I am a User Experience Researcher, and I want to challenge myself to contribute back to the thinking of the User Experience field. I want to get involved in discussions that keep the field moving forward, making breakthroughs, and making a difference with the work we do. The User Experience field is extremely forward thinking, and I want to help keep it moving forward.
“You shouldn’t try to be the best in the world. You should try to do the best for the world.” – Hall Steps Foundation
One way I want to contribute to the thinking of the field is starting a blog – finding my voice, and putting it out there. I was inspired by an article by Chris Brogan, and I’d like to thank Chris Brogan, for putting his thoughts out there – about how to find your voice, and put it into a blog. I am hoping to connect with more UX professionals challenged with resistance from the status quo, and want to make breakthroughs happen that benefit the end user. Using this blog, I hope to express my thoughts, tips, breakthroughs, challenges, and experiences while working in the profession of User Experience Research.
Who am I?
I am a User Experience Researcher for Citrix Online, and I conduct usability studies, interviews, and remote research on products like GoToMeeting, GoToMyPC, and GoToAssist. I conduct User Experience Research to inform design decisions the organization has to make when creating user experiences.
After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, I spent a year and a half working through a dip, not knowing what my next challenge would be. I tried working for an embassy, public affairs firm, law firm, and an academic library. After enrolling in graduate school at UCLA’s School for Information Studies, I quickly learned that I wanted to help design great user experiences.
My greatest wish:
My greatest wish is to become a teacher and leader in my field, as inspired by Phil Agre’s “How to be a leader in your field.”
What is something most people don’t know about you:
Before becoming a user experience researcher I worked in academic libraries for 7 years. I recently ran my second marathon: Santa Barbara International Marathon, 2010, and I have a running blog, too!