Information Architect Specialist / User Experience Designer
UpdatesRelevant to my career path, as it relates to being a professional user/design researcher, information architect and design practitioner, user experience designer, user-centered designer, manager, usability tester—I did these specific updates in:
User/design research, Information Architecture (IA), user experience design (UXD), mobile user experience, navigation design, interaction design (IXD), user interface design, Internet design and technology, intranet information architecture, rapid prototyping, paper prototyping, Adobe Creative Suite, computer/Web programming, Dreamweaver, HTML, CSS, HTML5, CSS3, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Web usability, and usability testing.
Google Workshop for Design Sprint ProcessParticipated in workshop.
User research methods—IDEO/Stanford’s d.school.
Harvard University, Harvard i-LabReviewed online video; Increasing Your Creative Capacity.
Creativity is one of the most essential and vital attributes for being a successful entrepreneur. But how exactly does one increase their ability to think and act creatively?
In this session, award winning educator and artist Art Sherwyn will walk through the creative process and illustrate methods for training the intellect how to gain passage into the world of creative thought; within this world will lie the tools for creative problem solving and invention with focus on using these techniques to drive innovation within your own venture.
Art will also share the unique alignment the arts have with the human side of entrepreneurship and connection to the stability and longevity of your venture and quality of life. This workshop will provide very practical information which is easily adaptable. It is designed to be highly participatory and hands-on.
Stanford UniversityReviewed online video; cutting edge research within the human-computer interaction (HCI) field.
Ongoing Professional DevelopmentBayCHI was founded in 1989 by people who knew each other through SIGCHI and wanted to create a local technical community of HCI professionals. Don Patterson, co-founder and membership chair, describes BayCHI’s start:
At CHI+GI 1987, Kate Ehrlich of the Greater Boston SIGCHI (the first local ACM SIGCHI Chapter) sparked Sue Koopman’s imagination with her stories about the great things happening at the local Boston SIGCHI. With all the computer-related activity in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sue figured we should be able to establish a vital local CHI community as Kate and others had done in Boston.◼ BayCHI
◼ BayCHI meetings and workshops
◼ PARC events
◼ Hire Smart by Intuit and LinkedIn; workshops
LocationPARC (Palo Alto Research Center)
George E. Pake Auditorium
3333 Coyote Hill Road
Palo Alto, CA
Learning new things about user research, information architecture, user experience design, interaction design, mobile device design, interface design, game design, project/product management, computer/Web programming, and usability testing all the time; lectures and hands-on experience workshops.
CCSF Computer/Web Programming Courses (1 Semester)◼ CS 111A, Intro. to Programming: Java Programming
Introduction to computer programming and problem solving. No prior programming experience required. Course concepts include: problem solving techniques, algorithms, program design, control structures, methods, arrays and use of the Java programming language. C-ID COMP 112; UC/CSU.
Due to time constraints, I was not able to complete this course. However, I read the textbook at home, and I studied it diligently. I learned so much from just studying on my own, including the additional work with other Professors.
◼ Craig Persiko’s Links for Programmers
CCSF Computer/Web Programming Courses (1 Semester)◼ CNIT 132, Intermediate HTML, HTML5 & CSS3
Use of HTML [HTML5] to publish information on the World Wide Web, including the use of color, images, tables, and frames. Cascading Style Sheets [CSS3] are used to standardize the appearance of information within a page and across pages in a site. Introduction to scripting languages, Dynamic HTML, forms and CGI. Introduction to secure data transfer. Discussion of privacy, copyright, and accessibility issues. Hand code Web pages using HTML and XHTML and publish with FTP; CSU.
Textbooks and links:
◼ Basics of Web Design: HTML5 & CSS3, 2/E
◼ Web Development & Design Foundations with HTML5, 7/E
◼ CNIT Computer Networking & Information Technology
Web Standards, HTML5, CSS3 & Accessibility◼ http://www.w3.org
Café Venetia is where we go for coffee, tea, chocolate sweets, cocktails, and Italian pastries (very yummy!), after BayCHI meetings in Palo Alto, California, near Stanford University. We like to further discuss the ideas and concepts we learned at BayCHI meetings, including:
How it applies to user research, information architecture, interaction design, user experience design, design, game design, exhibit design, signage design, interface design, drafting and sketching, user flows, wire frame mockups, mapping and diagramming, computer/Web programming, HTML5, CSS3, mobile device design, human-computer interaction, user-centered design, textbooks from well-known authors, project/product management, and usability testing.
◼ Café VenetIA
◼ Stanford University
AcademyX Computer/Web Programming Courses
◼ HTML5 & CSS3 Certificate