Senior UX Synthesizer
From where do you receive your creative inspiration?
Everywhere. Anywhere. Nowhere. I think the main difference between people who are considered “creative” and those who are not, is how we register what we see. We don’t see numbers, equations, and ratios; we see shapes, colors, and ideas, along with the possibilities that they hold.
The best thing about working for a small company?
Working for a small company is almost like having another family. It creates an atmosphere that inspires trust, which allows people to put their most creative and innovative ideas forward.
An average day:
Some days I am motivated enough to get out of bed, eat half a banana, and drive my (usually half asleep) self to the pilates studio at 5:30 in the morning. Other days, I crawl out of bed and hop -- “hop” may be a little perky for my morning attitude, “step” might be more my pace -- on my elliptical. And for those other days, the days I just can’t will myself out of bed, I save my workout for after work. Some weeks there are a lot of these days. Either way, I make myself a healthy breakfast -- can’t forget about the most important meal of the day – and rush off to work. Once I get to the office, I check emails, consult my to-do’s and get the day started. I tend to do a mixture of wireframing, designing, and brainstorming… and stay as far away from programming as possible. To me, programming is like the worst puzzle of all time. No thank you. Before I know it, the day is over and I am running out the door to catch a work out class, go to volleyball practice, or pick up some groceries for dinner. I swear I am at the grocery store more than some of the employees…
BA in Art: Graphic Design and minor in Marketing at the University of Northern Iowa.
One thing you cannot live without:
Chocolate! …and sunscreen – boring, but so true.
Dogs or cats?
Umm…neither? No, I am not an animal hater. I am just seriously allergic. According to my allergy test, the only animal I could have is a horse, which I think may be slightly too big for my condo. But I really like going to the zoo…
“Day’s Like This” by Van Morrison.
Zoo giraffe or wild giraffe? Why?
From a human perspective, I say zoo giraffe. Who wouldn’t want a warm, safe place to live? A place that bathes, feeds, and waits on you? Maybe I’m glamorizing the zoo, but it just seems like a better idea than being lion food.
It’s a toss up between a big bowl of Honey Nut cheerios with fresh blueberries and a freshly grilled cheeseburger (on a whole wheat bun, of course) with sweet potato fries, (Iowa) corn on the cob, and cantaloupe, AND freshly-squeezed lemonade. I must be in the mood for summer…
Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten:
Rattlesnake. I’m actually not sure how I got talked into it. Just thinking about it gives me the heeby jeebies.
You can’t get enough:
Fresh blueberries (preferably big, fat, juicy, sweet ones). YUM.
Just say no to:
Fast food. Mayonnaise. And mayonnaise on fast food.
Ok, I understand this is kind of extreme. Anyone reading this must think I’m a liar – nobody actually thinks greasy, fake hamburgers and over-salted french fries taste bad. It’s not that I can’t stand fast food, I just can’t handle what it does to my stomach, especially In ‘N’ Out Burger (I never would have gone, but I was out-voted). I will not divulge any details about my one and only disastrous visit…
Something that makes you unique:
My sense of smell. Burp anywhere near me and I can probably tell you what you had for lunch. Gross. I know.
Oddly, you love:
Getting into a made bed. This is only odd because I never make the bed.
People who play their music so loud I can sing along from the headphones (in their ears). A) I don’t want to hear your music. B) No one wants to hear me sing. C) Seriously? You will be deaf by 40.
Most useless skill?
I know how to expose 35 mm film. Pretty sure I’m never going to need to do that again.
Commonly heard listening to:
Frank Sinatra and crew
Caffeine Intake: 1 out of 5
A cup of tea...maybe
Typically seen in:
Cardigan and leggings
- Andy Van FleetPartner
- Kurt Vander WielPartner
- Nick BraySenior UX Generator
- Amye ValantUsability Analyst
- Jason ThompsonUX Designer & Illustrator
- Josh PeterInteraction Designer
- Mark IehlOperations Manager
- Matt JohnsonUX Designer & Developer
- Mitch SplinterUX Developer
- Greg JanesUX Strategist