November 2nd, 2010
Who am I?
I’m a Canadian living in London with my husband (who you can find over at www.omovo.org) and my cat (no website yet, but she’s working on it). We love London, but could do with a few more sunny days per year.
I love yoga, but don’t go nearly enough (even though there is a perfectly good studio right up the street) and am trying very hard to be a runner – I did my first 5K run in several years back in February, and am now training for a 10K.
What do I do?
I’ve always been interested in understanding people, which led me to do my undergrad degree in Cognitive Science. From there I worked as a software UI developer at IBM Canada for several years, with some of the most talented individuals I’ve come across to date. It was at IBM that I was first introduced to User Centred Design and the idea of designing things (products, software, services, websites) to fit people instead of expecting people to adapt to things that are designed and created without their needs in mind. I was so excited to have found a domain that merged my interest in understanding people with my interest in technology, that I signed up to do my MSc in Human Computer Interaction with Ergonomics at University College London. Since my graduation in 2007, I have been putting this notion into practice nearly every day in my work as a User Experience Consultant over at System Concepts.
I’ve been lucky enough to be able to do user research and work on the design of a number of different products, including software for police custody officers, banking applications, mobile phones, software for airline travel agents, internal and public facing websites, among many others – who says you can’t love what you do?