“Know thy users” – Joshua Brewer
My personal passion is creating life-sized art encaustics; adding in multi-media, and setting it on fire! Yes, people pay me well for this! But I also delight in sharing my creative left/right brain with the world by designing elegant and user-happy experiences. My art tools are now the pen and mouse.
As a recent graduate from the Faculty of Communications in information design at Mount Royal University, I’m working toward applying those collaborative marathons of design research experience to make the world a better and more inclusive place — at least a more user-friendly one.
My interdisciplinary background includes knowledge of cognitive psychology, human factors design, and great interpersonal/intercultural and corporate communication skills.
Aside from taking in-depth courses in information architecture, usability, instructional design, data visualizations and technical writing, I also freelance and have worked with grass-roots organizations and corporations, researching data and critically designing public and government awareness data visualizations.
A recent project with Calgary’s Kerby Centre included detailed ethnographic research and systems thinking ideation in order to co-design an instructional prototype and video to educate older adults on the dangers of contracting sexually-transmitted infections.
My passion is making the invisible, visible. One of my recent academic projects was for Choosing Wisely Canada and as one of a few capstone projects, I was responsible for researching and designing the Canadian Healthcare Sustainability index; a data visualization that captured the waste of unnecessary medical diagnostic testing in Canada, and the projected future consequences.