In over 15 years experience creating a wide variety of media and web experiences, I've been blessed to work with an amazing array of clients, colleagues, talent and toolkits. Now when web applications get more complex every day yet requring a simplified facade, I've found my place working on improving user experiences for the enterprise in desktop and mobile. For projects to be successful, you need to have an ultra clear picture and direction. And this is what I do best. Along with enabling teams with screen flow architecture, prototyping my aim is always to include visual and well-written documentation and style guide content.
User Interface Design
Wireframing / Prototyping
Mobile UX Design
Responsive Web Design
Visio / yED
Bootstrap / Material CSS
Adobe Creative Suite
HTML5 / CSS / jQuery
Copy and Technical Writing
Agile Iterative Methods
Sketch / XD
3D Modeling (Blender)
Windows / Mac / Linux
Jira / Confluence
I've worked in large corporate environments, medium size businesses, non-profit and higher education. In previous work I also facilitated training workshops with groups of salespeople, teachers and students. I find myself, whether uniquely or not at the intersection of creating and building AND equally valuable meeting with clients and stakeholders translating requirements into actionable methods and prototypes. I pride myself in jumping into projects already underway and performing and conforming to standards and raising them over time.
I've done technical writing, written a book on the Adobe Creative Suite, which was internationally published, still on Amazon and found in some libraries. And I've done my own product development where I've created physical products, mostly side projects and prototypes but they involve the drafting and CAD work to create in the real world. No patents out there but its' not out of the question. So I'm extremely aware of working through many variables, and though every situation is different, I'm always keeping production workflows and architecture in mind.
Development of a website means months of abstraction. So I've always seen it my job to ground it in reality from the very beginning. That way as much of the expectations can be set as possible and frankly I know what the heck I'm looking at. Nobody wants to stifle good ideas that come from deep within the weeds of the development process, but at the same time, you need to start with a clear picture early on before all that happens. So I will create or work from an architecture diagram of the flow of a site. From there, sketching thumbnails of various screens, and in the process of that hopefully showing the stakeholders, here's kind of how this thing will work. And then it gets to be higher and higher fidelity, until it can, but not always, look exactly like the final product.
It seems like every 3-4 years in web development there is a huge change that shifts the industry, a framework maybe, or a new paradigm. But every week there are new services or upgraded standards of executing some element of the work. I strive to stay up with current trends without being distracted by what's trendy. Our work needs to last so we can see it exist in operation. But it's worth commenting on that somewhere that balance exists, staying current and withstanding the allure of the new and temporary.
What I try to do is make sure I'm dabbling in new tools every few months, testing them out and making sure that I know what's going on. I think I'd put more weight on mastering something. So I try to take time every quarter and work on something new, or improvement to an underdeveloped skill. And I pay attention to the industries I'm involved in every week or so to make sure I know what's happening. This might be through articles, meetups or being subscribed to a few key mailing lists for summaries.
If anyone new to this is reading, I recommend a laser focus on the work, but hit the brakes briefly once in a while to just know what's coming from the many directions. Now that we're all connected and people are sharing constantly, you never know when the next perfect tool for your toolkit is invented by tinkerer in Bulgaria. Or that someone may be you. So contribute what you can, enable yourself to do that by learning.