UX since 1998.
WHO AM I?: I am an UX/IxD user advocate and a Team Manager. I'm a speaker at conferences, including an entire day pre-conference class at Adobe MAX this year on "UX for everyone". On my slideshare Page you can see the list of slides. I recently gave an online webinar to Adobe on using Adobe tools for UX designers. I believe in the UX process, because only then can you break the rules.
WHAT DO I DO?: Besides being a team leader, if I had to pick just one discipline in UX, that would be interaction. In interaction you still have to do the strategy and talking with stakeholders. Standards matter to me and designing the familiar for the user. Wireframes, any old way they are needed. I also enjoy the visual design aspect and since I've done development in the past, working with the developers is lots of fun and making sure they have the spec docs or assets they need. I strongly believe the tools are just that, tools. I'm an expert in Adobe apps (I don't keep them up, but was once certified in 7 Adobe apps), but I am just as comfortable in Axure or whatever. Just as long as it truely is the right tool for the job. Workflow is key.
WHEN DID I START?: Once upon a time in 1987 I was a print designer, like many who started in this business. By 1998 I was doing web design and shortly after that I started training for a local Mac Specialist. That started both by web and training career. By the early 2000's when I wasn't training I was doing web and UX, although I didn't have a name to it at that point. Since then, UX has been by life. I even run an IxDA user group, because I believe in educating those who want to learn more about UX.
User Interaction Design Manager (IxD): Passionate about applying user-centered design to make technology easier including web, mobile or applications. Understand UX process is key, when to use and for which discipline, in lean and agile world.
Technical Evangelist: Speaker at Adobe MAX and other conferences, demos for Adobe events, training staff on UX techniques, video tutorials. Adobe Instructor, podcaster, user group manager, Adobe Community Professional.
Human-centered design including: IxD Interaction Design, UX strategy, proof of concepts, research, user-testing, prototyping, wireframes, design briefs, A/B testing, mobile apps, web applications, Axure, sketching, IA, UX process, persona creation, visual design, Adobe Certified Instructor for many of the CC applications.
Bringing in the right stakeholder at the right time in a project is essential and having a good design plan.
Same thing goes for the tools you use. If I can sketch, to wireframe, to clickable PDF, to prototype or visual design, all the better. I am more then familiar with the Adobe apps, Axure, Sketch and of course, post it's, index cards and pencil and paper.
The correct prototype, is whatever interaction is needed for the user to correctly interact with the mobile/web/application being tested.
The tool used to create that prototype will also change depending on that interaction. I've used Muse, Flash, Fireworks, Indesign, HTML/js, InVisnionApp, UXPin and any number of other programs.
I love designing mobile apps because "designing the familiar" is still being defined. Making something simple is harder then you think, so the challenge is exciting.
There are so many more varibles then desktop design. What is the person doing while using the app and what do they need to do are my favorite questions.
From project managing multiple mobile apps, to presenting to large audiences, I love a challenge. I was a Certified Adobe Instructor for 15 years and that taught me how to learn. If I don't know something, give me a small amout of time, and I'll figure it out.
I read blogs and articles, daily and am always willing to push out of my comfort zone. I find the UX process the most challenging as a skill. There are so many techniques to choose from in any given project, figuring out which and how to use them keeps me excited about my profession.
Team Manager: Hired, and managed a team of Interaction/visual Design hybrids. Took Situational Leadership II from Blanchard. Weekly design meetings and Design Reviews. Conducted training for UX team.
Point of Contact / Project Manager for mobile apps: Redesign of 3 client-facing mobile applications. Project Managed all 3 apps. Changed interaction standards. Interaction Design and assets for iOS, Android, iPad. Mobile usage increased 165%. Data Analysis, Comparative/competitive analysis, new Personas created, user stories, experience maps, design briefs, stakeholder interviews, sketching, wireframes, IA, task flows, prototypes.
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UX design for internal applications: Customer care app for Chrysler's CVP program, proof of concepts for would-be apps and brainstorning new ideas for the "Innovation" award-winning team.
Mobile app UX: Agile team creating UX and fake assets for developers. On the Entertainment team for Sprint Zone. Page mock ups for mobile first. CSS Frameworks. Icon design. CSS Sprites. Prototypes. Axure, Illustrator, sketching, Fireworks.
UX Lead: Lead for the CMS for Sprint Zone. Hired team members. HTML, jQuery, CSS Frameworks. IA, site maps, written specs, design brief.
Proof of Concepts and Innovation team member: Think tank member and POC creation.. Web, and mobile. On a patent for "Method of Accessing Services From a Mobile Communication Device". Used any number of skills and applications. Sketching to Flash Catalyst and everything in-between.
UX Design for clients on mobile and websites. Adobe Certified Instructor for training centers, and Adobe events. D2W conference organizer. UX strategy and research, wireframes, UX process. Adobe CC tools, Axure, UXPin, InVisionApp, HTML, adaptive design.
Taught CSS, web design, HTML, digital camera, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash, InDesign, Photoshop, and Fireworks. Event organizer, for Adobe events like the Create Now tour. D2W conference founder and organizer. Speakers from around the world. Web design for F2 New Media and other clients. Communicated with clients doing UX first (stakeholder interviews, wireframes, testing), then UI, visual design and finally front end development. Founded KCCoreGroups (6 user groups in all) and KCUXCore, a UX user group.
Part UX team doing research, wireframes, design and strategy working with stakeholders to develop the eCommerce portion of Sprint.com. Helped in user testing to create the optimal environment for users to easily access and buy products.
Created many visual designs for websites for Teva's generic drug companies making sure branding was consistent. Worked with InTouch Solutions on a large site creating the CSS.
She presented for my TechWeds sessions several times. I added her to the elite Adobe Professionals team and got to know her well. Over the years, my respect has continued to grow. Dee is an amazing designer and equally so - an amazing developer. Not many possess the qualities needed to succeed at BOTH. This makes her an extremely unique asset. It has been my pleasure to work with Dee.
Dee's breadth of knowledge in a variety of software applications simply amazes me. She's is very involved in the online community, volunteering as an Adobe Community Expert, and in the "real world" as a User Group manager and teacher. Her sense of humor and enthusiasm are easily seen in how she happily shares her knowledge and skills with those around her. I've learned a lot from sitting in on her presentations, and I'm very pleased to call her not just a colleague, but a friend.
It's rare that you come across a talent like Dee. I've known and worked with Dee for over 7 years on various projects and she always goes above and beyond what's asked of her. Her knowledge of mobile platforms and dedication to helping others is particularly noteworthy. She is a dedicated member of the Adobe Community Professionals team and is always a favorite amongst conference attendees and her fellow speakers.