I believe that prototyping is an integral part of the process. Prototypes are crucial in getting the team on the same page and clearly communicating how the product will work. Much of interaction design is finding something that feels right, there is no other way than to actually build and refine.
When it comes to bringing a new design to life, I typically reach for a pencil and paper. I prefer 11x17. I'll work through sketches and wireframes using several sheets. After testing concepts, it is off to Affinity Designer then into HTML where we can begin to see what it will be like to use and test with customers. As of late, I've been using Twitter Bootstrap as a wireframe / prototyping framework, along with jQuery, HTML, CSS and often PHP for managing multiple variations.
Design and Development tools
My tools of choice for designing, prototyping, and delivering products:
User Experience Methods
The following are tools that I've used in the past to research, evaluate or design products:
I'm a user experience designer living in San Diego, Encinitas to be exact. I've been creating software, websites and applications that have addressed the needs of millions of customers across many industries. From eBay to TurboTax, customers have played a central role in delivering solutions that delight both customers and shareholders.
I love doing. I've initiated new product offerings, I can lead, code, design, and am happy to facilitate usability sessions. I've guest lectured at UCSD and taught seminars on User Centered Design. I enjoy working in small teams with big challenges. I hate the phrase, "It's not my job."
- My undergraduate degree is in Economics from UC San Diego.
- My Masters degree is in Human Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University.
I enjoy anything involving designing, building, or learning. I can be found doing home improvement projects, growing veggies and hops for my homebrew, playing soccer, running, surfing, and the occasional skate session. I also enjoy coding for the web and Arduino, and playing video games. As of late, I've been diving into cooking techniques and unearthing what makes food taste good, besides hunger.
My favorite foods do not require utensils: burritos and pizza.