Senior User Experience Designer specializing in the design of complex enterprise-level web-based and desktop applications such as those for network monitoring, disaster recovery, email and file system archiving, ediscovery, as well as internal applications such as Microsoft Windows Update Publishing Suite.
Many years of hands-on expertise in all aspects of graphic design, including typography and page layout. Skilled in the art and science of information architecture and business intelligence; proficient in the creation of wireframes, writing specifications, creating and maintaining design standards and pattern libraries.
Just when I think I've done it all, something new and exciting comes along to prove me wrong, again and again. Isn't that what life is about: trying new things, taking risks, learning, teaching, laughing, making others laugh? It seems that way to me. Recently, a very insightful person, about 10 minutes into our first lunch "date", said to me, "So you're a nurturer." It took me aback for a momemt, but upon reflection I realized it was true. My passion for designing usable software interfaces is really another way for me to apply nurturing, i.e., to make it easier for people to get their jobs done.
From the time I was very young, I was constantly drawing, painting, and building things. In learning to draw one becomes aware of concepts such as 3-point perspective and how, using perspective, shading, and lighting, one can fool the mind and eye into thinking it's seeing in three dimensions. In order to take this to another level, I began researching Gestalt human perception studies and in doing so, learned ways to make it easier for people to access information. Also, in parallel with this, I've always had a deep respect for books and became interested in type and typography and the design of books. I found that one can use interline spacing to establish a rhythm to help users retain information. That's just the beginning of the story.I look around me and see what the designers who came before me have done to improve our lives, and I'm constantly aware of what we still need to do to keep improving, to make our lives flow more smoothly. Of course, there is much more to it, and if you're interested in hearing more, contact me at email@example.com or use the Contact page.
To be creative, to find new and better ways to improve the user experience, to take better photos and to find a studio where I can paint again.
My main mission in life, though, is to learn how to be more aware, to treat all creatures as I would expect to be treated. And quoting from one of my favorite movies, "Strictly Ballroom," to always keep in mind that "you can't live your life in fear."
A Senior User Experience Designer, Painter and Photographer. I was an information designer at Chevron Resources (alternative energy) from 1977 to 1988. I started up a design department, at Microsoft in 1988 and left in 1995 to open the Bastoky Gallery in Seattle. I freelanced all aspects of design. I've taught continuing education courses in HTML, Project Management, Designing for Usability, Technical Documentation Design, and others.
I've traveled to India, Italy, Canada, and Mexico. I've lived in Cleveland, Ohio; Miami, Florida; Shreveport, Louisiana; Berkeley, Oakland, and San Jose, California; Seattle, Redmond and Bremerton, Washington. What's next?