I am a user experience designer in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I currently work for Deque Systems, where I design web applications which help development teams test their websites for accessibility. I got my Masters in Human Computer Interaction from the School of Information at the University of Michigan in 2013 and have been enjoying the field of inclusive design ever since.
I’m passionate about including the people who use the products I design in the design process. Talking with a product’s actual end users helps everyone who is involved in creating the product understand how to improve it. Without that feedback, everything we make is built on a pile of assumptions.
I’m also a strong believer in inclusive design. Things should be usable by anyone who wants to use them – regardless of age, gender, ability, or culture. Creating experiences that are usable by a variety of people is a worthy design challenge, and one that I enjoy. I’ve learned a ton about web accessibility by working at Deque and have started sharing what I’ve learned by talking and writing about it.
Outside of work, I have too many hobbies to keep up with. I read a lot: my favorite things to read are science fiction and comics. I also enjoy knitting, watching movies and playing video games. I love walking in the spring and fall, biking in the summer, and curling up by the window with a hot cup of tea and a good book in the winter.
I also have two extremely photogenic cats.