Why UX? Because there's always room for improvement. I love asking why! The world is constantly changing, good research helps us keep up and meet people's needs. I bring a strong sense of compassion to my UX work. I'm a firm believer that people's needs are paramount, and there's always a better, more innovative way to meet those needs.
I'm also a dark room photographer, passable yogi, and a decent rock climber. I speak Bahasa Indonesia at an intermediate level, which is useful if you find yourself with an unplanned 36 hour layover in Kuala Lumpur (it happens). I am a minimalist travel enthusiast who gives excellent zoo tours. I'm a rabid podcast consumer. I occasionally tweet things that make me happy.
I've designed and conducted the following ethnographic research projects: Long-term ethnography of hula halau in Hawaii (2010-2011), Rapid Assessment ethnography of Somali school-age children in Seattle (2013), qualitative interviews with ceramic makers in Indonesia (2015). I'm experienced in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, but I'm always up for learning new skills.
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