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Reader E-mail: “Follow your dreams while you can”

I just wanted to post an amazing e-mail that I received from Martha Mihaly in response to my post on going solo. It really made me sit up straight and take stock of what I’m doing here — getting involved in the community, making my own rules and exploring my passion. This e-mail, from one [Keep Reading...]

From the Archive: Changing Majors

The Google 2001 search engine inspired me to use the Internet Archive to find my old Carnegie Mellon student website. The furthest instance back had links to my Fall 2001 class schedule (first semester sophomore year), my “résumé in its entirety” and a real gem — a manifesto I wrote on why I had decided [Keep Reading...]

I’m running for the 2008 Information Architecture Institute board of directors

The Information Architecture Institute has four open spots on its Board of Directors and the 2008 election process is underway. A few weeks ago, my friend Livia Labate encouraged me to nominate myself, and while I was apprehensive at first, I decided to throw my hat into the ring. I believe I can help to [Keep Reading...]

Week 1 of independence

I just finished my first week of independent consulting with 33.25 billable hours. I’m pretty proud of that. Before I decided to make this leap, I had calculated that I need at minimum 26 hours per week in order to comfortably pay my bills, pay taxes and put some cash away in my IRA. I [Keep Reading...]

I’m going solo

Today is my last day of full-time employment. I have resigned from my role of Design Communicator at Liquidnet, and as of tomorrow will officially be an independent user experience design consultant. The notion of working for myself has always been there, lurking in the dark recesses of my mind. My parents are entrepreneurs and [Keep Reading...]

You like us, but do you know who we are?

User Experience as a discipline is finally starting to be recognized by a wider audience. Two recent press mentions in major publications help to expose the value of our expertise, but as usual I find that they’re creating a greater distinction between design and usability than I’m comfortable with. I consider myself a user experience [Keep Reading...]

Genesis

As of last month, it’s been three years since I finished grad school. Three years in the real world. Three years into a career, not just a string of jobs to pay the rent. I’ve been called an interaction designer, a user experience architect, and most recently a Design Communicator (a role invented here). Three [Keep Reading...]