My Geeky Story
I’ve been fussing with computers since I was 13 or so. I grew up on Prodigy (this was even before AOL) and Madison BBSes. I carried my Mac Classic to my high school BASIC class. I built PCs while earning general credits at MATC. Did a stint at Sitel, doing Tech Support for AOL when everyone had dial-up and only one phone line. I graduated in 2001 with a Commercial Art Associate Degree (now known as the Graphic Design Degree) and started working at a local doll company.
During my time there, I migrated swiftly back to being a Mac user, and away from design toward HTML and CSS. I worked there during the Golden Age of tables for layout, spacer .gifs, and IE5; what a time to be alive!
I learned how to color-correct scanned film, use jQuery to make nifty animations, create annotated wireframes, and write usability tests. After being there for too long, I started my side quest: Gibsonworks, LLC, and, around the same time, began working at Earthling Interactive.
It was there that I was able to learn about WordPress, Expression Engine, Magento, Joomla!, and a few other interesting Content Management Systems. I also became proficient in PHP, jQuery, Twig, and SCSS, eventually getting promoted to Director with a team of developers and project managers.
I’ve recently breathed life back into my passion for Usability and User Experience Research and I’ve created a Usability Assessment system for identifying areas for improvement and opportunities to engage your customer, user, or prospect.
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